Thomas Stewart (Irish footballer)

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Thomas Stewart
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Stewart
Date of birth (1986-11-12) 12 November 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ottawa Fury
Number 16
Youth career
2001–2003 Portadown
2003–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Linfield 46 (16)
2008–2009 Derry City 43 (14)
2010 Shamrock Rovers 32 (10)
2011–2012 Partick Thistle 17 (6)
2012–2013 Shamrock Rovers 42 (11)
2014–2016 Sacramento Republic 49 (22)
2016– Ottawa Fury 13 (3)
National team
2006–2008 Northern Ireland U21 19 (4)
2007–2008 Northern Ireland U23 2 (0)
2007 Irish Football League 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2016.


Thomas Stewart, (born 12 November 1986), is a Northern Irish footballer who plays for the Ottawa Fury. He is known for his long range shooting and precise finishing.

Playing career[edit]

Wolverhampton Wanderers[edit]

As an apprentice Stewart was the youth team's top goalscorer and played in a FA Youth semi-final against Southampton in 2005, but never made the breakthrough to first team football.

Linfield[edit]

After returning from England he signed a full-time contract with the Blues on 11 September 2006. He scored on his debut v Limavady on the 30th, but subsequently was used mostly as a wide midfielder by David Jeffrey. He moved to Derry City following successful seasons at Linfield.

Derry City[edit]

Stewart signed for Stephen Kenny (footballer) in June 2008 on a two and a half-year full-time contract. He made his debut in Sligo on 5 July.[1] Stewart scored on his home debut the following week.[2] He was the second opposition player to score at Tallaght Stadium in March 2009.[3] He had a productive couple of seasons at the Brandywell winning the FAI League Cup and playing and scoring in the UEFA Europa League.[4]

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

Despite agreeing terms with Carolina Railhawks in March 2010 [5] the player returned home to sign for Shamrock Rovers. He made his debut against University College Dublin A.F.C. on 2 April.[6] He scored Rovers' winner in the Europa League tie against Bnei Yehuda in July 2010 which set up the glamour tie against Italian giants Juventus.[7] Stewart proved to be a big game player and in the last league game of the 2010 League of Ireland season he scored on the night Rovers secured their 16th domestic crown.[8]

Partick Thistle[edit]

Stewart made his debut for Thistle in a home defeat against Falkirk F.C.. His first goal came in a 3–2 defeat away to Dundee F.C. on 30 April 2011.

Return to Rovers[edit]

In July 2012 Stewart signed back for The Hoops scoring 11 times the following 2013 season.[9]

Sacramento Republic[edit]

Stewart made the move to North America in 2014, signing with United Soccer League (3rd div.) club Sacramento Republic. In the 2014 season, he made 28 appearances and 17 starts in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and helping Sacramento to its first championship in its first-ever season.[10]

In 2015 Stewart scored 8 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions, including 3 goals in 17 league appearances. That year he became the first Northern Irish player to score a hat-trick in the U.S. Open Cup, scoring three against Sonoma County Sol.[10]

In 2016 Stewart scored 1 goal in 10 league appearances for Sacramento.[11]

Ottawa Fury[edit]

Stewart was transferred to the NASL's Ottawa Fury on 12 July 2016.[12]

International[edit]

Stewart played for the Northern Ireland national under-19 football team in the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship finals that were hosted in Northern Ireland. He scored their only goal against Germany. Voted top 10 future players following the tournament. Stewart captained his national U21 team against Scotland in a 1-0 victory in which he scored in.

Honours[edit]

Linfield
Derry City
Shamrock Rovers
Sacramento Republic

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Derry City v CSKA Sofia - The Brandywell - Extratime.ie - League of Ireland Fixtures". extratime.ie. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC Sport - Football - Ex-NI Under-21 striker Thomas Stewart signs for US club". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shamrock Rovers 0 UCD 0". airtricityleague.com. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bnei Yehuda 0-1 Shamrock Rovers (Agg 1-2) - RTÉ Sport". rte.ie. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bray Wanderers 2:2 Rovers". shamrockrovers.ie. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tommy Stewart signs". shamrockrovers.ie. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Sacramento profile". Sacramento Republic FC. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sacramento Republic USL 2016 stats". USL. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Fury FC add another weapon to their attack". Ottawa Fury FC. Retrieved 12 July 2016.