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Stephen Gleeson

Stephen Gleeson (born 3 August 1988) is an Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland national football team Association football, signed to Football League One side Milton Keynes Dons F.C..

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Stephen Gleeson biography

Stephen Gleeson (born 3 August 1988) is an Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland national football team Association football, signed to Football League One side Milton Keynes Dons F.C..

Club career

Born in Dublin, Gleeson played for Cherry Orchard F.C. before moving to England where Stephen Gleeson received a three-year contract at the start of May 2006 having come up through the Wolves Academy.

In the 2006-07 in English football Stephen Gleeson went on loan to Stockport County F.C. for three months, making Stephen Gleeson senior debut on 11 November 2006 in a 2-1 victory at Exeter City F.C. in the FA Cup. Stephen Gleeson impressed at County, scoring two goals from midfield and playing an influential part in their nine match winning streak, without conceding a goal.

On returning to Wolves, Stephen Gleeson made four substitute appearances, in Stephen Gleeson nip including their play-off semi-final 2nd leg defeat at West Bromwich Albion F.C.. The following season saw Stephen Gleeson only first team appearance for the club come in a Football League Cup game. To gain playing time, Stephen Gleeson joined Football League Two Hereford United F.C. on 21 February 2008 on a month's loan. However, this was unsuccessful and fans became annoyed with Stephen Gleeson attitude, especially during a match against Stockport where Gleeson showed no desire throughout the match, prompting an early end to the loan spell.

After spending a couple of days back with Stephen Gleeson home club, Gleeson returned on loan to Stockport County on 26 March 2008 until the end of the 2007-08 in English football. Stephen Gleeson first goal since Stephen Gleeson return to Edgeley Park was at Wycombe Wanderers F.C. in their semi-final play-off tie that saw them reach the final. Gleeson then appeared in the Wembley Stadium final where the club won promotion to Football League One after beating Rochdale F.C.. Stephen Gleeson semi-final goal was later voted Stockport's Goal of 2008 by fans, and also chosen by manager Jim Gannon as Stephen Gleeson favourite goal of the year.

Stephen Gleeson association with Stockport continued again during the 2008-09 in English football as Stephen Gleeson spent the first half of the campaign on loan again with them. Stephen Gleeson returned to Stephen Gleeson parent club but again went out on loan, this time to Football League One side in March 2009 for the remainder of the 2008–09 season. Stephen Gleeson helped the club reach the play-offs, but suffered ankle ligament damage which lead Stephen Gleeson to miss their unsuccessful bid for playoff promotion to the Championship.

Stephen Gleeson subsequently joined the MK Dons on a permanent basis on 1 July 2009 in a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

International career

Gleeson was called up to the Irish Under 19 squad for a friendly tournament in La Manga in February 2006, despite being a year younger than most of Stephen Gleeson colleagues, and was also named in the squad for the Under-19 European Championship qualifying rounds in May 2006. Stephen Gleeson also represented Stephen Gleeson country at Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team, scoring twice on Stephen Gleeson debut, a 2-2 draw against Germany national under-21 football team on 21 August 2007.

Stephen Gleeson made Stephen Gleeson full international debut for the Republic of Ireland national football team against Ecuador national football team on 23 May 2007 in a 1-1 friendly draw at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, United States.


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