Lewis Stevenson (Scottish footballer)

Lewis Stevenson (born 5 January 1988) is a Scottish professional footballer, who plays for Hibernian as a left back or a midfielder. He is currently the longest serving player at the club, having made his debut in September 2005. Stevenson is the only Hibs player ever to have won both the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup, doing so in 2007 and 2016 respectively.[1][2] He made his first full international appearance for Scotland in May 2018.

Lewis Stevenson
Stevenson playing for Hibernian against St Mirren in 2011
Personal information
Full name Lewis Stevenson
Date of birth (1988-01-05) 5 January 1988
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Playing position Left-back, Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Hibernian
Number 16
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005– Hibernian 377 (5)
National team
2006–2007 Scotland U19 3 (0)
2007–2008 Scotland U21 8 (0)
2018 Scotland 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:06, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:11, 4 August 2019 (UTC)

Career

Club

Stevenson attended Balwearie High School in his home town of Kirkcaldy. He joined the Hibernian youth academy aged 14[3] and played for the Scotland schoolboys team in 2003.[4] He made his competitive debut for Hibernian in a Scottish League Cup tie at Ayr United in September 2005, but did not make his first Scottish Premier League appearance until the opening day of the 2006–07 season. Stevenson became a first-team regular under the management of John Collins, and he was named man of the match in the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final victory.[5]

Stevenson scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win against Inverness CT on 26 February 2011.[6] The goal came after more than 100 appearances without one, and Stevenson admitted to not knowing what to do in celebration.[6]

Stevenson played regularly for Hibernian during the 2011–12 season, and won the fans' player of the year award.[7] This came during a season when Hibs struggled to avoid relegation and Stevenson admitted that there were few candidates for the fans to choose from.[7] Pat Fenlon, who made Stevenson team captain for one game, became Stevenson's sixth manager in seven years at Hibs during 2011–12.[7] His number of appearances during the 2011–12 season meant that his contract was automatically extended for another year.[8]

Early in the 2012–13 season, Stevenson suffered a broken toe during an Edinburgh derby match.[9] He returned to the first team three weeks ahead of schedule.[10] Stevenson provided cover at left-back for defensive injuries and he earned praise from Pat Fenlon for his performance in an Edinburgh derby victory in the 2012–13 Scottish Cup.[11] Stevenson was also used at right-back during the 2012–13 season.[12] He agreed a new two-year contract with Hibs in March 2013.[12]

In December 2013, Stevenson recorded his 200th competitive appearance for Hibs.[13] At this time, manager Terry Butcher deployed Stevenson as a left midfielder.[14] This change produced rewards, as Stevenson scored the second goal of his career in a game against Kilmarnock, then won a match-winning penalty against Hearts.[14]

Stevenson made his 250th appearance for the club in the fifth round of the 2014–15 Scottish Cup, becoming only the 60th player to record as many appearances since 1885. Stevenson was named captain for the game, a 3–1 win against Arbroath, to mark his achievement. In his following game for the club, Stevenson scored only his fourth career goal as Hibs won 2–0 against Rangers at Ibrox.[15]

During the 2015 close season, Stevenson signed a new two-year contract with Hibs.[16] He was part of the Hibs team that won the 2015–16 Scottish Cup, defeating Rangers 3–2 in the final.[17] In doing so, he became the first player to win both Scottish national cup competitions with Hibernian.[1][2] After helping the team win promotion in 2016–17, he signed a two-year contract with Hibs in May 2017.[18] Stevenson was also awarded a testimonial match, played against Sunderland in July 2017.[19]

In November 2018, his contract with Hibs was extended to the end of the 2020–21 season.[20] Stevenson was voted Hibs' Supporters' Association Player of the Year in 2018–19. He has twice been voted Young Player of the Year in the past and received a Special Recognition award in 2014 by the Association.[21]

International

Stevenson played eight times for the Scotland under-21 team between August 2007 and November 2008.[22]

On 14 May 2018, aged 30, Stevenson was called up to the Scotland senior squad for the first time.[23][24] He made his full Scotland debut on 29 May 2018, in a 2–0 defeat to Peru.[25]

