Player profile

Stephen Darby

Stephen Darby

Birthdate: 6 October 1988
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Other clubs: Swindon Town (loan 2010), Notts County (loan 2010-11), Rochdale (loan 2011-12), Bradford City (2012-)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 2002
Liverpool debut: 12.11.2008
Last appearance: 29.07.2010
Contract expiry: 01.06.2012
Win ratio: 50% W:3 D:1 L:2
LFC league games/goals: 1 / 0
Total LFC games/goals: 6 / 0

Player profile

Right-back Darby was captain of the victorious Liverpool side in the FA Youth Cup in 2006. He made the move from the Academy to Melwood during the summer of 2006. His opportunity finally came in the closing minutes of a defeat to Tottenham in the League Cup at White Hart Lane in the middle of November 2008. Although ‘on the bench’ for four Premier League matches during the 2008/09 season, the only other game in which Darby got some playing time came in a European fixture against PSV Eindhoven in Holland when he replaced Álvaro Arbeloa. The official Liverpool Supporters Club handed Stephen Darby the “Ian Frodsham young player of the year” award in recognition of both the progress he had made on the pitch during 2008 and the excellent way he conducted himself off it. He signed a new contract with the club in July 2009, but following only three appearances in the ensuing season he was loaned to Swindon Town in League One in March 2010. He played in 12 League games as Swindon finished fifth and qualified to meet Charlton Athletic in the play-offs. Each club won its home leg 2-1 and the tie went to a penalty shoot-out in which Darby secured Swindon’s progress into the play-off final. Darby came on as a substitute for Swindon Town in the League One final against Millwall, but the Wiltshire club lost 1-0. The 23-year-old was released by Liverpool in the summer of 2012 and signed a two-year deal with Bradford City in League Two.

Darby was a regular for Bradford City'in 2012/13 and a member of the Bantams team that played against Swansea City in the League Cup final at Wembley in February. Although heavily defeated on that day, Bradford returned to Wembley in May in the League Two Play-off final and Darby again played from start to finish as Northampton were beaten 3-0 to ensure his club's promotion to League One.

Darby played in all 46 League One matches for Bradford City in the 2013/14 season. that ended with promotion. City finished the season in 11th place. Stephen was a multi-award winner at his club's end-of-season dinner in May 2014 and was made club captain in the summer. In the following two seasons he missed just one league game.   



Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 1 1 3 0 6
2006-2007 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008-2009 0 0 1 1 0 2
2009-2010 1 1 0 1 0 3
2010-2011 0 0 0 1 0 1

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Tottenham
1 Fiorentina
1 PSV Eindhoven
1 Reading
1 Rabotnicki
Total Started/substitutions
2 Started
13 On the bench
4 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
2 Champions League
1 FA Cup
1 League Cup
1 Premier League
1 Europa League

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.11.2008 Tottenham White Hart Lane League Cup

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Swindon Town 2009-2010 England League Division 1 15 0 15 0
Notts County 2010-2011 England League Division 1 23 0 26 0
Rochdale 2011-2012 England League Division 1 35 0 40 0
Bradford City 2012-2013 England League Division 2 35 0 51 1
Bradford City 2013-2014 England League One 46 0 49 0
Bradford City 2014-2015 England League One 45 0 56 0
Bradford City 2015-2016 England League One 46 0 54 0
Total 245 0 291 1
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