Stephen Stirling (footballer)

Stephen Stirling (born 5 January 1990) is a Scottish footballer who plays for [Neilston Juniors]

Stephen Stirling
Personal information
Full name Stephen Stirling
Date of birth (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Stenhousemuir
Youth career
2007–2009 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Rangers 0 (0)
2011Stirling Albion (loan) 10 (2)
2011–2012 Stranraer 26 (12)
2012–2013 Greenock Morton 7 (1)
2013–2014 Greenock Morton 11 (0)
2014–2015 Stranraer 39 (5)
2015–2017 Stenhousemuir 43 (2)
National team
2007–2009 Scotland U19 9 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 April 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 September 2016

Stirling started his career with Rangers, spending a loan spell at Stirling Albion, before being released and dropping out the senior game for a short time, then returning with Stranraer. He has also had two spells at Greenock Morton.

Club careerEdit

Born in Paisley, Stirling joined Stirling Albion in the 2011 January transfer window until the end of the season.[1] On 7 May 2011 he scored his first league goals, when he scored twice as Stirling ended a 25-match winless streak with victory over Morton on the final day of the season.[2]

After leaving Rangers in 2011, Stirling dropped out of the senior game for a short time playing amateur football in Paisley, before returning to senior football with Stranraer. After scoring 12 goals in 26 league matches, Stirling signed a pre-contract agreement with First Division side Greenock Morton.[3] Stirling scored his first league goal for Morton when he drove in the only goal in a 1–0 victory over Raith Rovers.[4] Stirling missed the rest of the 2012–13 season injured with a broken leg sustained in a league match against Partick Thistle.[5] With him being out of contract in the summer of 2013, Stirling was given the summer to prove he had recovered from his injury by Allan Moore.[6]

After recovering from his leg break, Stirling was given a short-term deal in September 2013.[7] In January 2014, he was released from his contract[8] and returned to his former club Stranraer in January 2014. After eighteen months with the Scottish League One side, Stirling was released from his contract with the side.[9] Shortly after leaving Stranraer, Stirling signed for fellow League One side Stenhousemuir on a one-year contract.[10]

International careerEdit

Stirling has represented Scotland at Under-19 international level, playing in the 2009 UEFA U19 European Championship Elite Round.[11]

In total he received nine caps at U19 level, scoring five goals.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

[13]

As of 8 November 2013
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stirling Albion (loan) 2010–11 Scottish First Division 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Total 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Stranraer 2011–12 Scottish Third Division 26 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 12
Total 26 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 12
Greenock Morton 2012–13 Scottish First Division 7 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 10 2
2013–14 Scottish Championship 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Total 18 1 1 0 3 1 1 0 23 2
Career totals 54 15 1 0 3 1 1 0 59 16
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances (including substitutes) and goals in the Scottish Challenge Cup.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stirling stays on at Stirling". Scottish Football League. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Stirling Albion 3 - 2 Morton". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (25 May 2012). "Stirling effort from Ton". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
  4. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (22 September 2012). "Ton leapfrog Raith into third". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (6 October 2012). "Ton topple league leaders". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (7 May 2013). "Stephen still needs to earn new contract". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Stephen Stirling". Greenock Morton F.C. 27 September 2013. Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Jonathan (6 January 2013). "Three players exit Morton". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  9. ^ "2015 Stranraer FC Released Players List". stranraerfc.org. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Player News - Two New Signings". stenhousemuirfc.com. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Jonathan helps Scots get off to a flier". Heart of Midlothian FC. 28 May 2009. Archived from the original on 18 September 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  12. ^ "History Archives - Stephen Stirling". Scottish F.A. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Stephen Stirling Stats". Soccerbase.

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