- Stephen Elliott (footballer)
Football player infobox
playername = Stephen Elliott
fullname = Stephen Elliott
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1984|1|6
countryofbirth = Ireland
height = height|ft=5|in=9
currentclub = Preston North End
clubnumber = 29
youthclubs = Belvedere
years = 2003–2004
clubs = Manchester City
Preston North End
caps(goals) = 02 0(0)
nationalyears = 2004–
nationalteam = Republic of Ireland
nationalcaps(goals) = 09 0(1)
pcupdate = 08:32, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
ntupdate = 1 September 2008
Elliot began his professional career as a youth player at Manchester City, but failed to establish himself in the first team, making only two appearances as a substitute. His league debut came on
21 February 2004when Kevin Keeganused him as a late substitute in a 3-1 win at Bolton Wanderers.
Mick McCarthysigned him from Manchester City in June 2004 for a fee of £125,000, set by a tribunal, with extra payments linked to his performance. McCarthy later admitted that he had bought him outrageously cheaply.
He quickly established himself as first-team regular, scoring 15 goals as the team finished as champions in 2005. However, his Premiership season was largely disrupted by injury, although prior to his injuries he scored spectacular long-range goals against Manchester United and Newcastle United. On Sunderland's return to the the Championship, he showed good form when fit, but again injury problems blighted his career.
Elliott moved to Wolves on
17 July 2007for an undisclosed fee (reportedly around £750,000), linking up again with Mick McCarthy, his former manager at Sunderland. However, he failed to make a strong impact at Molineux, and was transfer-listed at the season's end after the club missed out on the play-offs on goal difference. [cite web | title = Wolves have end-of-term clear-out | publisher =BBC Sport | date = 2008-05-09| url =http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/wolverhampton_wanderers/7392077.stm]
Preston North End
Elliot signed for Preston North End on
1 September 2008for an undiclosed fee.
Elliott's good start for Sunderland in 2004 led to a call-up to the Republic of Ireland, and he made his international debut against Croatia at
Lansdowne Roadon 16 November 2004. He had previously represented Ireland's U-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship, where he was their top goalscorer, and the U-21 team.
He scored his first International goal to beat Cyprus 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier on
8 October 2005.
* [http://www.wolves.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10307~27752,00.html Official club profile]
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