Career statistics

As of 15 December 2019[26]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Hibernian 2005–06[27] Scottish Premier League 0000100010
2006–07[28] Scottish Premier League 160602010250
2007–08[29] Scottish Premier League 2100020230
2008–09[30] Scottish Premier League 290101010320
2009–10[31][note 1] Scottish Premier League 1002010130
2010–11[32] Scottish Premier League 191000000191
2011–12[33] Scottish Premier League 2904010340
2012–13[34] Scottish Premier League 2904000330
2013–14[35] Scottish Premiership 351202040431
2014–15[36] Scottish Championship 352412030443
2015–16[37] Scottish Championship 350706150531
2016–17[38][note 2] Scottish Championship 340511020421
2017–18[39] Scottish Premiership 3511070431
2018–19[40][note 3] Scottish Premiership 340202061441
2019–20[41] Scottish Premiership 1600030190
Career total 37753823112214689

Notes

  1. Soccerbase did not record an appearance made by Stevenson against Brechin City on 26 August 2009.
  2. Soccerbase did not record two appearances made by Stevenson against Brondby IF on 14 July and 21 July 2016.
  3. Soccerbase did not record appearances made by Stevenson against NSI Runavik on 19 July, Asteras Tripolis on 26 July and 2 August, and Molde on 9 August and 16 August 2018.

Honours

Hibernian

References

  1. Berry, Gavin (26 May 2016). "Hibs star Lewis Stevenson admits he wouldn't make the Famous Five but cherishes being only Hibee to lift League Cup and Scottish Cup". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  2. Gordon, Moira (22 May 2016). "Lewis Stevenson is first Hibs player ever to win both cups". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  3. "Hibs star Lewis Stevenson: We may be Scottish Cup finalists but SPL survival is our main aim". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  4. Temple, Alan (7 March 2015). "David Gray has sights set appearance at Hampden since school with Hibs". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  5. Lindsay, Clive (18 March 2007). "Kilmarnock 1–5 Hibernian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. Hannan, Martin (27 February 2011). "Hibernian 2 – 0 Inverness CT: Hibs tap in to secret of booth". Scotland on Sunday. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  7. "Precious points mean prizes to Hibs' Lewis Stevenson". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Press. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  8. "Stevenson Extends Stay". hibernianfc.co.uk. Hibernian F.C. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  9. Hardie, David (16 August 2012). "Hibs midfielder Lewis Stevenson ruled out for six weeks". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Press. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  10. "Hibs' midfielder defies doctor's expectations and may be in line for Celtic clash". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  11. "Fenlon dedicates Cup win to fans". BBC Sport. 2 December 2012. Retrieved 11 January 2013.
  12. "New Hibernian deal for Lewis Stevenson". BBC Sport. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  13. "Hibernian midfielder Lewis Stevenson rues 'terrible' goal record". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  14. Brown, Anthony (8 January 2014). "Ian Murray: Why Hibs can rely on Lewis Stevenson". Edinburgh Evening News. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  15. Wilson, Richard (13 February 2015). "Rangers 0–2 Hibernian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  16. "Stevenson extends Hibernian stay". www.spfl.co.uk. Scottish Professional Football League. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015.
  17. "Scottish Cup final: Rangers 2-3 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  18. "Five Renew Contracts For Next Season". Hibernian FC. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  19. Hardie, David (9 July 2017). "Hibs 2, Sunderland 2: Hibees fight back in Stevenson's testimonial". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  20. "Lewis Stevenson: Hibernian full-back extends contract until 2021". BBC Sport. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  21. "CONGRATULATIONS LEWIS STEVENSON". Hibs Supporters'Association. 8 April 2019. Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  22. "Lewis Stevenson – U21 Squad". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  23. "Scotland pick Johnny Russell plus seven uncapped players including Lewis Stevenson & Lewis Morgan". BBC Sport. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  24. Hardie, David (14 May 2018). "Hibs' Lewis Stevenson vows to make most of surprise Scotland call". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  25. Lamont, Alasdair (30 May 2018). "Peru 2–0 Scotland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  26. Lewis Stevenson at Soccerbase
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  32. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  33. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  34. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  35. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  36. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
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  38. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  39. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  40. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  41. "Games played by Lewis Stevenson in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm.
  42. "Hibernian 3–0 Queen of the South". BBC Sport. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
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