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Stephen Jordan

Born: 6/3 1982
Birthplace: Warrington
Nationality: England (0/0)
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 72 kg
Position: Left Back
Playing Record:
Season: Club: Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
2002-2003 Manchester City 1 0 0 0 0 0
2002-2003 Cambridge United (loan) 11 0 0 0 0 0
2003-2004 Manchester City 2 0 0 0 0 0
2004-2005 Manchester City 19 0 0 0 2 0
2005-2006 Manchester City 18 0 5 0 1 0
2006-2007 Manchester City 13 0 2 0 1 0
Total: 64 0 7 0 4 0

Steve is a young defender who came through the ranks at Manchester City to earn a squad number for the 2002/03 season. He made his debut in the defeat at Bolton as a second half substitute, marking his only appearance of the season. After that he was loaned out to Third Division side Cambridge United at the beginning of October 2002 to aid the club's injury crisis and gain experience. The left-sided player made his debut in a 2-2 home draw against Wrexham, and went on to play 11 games for the "U's".

Steve was included in the first team again in February 2004 when he replaced Steve McManaman as an 89th minute substitute in the 3-1 win against Bolton. He also came on as a late substitute on the final day of the season - a 5-1 win at home to Everton. Steve was rewarded for his progress with a new one-year deal for 2004/05 with Kevin Keegan hoping that the defender would make a breakthrough into the first team. He went on to compete with Ben Thatcher for the left back role, and good performances in the Carling Cup gave him his first Premiership start against Norwich City in November 2004, together with Willo Flood.

An injury to his rival Thatcher meant that Jordan was thrown into the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in his second Premiership the following week. It was a week of mixed emotions and sleepless nights for the youngster, but the nerves vanished as soon as the referee blew his whistle. 90 minutes later Jordan had cleared the ball of the line behind David James, received stitches to his head and tamed Christiano Ronaldo in a game that ended 0-0. He went on to play another 8 successive matches for City before an ankle injury put him out of the games for four weeks.

After struggling with Ben Thatcher for the left back position the arrival of the solid performing Michael Ball in January 2007 meant even worse news to Steve. Failure to make the necessary improvement meant that his contract was not being renewed and he was released by the club during the summer 2007. Steve was one of those Academy graduates that almost made the breakthrough into the team, but barely missed it despite given lots of opportunities. However having played 50 Premiership games for the Citizens brought the attention from several clubs and in the end it was Burnley that secured his services when he signed on a three year deal on 15 July 2007.

Provided by: Svenn A. Hanssen, svenn@hanssen.priv.no