MAR­CUS STE­WART FACT­FILE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Born: Bris­tol, 1972 (Age 42) 1991-1996 Orig­i­nally a winger, Ste­wart was con­verted to a striker at Bris­tol Rovers, who he’d joined af­ter be­ing re­leased by Southamp­ton. Ste­wart showed he could score goals with 79 in over 200 ap­pear­ances.In 1995, Rovers reached the Sec­ond Di­vi­sion play-off fi­nal at Wem­b­ley. Ste­wart scored but the Gas lost 2-1 to Hud­der­s­field Town – who later bought him. 1996-2000 Ste­wart was top scorer for the York­shire club in 1997-98 with 16 goals, and 1988-99 with 26. In Fe­bru­ary 2000, he was con­tro­ver­sially sold to league ri­vals Ip­swich Town for £2.5m ahead of the sea­son run-in. 2000-2002 Ste­wart be­came an Ip­swich leg­end with his goals help­ing the Trac­tor Boys to end three-years of play-off heartache when they were pro­moted to the Pre­mier League. Ste­wart scored at Wem­b­ley in their 4-2 thriller against Barns­ley. In Ip­swich’s first sea­son up, Ste­wart was the top scor­ing English­man in the Pre­mier League as Ip­swich fin­ished fifth to reach Europe. 2002-2005 He moved to Sun­der­land for £3.25m. They were rel­e­gated from the Pre­mier League be­fore Mick McCarthy guided them to the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in 2005 and Ste­wart’s sec­ond pro­mo­tion. 2005-2007 Hav­ing de­cided not to step back up with Sun­der­land, Ste­wart joined his boy­hood club Bris­tol City and had loan spells Pre­ston North End and Yeovil, who he then joined per­ma­nently. 2007-present Ste­wart fin­ished his ca­reer with Ex­eter City in 2011 and moved into coach­ing. He is cur­rently as­sis­tant-manager at Bris­tol Rovers.

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