5 May 2007

Ian Stewart

Name: Ian Edwin Stewart
Born: 10 September 1961, Belfast
Height: 5.06½ ft
Weight: 11.09 st
Position: Winger/Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 31 Full Caps (1982-1987), Youth, 3 Schools Caps (1977).
Club Honours: (with QPR) Football League Division Two Champion 1982/83.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA.Cup
FL.Cup
Europe
Other
Q.P.R.
80/81-84/85
May-80
Youth
55(12)/ 2
2(1)/0
6(3)/2
2(1)/0
-
Millwall
82/83
Mar-83
Loan
10 (1)/ 3
-
-
-
-
Newcastle U.
85/86-86/87
Aug-85
£150k
34 (8)/ 3
2(1)/0
4(1)/0
-
-
Portsmouth
87/88-88/89
Jul-97
Free
0 (1)/ 0
-
-
-
0(1)/0
Brentford
87/88
Feb-88
Loan
4 (3)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Leicester C.
88/89
Dec-88
Trial
0 (0)/ 0
-
-
-
-
Aldershot
88/89-91/92
Jan-89
Free
94 (7)/ 0
5(0)/2
6(1)/0

7(0)/2
Colchester.U.
91/92
1992
Free
6 (4)/ 2
(Football Conference)
Harrow Boro’
-
Nov-92
-
-
(Isthmian League)
TOTALS

£150k
203(36)/10
9(2)/2
16(5)/2
2(1)/0
7(1)/2
*Aldershots' Football League record for the 1991/92 season was expunged following their expulsion. Stewart's League record for the season read 6(5)/1.

Biography:
Ian Stewart, who had won Northern Ireland schoolboy and youth caps, was signed by QPR in May 1980 on the recommendation of scout Bill Smyth. The move made up for his earlier disappointment having been turned down by Everton as a seventeen year-old.

Stewart made his League début in a Division Two clash with Blackburn in October 1980 but over the next few seasons he failed to make an impact on the QPR first-team, despite his ability to play up front or on the wing. In fact, Stewart had made just three appearances for QPR at the time of his Northern Ireland début in the 1982 World Cup warm-up game with France. Although he failed to make the Finals squad Stewart was boosted by the experience and immediately after the World Cup he established himself as a regular in the Northern Ireland line-up, marking his third cap in November 1982 with the goal that clinched a 1-0 win over West Germany.

On the domestic front things still appeared grim, and in March 1983 he joined Millwall on loan. Finally, in the 1983/84 season, Stewart established himself in the QPR first-team, helping them to fifth position in their first season back in Division One. He maintained his place in the QPR side for the following season before being sold to Newcastle, who were looking to fill the gap left by Chris Waddle’s departure to Spurs, in August 1985. At St James’ Park Stewart again established himself as a regular in the match day squad, starting 25 games and coming of the bench three times during the 1985/86 campaign.

A regular in the Northern Ireland side right up to the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, Stewart was surprisingly dropped from the starting line-up for the first two games against Algeria and Spain as Billy Bingham went for a more solid approach with Nigel Worthington at left-midfield. He did however start the final game against Brazil but after that his international career just petered out.

At Newcastle too the problems were setting in and after just nine starts during the 1986/87 season manager Iam McFaul released Stewart. A spell with Portsmouth was scuppered early on by a falling-out with manager Alan Ball, and he made just two first team appearances, both as substitute, in a year and a half. There followed a settled spell with Aldershot from January 1989. Indeed Stewart was at the Recreation Ground when the club folded during the 1991/92 season, the end of the ‘Shots’ League career and Stewart’s. Stewart played 11 games that season, scoring once, but these statistics were expunged from the records.


With the Shots gone, Stewart joined Colchester United for their run-in to the Vauxhall Conference title. Any hopes Stewart may have held over a return to the Football League where scuppered when he fell out with Us boss Roy McDonough when he refused to to travel on a three-day "bonding trip". Stewart then finished his playing days with Harrow Borough.

Ian Stewart was a particularly gifted footballer, with speed and skill, but he suffered from something that has afflicted many wingers, he had a tendency to disappear from games or just continuously run himself into corners. That, coupled with a very low goal-scoring rate for an attacking player, was perhaps what ruined his chances of making a prolonged impression in top-level football.

Throughout his career Stewart retained a great rapport with teammates and fans alike, his sense of humour legendary. Since retiring from playing he has worked with the Irish FA, coaching the with some success the girls‘ and women’s international teams and working as a grassroots development officer.

From his early days in teenage bands to the present day when he works to promote up-and-coming talent, Stewart has also retained a keen interest in the Northern Ireland music scene.




Northern Ireland Cap Details:

24-03-1982 France.... a L 0-4 FR. sub
13-10-1982 Austria... a L 0-2 ECQ

17-11-1982 W. Germany h W 1-0 ECQ 1 Goal
15-12-1982 Albania... a D 0-0 ECQ
30-03-1983 Turkey.... h W 2-1 ECQ
27-04-1983 Albania... h W 1-0 ECQ 1 Goal

24-05-1983 Scotland.. a D 0-0 BC
28-05-1983 England... h D 0-0 BC
31-05-1983 Wales..... h L 0-1 BC
21-09-1983 Austria... h W 3-1 ECQ
12-10-1983 Turkey.... a L 0-1 ECQ
16-11-1983 W. Germany a W 1-0 ECQ
13-12-1983 Scotland.. h W 2-0 BC
24-04-1984 England... a L 0-1 BC
22-05-1984 Wales..... a D 1-1 BC
27-05-1984 Finland... a L 0-1 WCQ
12-09-1984 Romania... h W 3-2 WCQ
16-10-1984 Israel.... h W 3-0 FR
14-11-1984 Finland... h W 2-1 WCQ

27-02-1985 England... h L 0-1 WCQ
27-03-1985 Spain..... a D 0-0 FR
01-05-1985 Turkey.... h W 2-0 WCQ
16-10-1985 Romania... a W 1-0 WCQ
13-11-1985 England... a D 0-0 WCQ
26-03-1986 Denmark... h D 1-1 FR
23-04-1986 Morocco... h W 2-1 FR
03-06-1986 Algeria... n D 1-1 WCF sub
07-06-1986 Spain..... n L 1-2 WCF sub
12-06-1986 Brazil.... n L 0-3 WCF
15-10-1986 England... a L 0-3 ECQ
18-02-1987 Israel.... a D 1-1 FR. sub

Summary: 27(4)/2. Won 12, Drew 9, Lost 10.

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