Thomas Stewart (Irish footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Thomas Stewart
Date of birth (1986-11-12) 12 November 1986 (age 37)
Place of birth Craigavon, Northern Ireland
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
2001–2003 Portadown
2003–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2006–2008 Linfield 46 (16)
2008–2009 Derry City 43 (14)
2010 Shamrock Rovers 32 (10)
2011–2012 Partick Thistle 17 (6)
2012–2013 Shamrock Rovers 42 (11)
2014–2016 Sacramento Republic 47 (22)
2016 Ottawa Fury 17 (4)
2017 Dundalk 23 (6)
2018–2019 Larne 21 (11)
Total288(100)
International career
2006–2008 Northern Ireland U21 19 (4)
2007–2008 Northern Ireland U23 2 (0)
2007 Irish Football League 1 (0)
Managerial career
2023– Ytterhogdals IK
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15:24, 1 February 2024 (UTC)

Thomas Stewart, (born 12 November 1986), is a Northern Irish former footballer and manager of Swedish side Ytterhogdals IK. [1] As a player he was known for his long range shooting and precise finishing, plying his trade as a player in his native Northern Ireland, as well as England, Republic of Ireland, Canada and the United States.

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Playing career

Wolverhampton Wanderers

As an apprentice Stewart was the youth team's top goalscorer and played in a FA Youth semi-final against Southampton in 2005, but never made the breakthrough to first team football.

Linfield

After returning from England he signed a full-time contract with the Blues on 11 September 2006. He scored on his debut v Limavady on the 30th, but subsequently was used mostly as a wide midfielder by David Jeffrey. He moved to Derry City following successful seasons at Linfield.

Derry City

Stewart signed for Stephen Kenny in June 2008 on a two and a half-year full-time contract. He made his debut in Sligo on 5 July. [2] Stewart scored on his home debut the following week. [3] He was the second opposition player to score at Tallaght Stadium in March 2009. [4] He had a productive couple of seasons at the Brandywell winning the FAI League Cup and playing and scoring in the UEFA Europa League. [5]

Shamrock Rovers

Despite agreeing terms with Carolina Railhawks in March 2010 [6] the player returned home to sign for Shamrock Rovers. He made his debut against University College Dublin A.F.C. on 2 April. [7] He scored Rovers' winner in the Europa League tie against Bnei Yehuda in July 2010 which set up the glamour tie against Italian giants Juventus. [8] Stewart proved to be a big game player and in the last league game of the 2010 League of Ireland season he scored on the night Rovers secured their 16th domestic crown. [9]

Partick Thistle

Stewart made his debut for Thistle in a home defeat against Falkirk F.C. His first goal came in a 3–2 defeat away to Dundee F.C. on 30 April 2011.

Return to Rovers

In July 2012 Stewart signed back for The Hoops scoring 11 times the following 2013 season. [10]

Sacramento Republic

Stewart made the move to North America in 2014, signing with United Soccer League (3rd div.) club Sacramento Republic. In the 2014 season, he made 28 appearances and 17 starts in all competitions, scoring 13 goals and helping Sacramento to its first championship in its first-ever season. [11]

In 2015 Stewart scored 8 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions, including 3 goals in 17 league appearances. That year he became the first Northern Irish player to score a hat-trick in the U.S. Open Cup, scoring three against Sonoma County Sol. [11]

In 2016 Stewart scored 1 goal in 6 league starts for Sacramento with 2 assists. [12]

Ottawa Fury

Stewart was transferred to the NASL's Ottawa Fury on 12 July 2016. [13] Stewart scored 4 goals in 17 appearances, including 10 starts for Ottawa.

Dundalk

Stewart signed for Dundalk on 17 February 2017. [14]

Larne

Stewart joined Larne in January 2018 and helped the club to the Championship title in 2018/19. On 1 September 2019, it was announced that Larne and Stewart had mutually agreed to terminate his contract.

Sweden Move

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Stewart would take up a managerial role with Swedish fourth division side Ytterhogdals IK. In his first season, Stewart's team won the playoff final 4-2 on aggregate to keep his side in division 2 norrland. He also guided his team to the dm cup final. [15]

International

Stewart played for the Northern Ireland national under-19 football team in the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals that were hosted in Northern Ireland. He scored their only goal against Germany. Voted top 10 future players following the tournament. Stewart captained his national U21 team against Scotland in a 1–0 victory in which he scored in.

Honours

Linfield
Derry City
Shamrock Rovers
Sacramento Republic
Larne

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