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 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 is well remembered for his time at Manchester City where he briefly shone under Mark Hughes before falling out of favour with the club. The talented Irishman was touted for great things but saw out his career with Aston Villa and Stoke City without achieving any of the heights expected of him.

However, his son Josh Ireland is looking to follow in his father’s footstep and make the cut into professional football.  The youngster currently plays for Stoke City Academy and has impressed the coaching staff with his performances.
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Stephen Ireland Departed From Bolton Wanderers Without Making Any Appearance For The Club

The former republic of international of Ireland named Stephen Ireland has recently left the club of Bolton Wanderers. But he left the club by mutual consensus and that so without making any senior appearance for the team. Stephen Ireland, who is 32 years old, joined the club of Lancashire on a short contract in the last October but he miserably failed to make an entry into the 1st team with the Championship club (cash strapped). The former midfielder of Manchester City, Stephen had spent last 5 seasons with the club of Stoke City, a stint that ruined by an injured leg and because of this injury he was out of action for almost 2 years.

Corkman Ireland, who started his career with the club of Cobh Ramblers before he joined Manchester City as a 15-year-old lad, had stints with Newcastle United and Aston Villa before he joined the Stoke. For Ireland, he made his senior debut in March 2016 and went on to make 6 appearances, scored 4 times, before he said goodbye to the international football. However, Stephen found himself at the controversy’s center after he withdrew from very important qualifier of Euro 2008 which was to be played against the Czech Republic. His reason for withdrawal was very awkward i.e. the demise of his grandmother.
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Manchester City academy graduate, Stephen Ireland has insisted he has a lot to offer at Bolton after moving to the club on a short term deal in the summer.

The Irish professional footballer who suffered a horrific leg break is determined to put the setback behind him and prove he can still turn up at a high level following his move to Bolton. He sees the move the move as an opportunity to rejuvenate his career.
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Ireland Ready In For A Trial For Bolton Wanderers

Stephen Ireland, the midfielder was capped by the Republic of Ireland 6 times. He is indeed one of the future’s best stars as he made more than 100 appearances for Manchester City. Ireland has had his share of struggles to obtain a place in the 1st team but was used in a deal with Aston Villa. James Milner was successful in heading the other way. Post his struggle for 1st team position, Ireland was with Newcastle United temporarily and then the movement to Stoke City did become permanent. Ireland was there close to 4 years and was let go in this summer.

Now, Ireland is on the lookout for another club and in this summer he went on trial with Bolton Wanderers so as to get a contract. But, despite his hard efforts, Ireland did not do much during the trial, which did not earn him an offer. This means that he is still an independent agent and on the lookout for a fresh deal. However, Ireland has successfully managed to do enough to see good old days ahead. As a result, the former star of Stoke City is now heading to Bolton for another trial for the 2nd time. The best part is that the club will not test his ability this time as they are well aware of his potential already and are happier with that. The trial has given a chance to Lancashire club to assess the fitness of Ireland and to check if he is all geared up for the Championship football.
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Ireland On Stoke City Chances

Stoke City midfielder Stephen Ireland believes that the club can still escape relegation. He said that the team has been playing really well during recent games and he believes that they can remain in the Premier League. He said that they played well in their last game against Arsenal and that they were a bit unfortunate to lose by 3-0. He said that the players fought well on that day and that they showed that they have improved a lot during recent games.

Stephen Ireland said that there are six games left to play in the current season and they should do everything they can in order to get maximum points. He said that it has been a tough season for Stoke City but it is important that they remain focus on the objective. He said that the players are aware of the situation and that they are all ready to fight in order to win games.

Stephen Ireland said that it is a big disappointment for him to not have been able to play enough games with Stoke City. Indeed the former Manchester City midfielder has been plagued with various injuries and has failed to make a sustained run in the team. He said that he would have loved to be more involved in the team and help them win some games. However, he admitted that there are some good players in the team and it is up to them to deliver the goods. He said that they are a good technical side and they keep on improving every game.

He said that we have reached a stage of the season where you need to get points quickly if you want to remain in the Premier League and it is important to fight for each point.

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