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Jon Stead
Jon Stead
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Graeme Stead
Date of birth 7 April 1983 (1983-04-07) (age 26)
Place of birth Huddersfield, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Coventry City
(on loan from Ipswich Town)
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Huddersfield Town 68 (22)
2003–2005 Blackburn Rovers 42 (8)
2005–2007 Sunderland 35 (2)
2006–2007 Derby County (loan) 17 (3)
2007–2008 Sheffield United 39 (8)
2008 Ipswich Town (loan) 1 (1)
2008– Ipswich Town 60 (17)
2010– Coventry City (loan) 5 (2)
National team
2004–2005 England U21 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:33, 15 March 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Jonathan Graeme "Jon" Stead (born 7 April 1983 in Huddersfield, England) is an English football player who currently plays as a striker for Coventry City (on loan from Ipswich Town).

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Education

Raised in Honley, Jon Stead attended Honley High School, Huddersfield.

Club career

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Huddersfield Town

Stead made his league debut for Huddersfield Town, as a nineteen-year-old against Brentford.

He scored four goals in three games at the start of the 2003-04 season, igniting interest from big clubs. Stead was lucky enough to pick up a Playoffs Winners Medal with Huddersfield Town while he was playing for Blackburn Rovers. He appeared on the pitch celebrating his hometown club's win.

Blackburn Rovers

In February 2004, he moved to Blackburn Rovers[1] marking his debut by scoring the only goal in a match against Middlesbrough[2]. He went on to score six goals, including vital winners against Fulham, Manchester United and Everton as Blackburn successfully avoided relegation from the Premiership.

However, the goals for Blackburn dried up the following season and with manager Mark Hughes signing additional forwards including Welsh international Craig Bellamy, Stead was transferred on 13 June 2005 to Sunderland in a deal worth £1.8 million.[3]

Sunderland

During his time at Sunderland Stead scored only two goals, the first of which was on 1 April 2006 against Everton at Goodison Park in a 2-2 draw,[4] breaking his duck of 11 months without a goal. He scored his second Sunderland goal in the 3-1 defeat to Southend United at Roots Hall on 19 August 2006.[5]

On 13 October 2006, he completed a loan move to Derby County [6] and after failing to find the back of the net in his first 6 games, he finally broke his Derby duck with the first goal in a 2-1 win away at Coventry City on 11 November. He followed that goal with the opener in a 2-0 win at Luton Town to make it two in eight appearances and then again went on to bag Derby's first in the 1-0 home win against Leicester City. He was nominated for Powerade Player of the Month as a result of his form at Derby in November.

Sheffield United

Stead was signed by Sheffield United from Sunderland for a fee of £750,000, potentially rising to £1.2 million, on a three-and-a-half year deal on 11 January 2007.[7]

On 13 January 2007, Stead played his first Premier League game with Sheffield United against Portsmouth [8] and scored his first goal for the Blades a few weeks later, in his third game, against Fulham.[9] He would go on to score again for the Blades in the next match against his former club Blackburn Rovers where Stead's muted celebration further endeared him to the Rovers fans, who remained grateful for the considerable contribution he had made during the relegation scrap in 2004.

He scored five goals in total that season, the final of which came on the last day of the season against Wigan Athletic on 12 May, but his goal wasn't enough to prevent United from being relegated.[10]

Stead found first team starts harder to come by the following season as he fell behind James Beattie and Billy Sharp in the pecking order but still managed to make over thirty appearances and score six goals. During the subsequent transfer window Stead signed on loan for Championship rivals Ipswich Town with a view to a permanent move.[11]

Ipswich Town

Stead made his move to Ipswich permanent on 15 September 2008 after playing just one game on loan for a fee believed to be around £600,000. In that loan game he scored a 20-yard goal, which he described as "the best goal of his career to date". On 25 April 2009, Stead was the last ever senior player to score at Ninian Park after a 3-0 win.

Coventry City

On 15 February 2010, Stead joined Coventry City on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move.[12]

Statistics

Club performance
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Others Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Coventry City (loan) 2009–10 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Ipswich Town 2009–10 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 6
2008–09 39 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 13
Sheffield United 2008–09 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 24 3 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 31 6
2006–07 14 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 5
Derby County (loan) 2006–07 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
Sunderland 2006–07 5 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
2005–06 30 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 1
Blackburn Rovers 2004–05 29 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 34 2
2003–04 13 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 6
Huddersfield Town 2003–04 26 16 1 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 30 18
2002–03 42 6 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 45 6
Total 263 62 14 2 13 4 0 0 0 0 290 68

# Last updated 1 January 2009

International career

His early goalscoring exploits at Blackburn Rovers led to a call-up for the England Under-21 side against the Netherlands in February 2004. However, he managed just 1 goal in 11 appearances.

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