Feature by Paul Coppack and Tony Scholes
Updated Tuesday, 5th July 2011
Includes Profile by Paul Coppack
Date and Place of Birth
7th October 1964 - Manchester
Transfers to and from Burnley
from Liverpool - 8th February 1995 (loan)
returned - 13th March 1995
First and Last Burnley Games
Grimsby Town (h) - 13th February 1995
Oldham Athletic (h) - 11th March 1995
Burnley Career Stats
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Profile by Paul Coppack
If a Burnley fan was to make a list of a "Clarets Worst XI", there is always one name almost certain to be pencilled in, although having played for some of England's top clubs, earning international caps, lifting the FA Cup and moving for millions of pounds in transfer fees, Paul Stewart's short spell at Turf Moor was somewhat disappointing.
Signed during a disastrous losing streak, Jimmy Mullen brought in the Manchester born striker on loan to help The Clarets' unsuccessful attempt to stay in the new First Division in 1995.
Stewart started his career at Blackpool in 1981 and was a major player in their Old Fourth Division side that had to re-apply for Football League status. In March 1986, Manchester City forked out £250,000 for his services, which was a record breaking out-going transfer fee for Blackpool.
After scoring 24 goals at Maine Road, Tottenham manager Terry Venables paid £1.7M to take him to White Hart Lane, where Stewart had FA Cup success, scoring an equaliser at Wembley Stadium in a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
After four seasons at Tottenham, his last big move was to Anfield in 1992. Liverpool paid Spurs £2M for the forward, but because of injuries and competition for a first team place, Stewart couldn't recreate those former glories from his days at Spurs and Manchester City and was loaned out Crystal Palace - where he won the new Division One with the Eagles.
After a loan spell with Wolves, he joined Burnley - which was a bit of a coup. Only a few years earlier Stewart was representing England in a midfield role. However some might argue his appearances at Turf Moor were very short of a international standard.
Making only 6 appearances for The Clarets, Stewart offered little considering his performances for Manchester City and Spurs, he received a red card during the 0-2 defeat away to Barnsley. His final game was a first win in ten league games for The Clarets, as Kurt Nogan and Chris Vinnicombe scored in a 2-1 victory against Oldham Athletic at Turf Moor.
After a successful loan spell, he won a free transfer to Sunderland and won the First Division Championship, he also played in the Wearside Derby, his fifth different encounter with rival clubs, the others are the Manchester Derby, North and South London, and Merseyside.
He later moved to Stoke City - his last professional club before he signed for Workington.