- Billy Stewart (footballer)
Football manager infobox
playername = Billy Stewart
fullname = William Ian Stewart
height = height|ft=6|in=2
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1965|1|1
currentclub = Liverpool (academy coach)
position = Goalkeeper
years = 1983–19841984–19861986–19941994–199519951995–19961996–19991999–2000 2000–200220022002–?
clubs = Liverpool
Wigan AthleticChester City Northampton TownChesterfield Chester City Southport Hednesford Town Bamber Bridge Rhyl Marine
caps(goals) = 000 (0)014 (0)272 (0)027 (1)001 (0)045 (0)119 (0)005 (0)00? (0)009 (0)00? (?)
youthyears = 1981–1983
youthclubs = Liverpool
nationalyears = 1998
nationalteam = England Semi-Professional XI
nationalcaps(goals) = 1 (0)
Stewart began as an apprentice with hometown club Liverpool, who he turned professional with in January 1983. Unfortunately Stewart was unable to make the first-team at Anfield and joined Wigan Athletic in July 1984. The youngster made just 14 league appearances in two years at
Springfield Parkbefore former Latics manager Harry McNallysigned him for Chester City in August 1986.
After initially sharing goalkeeping duties with John Butcher,
Mike Stowelland Mike Astbury, Stewart eventually established himself as first choice between the sticks. Between January 1988 and October 1990 he did not miss a match, with the run of 124 games only ended after a sending off at Bradford City. In 1992–93 he was named as the club’s player of the season despite conceding more than 100 goals, but a pre-match injury at Scarborough in September 1993 ruled him out for the remainder of the following season.
Stewart was allowed to join Northampton Town in July 1994, but he ended the season playing at
Wembley Stadiumfor Chesterfield in the Football League Division Threeplay-off final against Bury, while on loan with the Saltergateclub. He helped Chesterfield to a 2–0 victory and promotion, but he returned to Chester in the summer of 1995. He was to miss just one game in 1995–96 but at the end of the season he dropped into non-league football with Southport.
Stewart played for the Sandgrounders for three and a half years, the highlight being another trip to Wembley in the final of the 1997–98
FA Trophy, which ended in a 1–0 defeat to Cheltenham Town. Stewart moved to fellow Conference side Hednesford Town in December 1999 and later played for clubs including Bamber Bridge, Rhyl and Marine. He is now academy goalkeeper coach with Liverpool.
• Player of the Season: 1992–93.
• Most appearances by a goalkeeper: 317 [http://www.chester-city.co.uk/goalkeepers_top_20.asp Chester Goalkeeper List]
Football League Division Threeplay-off winners: 1994–95.
FA Trophyrunners-up: 1997–98.
*cite book | first=Chas | last=Sumner| coauthors= | title=On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City F.C. 1885-1997 | publisher=Yore Publications | location= | year=1997 | editor= | id=ISBN 1-874427-52-6
*cite book | first=John | last=Hardman| coauthors= | title=Alliance to Conference 1979-2004: The First 25 Years| publisher=Tony Williams Publications Ltd | location= | year=2004 | editor= | id=ISBN 1-869833-52-X
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