Thomas Stewart (Irish footballer)
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|Full name||Thomas Stewart|
|Date of birth||12 November 1986|
|Place of birth||Craigavon, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|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.
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.
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.
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. Stewart scored on his home debut the following week. He was the second opposition player to score at Tallaght Stadium in March 2009. He had a productive couple of seasons at the Brandywell winning the FAI League Cup and playing and scoring in the UEFA Europa League.
Despite agreeing terms with Carolina Railhawks in March 2010  the player returned home to sign for Shamrock Rovers. He made his debut against University College Dublin A.F.C. on 2 April. 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. 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.
Return to Rovers
In July 2012 Stewart signed back for The Hoops scoring 11 times the following 2013 season.
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.
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.
In 2016 Stewart scored 1 goal in 10 league appearances for Sacramento.
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.
- Derry City
- Shamrock Rovers
- Sacramento Republic
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