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Anthony Stokes
Personal information
Full name Anthony Stokes
Date of birth 25 July 1988 (1988-07-25) (age 21)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 18
Youth career
2002–2003 Shelbourne
2003–2005 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Arsenal 0 (0)
2006–2007 Falkirk (loan) 16 (14)
2007–2009 Sunderland 36 (3)
2008–2009 Sheffield United (loan) 12 (0)
2009 Crystal Palace (loan) 13 (1)
2009– Hibernian 17 (10)
National team
Republic of Ireland U21 9 (1)
2008 Republic of Ireland B 1 (0)
2007– Republic of Ireland 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05:51, 4 January 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18:28, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

Anthony Stokes (born 25 July 1988 in Dublin)[1] is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. He has also represented the Republic of Ireland national football team.

Stokes began his career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006,[1] and scored 14 goals in 16 games.[1] In 2007, he signed for Sunderland in a £2m deal.[2 ] Stokes struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team, however, and he joined Hibernian for an undisclosed fee in August 2009.

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Club career

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Arsenal

Stokes broke into the Arsenal reserves at only 15 years old after joining from Shelbourne. Stokes made his first-team debut as a substitute in Arsenal's League Cup tie against Sunderland on 25 October 2005, coming on for Arturo Lupoli in the 88th minute which Arsenal won 3–0. In the summer of 2006, he trained with Sunderland with a view to a loan move, but the then Sunderland manager Niall Quinn decided against it due to Sunderland's large squad depth and lack of reserve team.[3]

Falkirk

Eventually, Arsenal agreed a loan deal with Falkirk that saw Stokes play for the Scottish side until the end of 2006.[4] Stokes scored his first goal for Falkirk in a 1–0 victory at Inverness Caledonian Thistle on 19 September 2006, in the CIS Cup third round.[5] He followed that up on October 21 with two more goals against Inverness.[6] On 28 October 2006, he scored his first competitive hat-trick during Falkirk's 5–1 victory over Dundee United,[7] and then scored another hat-trick in the following match against Dunfermline Athletic,[8] to take his tally to an impressive nine goals in just four games, equalling a record previously held by Paul Derjone.

This hat-trick wrote himself into Falkirk's history book, with Falkirk enjoying success over their Fife rivals. Having become the first player to score back to back hat-tricks in the SPL, Stokes then hit a third in his final game for Falkirk, a 3–1 home victory over Inverness on 30 December.[9] On 7 November, Stokes scored an equaliser for Falkirk in the 100th minute of the CIS Insurance Cup against Celtic, Falkirk going through 5–4 on penalties. His continuing good form saw him named Young Player of the Month for October and November. By the end of December 2006 he had scored 16 goals in 18 league and cup appearances and reports linked him with a move to Celtic.[10] However, when his loan at Falkirk expired on 31 December 2006, he returned to Arsenal.[11]

Sunderland

Stokes was transferred to Sunderland for a £2 million fee in January 2007.[2 ] Celtic and Charlton Athletic had also been in the hunt for his signature, but Stokes revealed that he was greatly influenced by Sunderland manager and former Irish international, Roy Keane, in making his ultimate decision.[2 ][12] Stokes was originally handed the 26 shirt at Sunderland, but after the departure of Jon Stead to Sheffield United he was given the number 9 shirt. Stokes made his Sunderland debut a few days later, and crossed to set up David Connolly to give Sunderland a one goal win over Ipswich.[13] Stokes scored his first goal for Sunderland on 10 February 2007 against Plymouth Argyle, scoring from 20 yards after coming on as a substitute.

Stokes was banned from The Glass Spider in Sunderland, a late closing bar/club after Roy Keane blamed the club for being a distraction that was affecting his training. The barring was revoked after a season and Stokes received a complimentary bottle of champagne.[14] Stokes then scored his first Premier League goal; a last-minute winner against Derby County that took Sunderland out of the relegation zone.[15 ] Before the start of the 2008-09 season Stokes lost the Sunderland number 9 shirt and was handed the squad number of 44 instead.

Sheffield United

On 17 October 2008, Stokes agreed a 3 month loan deal to Sheffield United, with the possibility of extending it for the season.[16] Stokes again took the shirt that was previously vacated by Jon Stead, this time number 8. Stokes made his debut for the Blades in the local derby against Sheffield Wednesday a few days later, coming on as a second half substitute.[17] Stokes started his time at Bramall Lane as a first team regular but was soon dropped to the bench and returned to Sunderland having made twelve appearances but failed to score a goal.[18]

Crystal Palace

In March 2009 he joined Crystal Palace on loan, scoring a superb solo effort after his first start against Preston North End.[19] This proved to be his only goal for Palace, however, and he returned to Sunderland at the end of the loan spell.

Hibernian

Stokes joined Hibernian for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £500,000, in August 2009.[20] This meant that he linked up again with John Hughes, who had been his manager during his loan spell at Falkirk.[20] Stokes made his Hibs debut against his former club Falkirk, and then credited Hughes as the main reason he decided to sign for Hibs.[21] He scored his first goals for Hibs in a 3–0 win at home to St. Johnstone on 19 September.[22] At the same time, Stokes made newspaper headlines for a nightclub altercation, which prompted John Hughes to discipline him and to say that he felt "let down" by Stokes.[23] In December, however, Stokes scored five goals in three games, which helped to extend Hibs' unbeaten run in the SPL to 12 games.[24] On 27 December 2009, Stokes scored the fastest goal in Scottish Premier League history, after just 12.4 seconds against Rangers.[25] It broke the previous record of 17 seconds set by Saulius Mikoliūnas in a match between Hearts and St. Mirren on 2 December 2006.[26] Stokes' goal was the only highlight for Hibs, as they lost 4–1 to the league leaders.

