Graham Stuart (footballer)
Graham Charles Stuart (born 24 October 1970) is an English former professional footballer and sports commentator. As a player, he was an attacking midfielder and forward from 1989 until 2005.
|Full name||Graham Charles Stuart|
|Date of birth||24 October 1970|
|Place of birth||Tooting, England|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He spent the majority of his career in the Premier League, playing in the top tier of English football for Chelsea, Everton, Charlton Athletic and Norwich City. He also had a two-year spell with Sheffield United, and was capped 5 times, scoring twice for England U21.
Stuart had spells at Everton, Chelsea, Sheffield United and Charlton Athletic. Stuart spent the majority of his Everton career playing as a right midfielder, but did also spend time playing as a centre-forward (including the victories in the 1995 FA Cup semi-final and final). During his time he won the FA Cup in 1995, beating Manchester United 1–0 in the final at Wembley; his shot from inside the penalty area hit the bar, but Paul Rideout headed the ball into the empty net.
Nicknamed 'Diamond' during this time at Everton, Stuart's most famous moment in a blue shirt came on 7 May 1994. He scored two goals as Mike Walker's Everton defeated Wimbledon at Goodison Park on the final day of the season to escape relegation by the slimmest of margins. He scored the winning goal nine minutes from time, completing a comeback after the Blues had fallen 2–0 down in the game.
Since his retirement from professional football in August 2005, at the age of 34, Stuart has done occasional television work for Sky Sports and worked at a financial management company which represents the interests of other sportspeople.
- FA Cup: 1995
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- "Club Connector: Graham Stuart". Everton F.C. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2018.