Paul Stewart (footballer, born 1964)
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Paul Andrew Stewart (born 7 October 1964) is an English former professional footballer who played top division football for Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, and was capped three times at senior level for England in the early 1990s, also winning the FA Cup with Tottenham Hotspur.
|Full name||Paul Andrew Stewart|
|Date of birth||7 October 1964|
|Place of birth||Manchester, England|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder, Forward|
|1994||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||18||(3)|
|1994||→ Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||8||(2)|
|1995||→ Burnley (loan)||6||(0)|
|1995||→ Sunderland (loan)||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Stewart started his career as an apprentice with Blackpool, turning professional in October 1981. He made his debut for the Seasiders in a home draw with Rochdale on 10 February 1982. For the remainder of the season, he alternated between midfield and forward. It wasn't until Sam Ellis became manager that Stewart found his true role, at centre-forward. In his final season (1986–87) with the Tangerines, he notched-up 21 goals and helped Mark Taylor net fourteen.
After over 200 first team appearances, he joined Manchester City in March 1987 for a fee of £200,000, then a welcomed record for hard-up Blackpool, but he was unable to keep City in the First Division. On 7 November 1987 he was one of three players, the others being David White and Tony Adcock to score a hat-trick in a 10–1 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Second Division.
In total that season, he scored 24 goals for City, but was unable to get them promoted. Terry Venables signed him in June 1988 for Tottenham Hotspur, paying £1.7million (a portion of which went to his first club, Blackpool). At the time it was one of the highest fees paid by an English club, and the highest for a Second Division player.
Stewart made his debut for Spurs on 1 October 1988, as a substitute in a 2–2 draw at home to Manchester United, missing a stoppage time penalty. Bought as a striker and scoring 12 goals in his first league season at White Hart Lane, when his goals dried up, he was successfully converted to a midfield role. This came about during a match with Luton at White Hart Lane in December 1990, with Spurs losing Nayim and Pat van den Hauwe to red cards (and Luton being down to ten men), he dropped back and was the most influential player in the match, scoring both goals in a 2–1 win. He was part of a Tottenham midfield which also included Nayim, Paul Gascoigne and Paul Allen, backing up the strikeforce of Gary Lineker and Paul Walsh.
On 5 January 1991, Stewart returned to Bloomfield Road when Tottenham beat Blackpool 1–0 in the Third Round of the FA Cup. It was the only time Stewart faced his first club. He would go on to score Spurs' first goal in the 1991 FA Cup Final win against Nottingham Forest, and was generally regarded as the Man of the Match.
After speculation over the summer of 1992 that he would sign for Manchester United or return to Manchester City, Stewart was transferred to Liverpool in July 1992 for £2.3million, but injuries and lack of form plagued his time at Anfield. He became their second striker to Ian Rush after Dean Saunders was sold to Aston Villa in September, but managed just one league goal (against Sheffield United on his Anfield debut) from 24 games as Liverpool spent most of the season struggling in the new Premier League before finishing sixth. On a rare positive note at Anfield, he scored twice for the Reds in their European Cup Winners' Cup first round first leg victory over Apollon Limassol on 16 September 1992. A proposed second spell with Manchester City, who expressed an interest in re-signing him in July 1993, never took place.
He played just eight league games in 1993–94 as new arrival Nigel Clough and then rising star Robbie Fowler took his place alongside Rush, and went out on loan to Crystal Palace, helping them return to the Premier League at the first attempt as Division One champions. He never played for Liverpool after the 1993–94 season, although he remained contracted to the club (and assigned the number 8 squad number for another season until it went to Stan Collymore) until March 1996. Stewart scored just three goals during his spell at Liverpool.
He had loan spells at Crystal Palace (January 1994), Wolverhampton Wanderers (September 1994), Burnley (February 1995) and Sunderland (August–November 1995), before joining Sunderland on a free transfer in March 1996 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League as Division One champions. He was unable to keep them in the Premier League and after their relegation he signed for Stoke City. Stewart's spell at Stoke City was not a successful one as he played 25 times in 1997–98 scoring three goals and ended with Stoke suffering relegation to the third tier.
Stewart then signed for non-league side Workington, scoring 15 goals in 55 games over two years, and helping them win promotion from the North West Counties League in his first season, before retiring from playing completely at the end of the 1999–00 season with Workington re-established in the Northern Premier League First Division. Stewart remains one of the very few players to have the distinction of playing in a north London derby, a Manchester derby, a Merseyside derby and a North east derby.
Stewart was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006. Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Stewart is in the 1980s.
Stewart released his autobiography in August 2017, titled, Damaged.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other[A]||Total|
|Manchester City||1986–87||First Division||11||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||2|
|Tottenham Hotspur||1988–89||First Division||30||12||1||0||4||1||0||0||35||13|
|Crystal Palace (loan)||1993–94||First Division||18||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||3|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers (loan)||1994–95||First Division||8||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||10||2|
|Burnley (loan)||1994–95||First Division||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Stoke City||1997–98||First Division||22||3||1||0||2||0||0||0||25||3|
- Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record: 1887–1992. Breedon Books.
- "Matchday memories: Spurs visit Bloomfield Rd" - Blackpool Gazette
- Winter, Henry (23 July 1992). "Football: Rocastle's move to Leeds leaves room for Thomas". The Independent. London.
- "Paul's pearler". LFC History. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- Lowe, Simon (2000). Stoke City The Modern Era - A Complete Record. Desert Island Books. ISBN 1-874287-39-2.
- Singleton, Steve, ed. (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 82–85. ISBN 978-1-84547-182-8.
- "The Hall Of Fame - 1980's". Blackpool Supporters Association. Archived from the original on 12 June 2010. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- "Paul Stewart: I was sexually abused by my football coach for four years". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Former Liverpool player Paul Stewart on the child abuse which nearly destroyed him". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
- Paul Stewart at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)