Statistics

As of 10 January 2010.
Club Season League Cups Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2005–06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2005–2007 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Falkirk (loan) 2006–07 16 14 2 2 0 0 18 16
Total 2006 16 14 2 2 0 0 18 16
Sunderland 2006–07 14 2 0 0 0 0 14 2
Sunderland 2007–08 20 1 0 0 0 0 20 1
Sunderland 2008–09 2 0 1 2 0 0 2 2
Total 2007–2009 36 3 1 2 0 0 37 5
Sheffield United (loan) 2008–09 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 2008–2009 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Crystal Palace (loan) 2008–09 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 2009 13 1 0 0 0 0 13 1
Hibernian 2009–10 17 10 3 1 0 0 20 11
Total 2009– 17 10 3 1 0 0 20 11
Career totals 94 28 7 5 0 0 101 33

International career

Stokes earned his first cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 2–1 win away to San Marino on 7 February 2007, coming on as a substitute.[27]

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b c "Anthony Stokes". Soccerbase. http://www.soccerbase.com/players_details.sd?playerid=42483. Retrieved 2008-03-22.  
  2. ^ a b c "Sunderland seal 2m Stokes deal". BBC Sport. 2007-01-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/sunderland/6235101.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  3. ^ "No deal for Stokes". www.safc.com. http://www.safc.com/news/?page_id=10119. Retrieved 2006-08-31.  
  4. ^ "Falkirk snap up Arsenal's Stokes". BBC Sport. 2006-08-29. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/falkirk/5295612.stm. Retrieved 2006-08-31.  
  5. ^ "Inverness CT 0-1 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 2006-09-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_cups/5356406.stm. Retrieved 2008-03-22.  
  6. ^ "Inverness CT 3-2 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 2006-10-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6069540.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  7. ^ "Falkirk 5-1 Dundee United". BBC Sport. 2006-20-28. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6089770.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  8. ^ "Dunfermline 0-3 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 2006-11-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6111466.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  9. ^ "Falkirk 3-1 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. 2006-12-30December 30, 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/scot_prem/6214551.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  10. ^ "Celtic to consider bid for Stokes". BBC Sport. 2006-12-01. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/c/celtic/6198270.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  11. ^ "Stokes to end spell with Falkirk". BBC Sport. 2006-12-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/f/falkirk/6221293.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-01.  
  12. ^ "Stokes signs for Sunderland". RTE Sport. 8 January 2007. http://www.rte.ie/sport/2007/0108/stokesa.html.  
  13. ^ Sunderland 1–0 Ipswich, BBC Sport.
  14. ^ "Nightclub's ban on Anthony Stokes scores points with Roy Keane". London: The Times. 2007-05-12. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/sunderland/article3001283.ece. Retrieved 2007-05-12.  
  15. ^ Magowan, Alistair (2007-12-01). "Sunderland 1-0 Derby County". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/7110964.stm. Retrieved 2007-12-01.  
  16. ^ "Stokes loaned out to Sheffield United". Shields Gazette. 2008-10-17. http://www.shieldsgazette.com/safc/Stokes-loaned-out-to-Sheff.4603602.jp. Retrieved 2008-10-08.  
  17. ^ "No fears for new boys". sufc.co.uk. 2008-10-20. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Gaffersnotes/0,,10418~1426779,00.html. Retrieved 2008-12-21.  
  18. ^ "Uncertain futures". sufc.co.uk. 2009-01-26. http://www.sufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/Gaffersnotes/0,,10418~1533582,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-02.  
  19. ^ "Crystal Palace 2-1 Preston". BBC. 7 March 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7910408.stm. Retrieved 18 August 2009.  
  20. ^ a b Anthony Stokes leaves for SPL side Hibernian, Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 21 August 2009.
  21. ^ Stokes hails influence of Hughes, BBC Sport, 24 August 2009.
  22. ^ Hibernian 3–0 St. Johnstone, BBC Sport, 19 September 2009.
  23. ^ Hibernian manager: Anthony Stokes has let me down over row in nightclub, The Times, 22 September 2009.
  24. ^ Aberdeen 0–2 Hibernian, BBC Sport, 19 December 2009.
  25. ^ "Four-star Rangers hit back against Hibs". Google News (Agence France-Presse). 2009-12-27. http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iA_87sCC-z774APYGC9TgpHruOPw. Retrieved 2009-12-27.  
  26. ^ "St Mirren 2-2 Hearts". BBC Sport (BBC). 2006-12-02. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6196970.stm. Retrieved 2009-12-27.  
  27. ^ "San Marino 1-2 Rep of Ireland". BBC Sport. 2007-02-07. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6340553.stm. Retrieved 2007-02-07.  

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Anthony Stokes
Personal information
Full name Anthony Stokes
Date of birth 25 July 1988 (1988-07-25) (age 22)
Place of birth    Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Hibernian
Number 18

Anthony Stokes (born 25 July 1988 in Dublin)[1] is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premier League club Hibernian. He has also played for the Republic of Ireland national football team.

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