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Ryan Stevenson

Ryan Cairns Stevenson (born 24 August 1984) is a Scotland association football player who plays for Ipswich Town F.C. in the English Championship. Stevenson began Ryan Stevenson career at Chelsea F.C. and has also played for St. Johnstone F.C. and Ayr United F.C.. Ryan Stevenson is a midfielder who was also used as a striker when at Heart of Midlothian F.C..

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Ryan Stevenson biography


Ryan Cairns Stevenson (born 24 August 1984) is a Scotland association football player who plays for Ipswich Town F.C. in the English Championship. Stevenson began Ryan Stevenson career at Chelsea F.C. and has also played for St. Johnstone F.C. and Ayr United F.C.. Ryan Stevenson is a midfielder who was also used as a striker when at Heart of Midlothian F.C..

Youth career

Stevenson was born in Irvine, Ayrshire,

Career

St Johnstone

Having failed to break into the Chelsea first team Ryan Stevenson was given a free transfer (football) in 2002 and signed for St. Johnstone F.C.. Stevenson made 72 league appearances for Saints, before eventually falling out of favour during 2006.

Ayr United

Stevenson initially joined Ayr United F.C. on a 28-day loan in October 2006. This loan was later extended until the end of the year. Ryan Stevenson then joined the club on a permanent basis during January 2007, for a five-figure sum. Just two weeks later, Stevenson scored an equaliser for Ayr United against Ryan Stevenson former club, St. Johnstone, in the third round of the Scottish Cup in a 2–1 defeat. Stevenson scored the goal which promoted Ayr United to the First Division in 2009, in a 1–0 win over Airdrie United in the second leg of the First Division Play-off Final at New Broomfield.

Hearts

Stevenson signed for Heart of Midlothian F.C. on 1 February 2010 for an undisclosed five-figure sum, with Rocky Visconte going the other way on loan. Ryan Stevenson made Ryan Stevenson debut for Heart of Midlothian F.C. on 10 February playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–0 defeat to Celtic F.C. at Celtic Park. Ryan Stevenson went on to score Ryan Stevenson first competitive goal for Heart of Midlothian F.C. against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a Scottish Premier League fixture on 18th September 2010. In the absence of Kevin Kyle, Stevenson has predominantly been used as a makeshift striker and has scored notable goals, such as in wins over both halves of the Old Firm and two against Edinburgh Edinburgh derby Hibernian F.C.. In June 2011 Stevenson signed a one year contract extension to extend Ryan Stevenson stay at the club.

On 22 December 2011 with Hearts in financial difficulty and having problems paying wages Stevenson requested Ryan Stevenson contract be terminated; this was refused and Stevenson advised the club Ryan Stevenson would not play or train again until Ryan Stevenson salary was paid in full. Stevenson cited stress on Ryan Stevenson unborn baby as one of the reasons behind Ryan Stevenson decision. Despite being paid Stevenson did not return to training several clubs including Ayr United F.C., Crawley Town F.C. and Dundee United F.C. were interested however Hearts were seeking £100,000 for their exiled player. Hearts pledged to open a disciplinary hearing if Ryan Stevenson did not leave during the transfer window.

Ipswich Town

On 28 January 2012 Football League Championship side Ipswich Town F.C. announced that Ryan Stevenson was set to join them in a deal worth £50,000 which was concluded on 30 January. Ryan Stevenson has been given the number 16 shirt, and has signed an 18 month contract.

Scotland

On 6 November 2011 Stevenson was called up to the Scotland Squad for the first time as a late inclusion for their friendly against Cyprus.

Career statistics



Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_Stevenson

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