Player #828

Appearances:

79

Starts:

73

Goals:

11

Seasons:

2

Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing

Source: Football card #27 Stuart Downing issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2009-10 series, 2009.

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Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing

Source: Football card #27 Stuart Downing issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2009-10 series, 2009.

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Stewart Downing

Position

Winger

From

2009-10

To

2010-11

IMAGE CREDIT

Stewart Downing

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

25
26

Division

PL
PL

Appearances

79
35
44

Starts

73
33
40

Substitute

6
2
4

Unused

1
1
0

Goals

11
3
8

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Stewart Downing

Birth Date

Sunday, 22 July 1984

Birth Place

Pallister Park, Middlesbrough

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Middlesbrough

From

For

£11,700,000

On

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Previous Clubs

2003-09 Middlesbrough |
2003 Sunderland (L) |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Liverpool

For

£20,520,000

On

Friday, 15 July 2011

Subsequent Clubs

2011-13 Liverpool, £20.52m |
2013-15 West Ham United, £5.22m |
2015-19 Middlesbrough, £7.11m |
2019- Blackburn Rovers, Free |

Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing

Source: Football card #27 Stuart Downing issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2009-10 series, 2009.

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Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing

Source: Football card #27 Stuart Downing issued by Topps under the Match Attax 2009-10 series, 2009.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

2009-11 Aston Villa, £11.7m, 73 (6) | 11 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Martin O’Neill |
Gérard Houllier |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Burnley (a), Premier League

DEBUT

First Goal

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Final Appearance

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Liverpool (h), Premier League

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Honours

2009-10 League Cup Runners Up |

Height

(5 ft 11 in) 1.8 m

Foot

Left

International Team

England

Stewart Downing

Player #828 for Aston Villa, Stewart Downing played as a winger for the club in 2009-10 and 2010-11 making 79 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

Downing was born in Pallister Park, Middlesbrough on 22 July 1984 and was signed by Martin O’Neill from Middlesbrough for a fee of £11,700,000 on 16 July 2009.

Downing was signed injured and as a result his debut was delayed for four months with him finally making an appearance as a 70’ substitute for Steve Sidwell in Villa’s draw at Burnley on Saturday, 21 November 2009.

O’Neill would name Downing in every squad (36) for the remainder of the 2009-10 campaign handing the winger 33 starts as Villa reached the League Cup final, an FA Cup Semi Final and a 6th placed finish in the Premier League.

For his part Downing struck 3 goals - his first league goals being a brace in Villa’s 5-2 win over Burnley on Sunday, 21 February 2010 - and developed a dynamic triumvirate with James Milner and Ashley Young as O’Neill developed one of the most exciting first XIs Villa had seen in recent decades.

O’Neill however would controversially walk out on Villa on the eve of the 2010-11 campaign and a series of mis-steps by the Villa hierarchy set the club on course for a half decade of drudgery and ultimate relegation.

The first step was a fire sale of the club’s best assets - some of which is alleged to have prompted O’Neill’s departure - closely followed by a series of poor managerial appointment commencing with Gérard Houllier in 2010-11.

Houllier - who manager to neither start nor finish the 2010-11 campaign in charge - once again made Downing a virtual ever present as the winger made 44 appearances and hit eight goals and created 7 assists.

Villa however had lost the impetus of O’Neill and the excellence of James Milner and the often drudgery like football under Houllier led Downing - along with Ashley Young - to see their careers away from Villa Park.

Sadly Downing chose to leave the club as the post Houllier exodus began. In truth of all the recent departures - Gareth Barry, James Milner, Ashley Young and Downing - it was the latter’s that seemed the most undeserved.

It’s fair to say that Villa saw the best of Downing’s club career and the player should probably have repaid the club’s faith in nursing him to fitness with greater loyalty.

However on the flip side - unlike with the transfers of Milner and Barry - Villa received fair value for Downing as he moved on to Liverpool for a fee £20,520,000 in July 2011.

Villa’s loss however was also Downing’s as despite significant transfer fees his career went backwards on the pitch before drifting back to Middlesbrough and into the lower leagues.