Stephen Ireland tasted action for the first time in the colours of Stoke City during the 2013/14 season. He joined the Potters on loan in September 2013 thanks in part to the influence of Mark Hughes whom he played under at Manchester City. Upon joining Stoke City on a season-long loan deal from Aston Villa, Stephen Ireland revealed that his plan is to resurrect his ailing career.

Ireland joined Stoke City on loan at the age of 27. He talked about his plan to revive his career as a professional footballer in his first interview as a Stoke City player. He had been left frustrated by lack of first team action at Aston Villa. Stephen Ireland said that he has a point to prove at Stoke City as he thanked Mark Hughes for giving him the opportunity to resurrect his career with the Potters. His target is regular playing time at Stoke City. Read More…


Retired Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Ireland moved to Aston Villa from Manchester City at the start of the 2010/11 season. Stephen Ireland initially asked Manchester City for £2m in compensation for him to leave for Villa on loan with ex-England international James Milner coming in the other director. Ireland didn’t want to leave Manchester City for Aston Villa though he had no choice but to leave with the Citizens keen to welcome Milner from Villa.

The swap deal involving Ireland and Milner was completed on August 17, 2010. Ireland moved to Villa for £8m on a four-year deal as part of the swap transfer with Milner. The controversial Ireland criticised Manchester City heavily on the back of his move to Villa Park.
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Stephen Ireland would have been unbelievable according to his Manchester City teammate Shaun Wright-Phillips.Ex-England national team winger Wright-Phillips told OTB Sports that Stephen Ireland would have been a phenomenal player as he had a similar footballing qualities to Frank Lampard.

Lampard became a club legend at Chelseawinning the league title three times in addition to the Champions League title. He was a key member of the Blues squad that won the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history by beating Bayern Munich on penalties in the 2012 Champions League final. He won two successive league titles under Jose Mourinho between 2004 and 2006 before adding a third league title under Italian tactician Carlo Ancelotti at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.
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Stephen Ireland was one of the most talented in the youth teams at Premier League outfit Manchester City and it’s surprising that he didn’t enjoy a longer career with the Republic of Ireland national team.

He was in the Manchester City youth teams for four years from 2001 to 2005 before he was drafted into the first team squad. In the first team squad, he went on to become an important player. He scored 16 goals in 138 appearances in the colours of Manchester City in the Premier League.
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Stephen Ireland was one of the main actors when Manchester City released their list of 12 memorable festive fixtures earlier this month. Stephen Ireland was mentioned for his performance during the Premier League clash with Hull City over a decade ago. The ex-Republic of Ireland midfielder was the star of the show as the Citizens hit Hull City for five at home. Manchester City beat Hull City 5-1 at home and the game was mentioned as one of the 12 memorable festive fixtures for the club. Stephen Ireland emerged as the best player at the end of the game.

He provided two assists to propel Manchester City to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first half. Brazilian player Robinho was formerly a record signing at Manchester City and he was responsible for two goals from those four goals. Felipe Caicedo also hit a brace for the Citizens who were completely dominant against their opponents during the Premier League game. Read More…



Having made his Manchester City debut at the young age of 19 years old, Stephen Ireland was tipped to be a dynamic player with a sensational future. That future never came though, as he hasn’t been close to a player he seemed he was going to become as at when he made his debut.

He was also on fire in his first few games for his countryside Northern Ireland, having netted an impressive four goals in his first six senior international appearances for Ireland. Since then, he had an infamous fall-out and has now vanished into thin air since then. Read More…

Stephen Ireland has Not Finished Football Yet


There are many instances where footballers came back to the football grounds after announcing their retirements. Stephen Ireland was one of Ireland’s most promising players, who is now ready to get back to his form again in that 2020-21 season after a 2 years break. The 34 years attacking midfielder played his last match for Stoke City in May 2018 and since then she is not a part of any competitive professional football team.

As some of the controversies kept him away from the Ireland national football team, now he is again in search of a place in the team of Stephen Kenny. He hasn’t played for Ireland for the last 13 years. But he still thinks that he can serve his country for at least 3 to 4 years. As per his own words, he is confident that he has at least three or four years left in him as a footballer. He is determined to work hard and make his country proud. When he was asked about the controversial “Granny Gate” incident, he replied that he prioritized his life events and wanted to stay with his girlfriend who had a miscarriage during that time. This incident happened during a crucial tour where the team was getting to the ground for the qualification to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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Manchester United are ready to make Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish their priority this summer. The Red Devils were linked with the Aston Villa captain during the winter window, but no move materialized. As the two clubs were involved in a major course over the season.

Manchester United are trying to force their way back into the champions league, while Aston Villa are doing all they can to avoid an immediate return to the championship. Man United made two signings during the winter transfer window. They brought Bruno Fernandez and Nigerian International Odion Ighalo to boost their top four hopes. Ighalo and Fernandez have impressed since they joined the club.
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We’re going to look back to 2012 on May 13 where Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers played in the final day of the league season. The Citizens need all the three points to be crowned champions. Their first title in decades.

At the same time Manchester United travel away to Sunderland.  Both Manchester clubs were level on 86 points. Although City had superior goal difference leaving them at the top of the Premier League table. Only a few weeks before the season finale. City had defeated United 1–0 thanks to captain Vincent Kompany’s header, but prior to that City had also defeated United 1–6 at Old Trafford, setting a record defeat at home for the Red Devils. Thanks to this victory for City, they had the upper hand and were favourites to claim the title, their first in five decades.
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Manchester United got eliminated by their bitter cross-town rivals on Wednesday night. The Red Devils beat the Citizens at their home, one nil but it was not enough to overturn the deficit of the first leg.

A lot has changed at Manchester City since the days of Stephen Ireland and other everyday average English players represented the club.
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