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Full name  Jonathan Graeme Stead
Years  Team
Weight  76 kg
Number  30
Height  1.91 m

Playing position  Striker
Role  Football player
Name  Jon Stead
Education  Honley High School
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Date of birth  (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 32)
Current team  Notts County F.C. (#30 / Forward)

Place of birth  Huddersfield, England

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Jonathan Graeme Stead (born 7 April 1983 in Huddersfield) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for League Two club Notts County. Stead is a former England Under-21 international earning 11 caps, scoring once.


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Stead was raised in Honley and attended Honley High School in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield Town

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Stead began his career with home town club Huddersfield Town where he came through the club's academy. He made his league debut for Huddersfield Town, as a nineteen-year-old against Brentford on 10 August 2002 coming as a 69th-minute substitute in the 2–0 loss on the opening day of the season. In total Stead made 42 league appearances scoring 6 goals in the 2002/03 season.

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He scored four goals in three games at the start of the 2003–04 season, igniting interest from larger clubs. 2 goals came in Town's opening game of the 2003/04 season in their 2–2 draw at home to Cambridge United. Stead went on to score two goals in a game on three further occasions for The Terriers during the first part of the 2003/04 season, with his other braces coming against Northampton Town on 13 September in a 3–0 home win, in a dramatic 3–3 away draw at Mansfield Town on 22 November and then again in a 3–1 home win over Doncaster Rovers on 3 January 2004.

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He scored 18 goals for Huddersfield in 2003–04, with 16 of them coming in the league, before moving to Premier League side Blackburn Rovers in the January transfer window. His last game for Huddersfield came in their 2–0 win over Boston United on 17 January 2004.

Stead returned to collect his Play-offs Winners' Medal with Huddersfield Town while he was playing for Blackburn Rovers. He appeared on the pitch celebrating the team he supported as a boy and his hometown club's win. After this he said, "I've moved on, but I know I won't find a friendlier place than this club".

Blackburn Rovers

In February 2004 he moved to Blackburn Rovers for over £1 million and signed a four-and-a-half-year contract. Stead marked his debut by scoring the only goal in a match against Middlesbrough. He went on to score six goals, including vital winners against Fulham, Manchester United and Everton as Blackburn successfully avoided relegation from the Premiership.

However, the goals for Blackburn dried up the following season and with manager Mark Hughes signing additional forwards including Welsh international Craig Bellamy, Stead was transferred on 13 June 2005 to Sunderland in a deal worth £1.8 million.


During his time at Sunderland Stead scored two goals, the first of which was on 1 April 2006 against Everton at Goodison Park in a 2–2 draw, breaking his duck of 11 months without a goal. He scored his second Sunderland goal in the 3–1 defeat to Southend United at Roots Hall on 19 August 2006.

On 13 October 2006, he completed a loan move to Derby County and after failing to find the back of the net in his first 6 games, he finally broke his Derby duck with the first goal in a 2–1 win away at Coventry City on 11 November. He followed that goal with the opener in a 2–0 win at Luton Town to make it two in eight appearances and then again went on to bag Derby's first in the 1–0 home win against Leicester City. He was nominated for Powerade Player of the Month as a result of his form at Derby in November.

Sheffield United

Stead was signed by Sheffield United from Sunderland for a fee of £750,000, potentially rising to £1.2 million, on a three-and-a-half-year deal on 11 January 2007.

On 13 January 2007, Stead played his first Premier League game with Sheffield United against Portsmouth and scored his first goal for the Blades a few weeks later, in his third game, against Fulham. He would go on to score again for the Blades in the next match against his former club Blackburn Rovers where Stead's muted celebration further endeared him to the Rovers fans, who remained grateful for the considerable contribution he had made during the relegation scrap in 2004.

He scored a respectable five goals in total that season, the final of which came on the last day of the season against Wigan Athletic on 12 May, but his goal wasn't enough to prevent United from being relegated.

Stead found first team starts harder to come by the following season as he fell behind James Beattie and Billy Sharp in the pecking order but still managed to make over thirty appearances and score six goals. During the subsequent transfer window Stead signed on loan for Championship rivals Ipswich Town with a view to a permanent move.

Ipswich Town

Stead made his move to Ipswich permanent on 15 September 2008 after playing just one game on loan for a fee believed to be around £600,000. In that loan game he scored a 20-yard goal, which he described as "the best goal of his career to date". On 25 April 2009, Stead was the last ever senior player to score at Ninian Park after a 3–0 win.

On 15 February 2010, Stead joined Coventry City on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move. He made 10 appearances for the Sky Blues scoring twice before returning to Ipswich at the end of the season. He has scored in every year of his career to date, notching at least 2 goals for each of the clubs he has played for.

Stead was linked with a move to Blackpool in July 2010, with Ipswich accepting a fee of 250k, but Blackpool refused to match Stead's £12,000-a-week wages.

Bristol City

Stead joined Bristol City on a three-year contract on 22 August 2010. He made his debut in the 2–0 loss at previous club Ipswich Town. Stead scored his first goal for Bristol City when he netted in a 3–1 defeat against Portsmouth on 28 September 2010. He scored his third goal for the club during a 1–1 draw with QPR, with a magnificent shot from outside of the box, beating Paddy Kenny. Stead scored the second goal of the game to beat Barnsley 2–0 and to give City another season in the 2012–13 Championship.

On 8 May 2013, Stead was released by City, in hopes of making a move up north to involve his kids spending time with their grandparents.

Return to Huddersfield Town

On 24 June 2013, Stead agreed a return to home town club Huddersfield Town on a two-year deal becoming the team's first signing ahead of the 2013–14 season. He made his 2nd début for the club as a substitute in the 2–1 win over Bradford City in the Football League Cup on 6 August, followed by his league début on 24 August in the 5–1 win over A.F.C. Bournemouth. He scored his first goal for the club in the 3–2 win over local rivals Leeds United on 26 October 2013.

Oldham Athletic (loan)

On 31 January 2014, Stead joined Oldham Athletic on an initial one-month loan.

Bradford City (loan)

On 27 March 2014, Stead joined League One side Bradford City on loan until the end of the 2013–14 season. He made his debut two days later in a 1–0 win away to Leyton Orient. Although he returned to Huddersfield at the end of the season, he rejoined Bradford City on loan on 17 October 2014. He scored four goals in fifteen games in his second loan spell, and briefly returned to Huddersfield in January before Bradford took him on loan for the rest of the 2014–15 season on 8 January. On 24 January 2015 Stead scored one goal and set up a further two in a much deserved 4–2 win away at Chelsea in the FA Cup. In the next round of the FA Cup, Stead scored again; this time in a 2–0 win over his old club Sunderland. These goals allowed Stead to become a cult hero at Bradford City, where there were cries to sign him on a full contract before he joined Notts County.

International career

Stead has represented England at international level, as his early goalscoring exploits at Blackburn Rovers led to a call-up for the England Under-21 side for their game against the Netherlands in February 2004. However, he managed just 1 goal in 11 appearances for the Under-21's between 2004–2005.

Career statistics

As of match played 12 September 2017.


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