MARCUS STEWART FACTFILE
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.