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Steve Stone
Personal information
Full name Steven Brian Stone
Date of birth 20 August 1971 (1971-08-20) (age 38)
Place of birth    Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder (Retired)
Youth career
Nottingham Forest
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1999
1999–2002
2002–2005
2005–2006
Nottingham Forest
Aston Villa
Portsmouth
Leeds United
Total
229 (23)
090 0(4)
073 0(9)
012 0(1)
404 (37)   
National team
1995–1996 England 009 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Steven Brian "Steve" Stone (born 20 August 1971 in Knockentiber, Scotland) is an English former footballer.

Stone began his career at Nottingham Forest, where, despite suffering broken legs on three occasions, he managed to establish himself as a vital team player, and also earned a call up to the England squad, making his international debut in 1995 against Norway. He went on to earn nine caps, scoring twice, and was part of Terry Venables' squad for Euro 96.

However, another serious leg injury meant he missed the entire 1996-97 season. Despite this, he fought his way back into the Forest team.

Following the club's relegation from the Premier League, he moved to Aston Villa for £5.5 million in 1999, having made 229 appearances for Forest. He soon became a vital team player under then manager John Gregory, and came on as a substitute in the 2000 FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. However, following Gregory's dismissal, Stone failed to impress new manager Graham Taylor, and, having failed to land a place at Manchester United two seasons earlier, he was transferred to Portsmouth for the 2002-03 season, having played in 121 games for Villa.

Despite continued injuries, he established himself as a regular in the Portsmouth team. He was an invaluable part of the team that won promotion to the Premier League in 2002-2003, and then achieved a mid-table finish the following season and narrowly avoided relegation the next. However, when his contract expired in June 2005, new manager Alain Perrin decided to release Stone, and he signed for Leeds United.

Stone's career at Leeds was short-lived. He was injured in training as soon as he joined the club, and it took him most of his first season to recover from the tendonitus in his achilles due to getting MRSA after the operation and then having to have a further two operations for the MRSA. Stone played a few matches at the end of the 2005-06 campaign, and continued to play at the start of the 2006-07 campaign, scoring once against West Brom.[1] Injuries, however, struck again, and Stone retired early on 15 December.[2]

Stone now lives in the north-east of England and commentates for BBC Radio 5Live on football matches played in the region.

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