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Everton Past Player Profile
GRAHAM STUART
Midfielder/Forward

FACTS
Born Tooting, 24 October 1970
Height 5' - 8" (173 cm)
Joined Everton August 1993
From (Fee) Chelsea (£850,000)
Debut v Sheffield United (h), 21 August 1993
Nickname(s) Diamond, Bobby
Left Everton November 1997
To (Fee) Sheffield United (£1,250,000*)
Finale v Aston Villa (a), 22 November 1997
Honours FA Schools, 5 England U-21 Caps, FA Cup winner ('95)
PREVIOUS CAREER
Seasons Club Apps Gls
1990-93 Chelsea 70 (17) 14

*Nominal value (Part of a swap deal for Mitch Ward and Carl Tiler, together with £500,000)

STRENGTHS WEAKNESSES
  • Excellent engine, runs all day
  • Good in the air for his size
  • Scores some spectacular goals
  • Good right in front of goal
  • Tremendous positive attitude
  • Used too much as a utility player
  • Tends to slow-up or stop attacks
  • Not a classic goal-poacher
  • Not really fast enough
  • Simply does not score enough
 
BIOSKETCH
 
Graham Stuart is another graduate of the FA School of Excellence. He scored on his Chelsea debut in 1990, a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. After 87 games in Chelsea's colours, Howard Kendall persuaded the young cockney to leave Stamford Bridge and venture north to Goodison Park.  Stuart is very much a Manager's player: eager to please, hard-working and tireless; willing to play in any role as long as he is on the field.  

The scorer of sometimes spectacular, sometimes crucial goals, – two of Stuart's three in the 1993-94 season came in the vital 3-2 win over Wimbledon. Victory in "That Game" on the final day of the season ensured Everton's survival in the top flight and Stuart a place in Goodison folklore.

Stuart also played a large part in Everton's winning goal in the FA Cup final of 1995 – although critics will say he nearly lost us the Cup, as he smashed an odds-on goal-shot against the bar.  Thanks to Paul Rideout, the rebound ended up in the right place.

Graham Stuart's best season was also Everton's best in recent memory: 1995-96.  Stuart excelled in a team that boasted the silky runs and sizzling shots of Andrei Kanchelskis.  This may have taken the pressure off Stuart, allowing him to perform more effectively in his favoured role as a striker.  At one stage, Joe Royle was touting Stuart for a place in the England squad... He ended up second-top scorer behind the Flying Ukrainian, with 14 goals.

Other than that season, for which he is not notably remembered, the records show that the Diamond Geezer is not a prolific goalscorer.  How much is this down to poor supply, and an annoying tendency for him to be played in midfield, on the wing, or even as a full-back rather than as a front-running striker?  Perhaps we shall never know.  In November 1997, Graham Stuart became the first notable casualty of Howard Kendall's 3rd reign when he was persuaded to move to Bramall Lane in exchange for Carl Tiler and Mitch Ward.

Stuart will always be acknowledged by Evertonians for the tremendous effort, workrate and commitment he showed when wearing the royal blue shirt.  The loss such a player was rued by some as Everton struggled to narrowly avoid relegation by virtue of goal difference by the end of the 1997-98 season.

Stuart spent 18 months at Sheffield United before returning to his roots in the smoke with Charlton Athletic in 1999.  After six pretty good years at The Valley, he was transferred to Norwich on the last day of the January 2005 transfer window.
 

GRAHAM STUART -- EVERTON CAREER STATISTICS
Season Squad
Number
League
Apps(sub)
League
Goals
Cup
Apps(sub)
Cup
Goals
TOTAL
Apps(sub)
TOTAL
Goals
1993-94 #8 26 (4) 3 3 (1) - 29 (5) 3
1994-95 #8 20 (8) 3 5 (2) 3 25 (10) 6
1995-96 #7 27 (2) 9 7 (1) 5 34 (3) 14
1996-97 #7 29 (6) 5 3 (-) - 32 (6) 5
1997-98 #7 14 (-) 2 3 (-) 1 17 (-) 3
Totals: 116 (20) 22 21(4) 9 137 (24) 31
Last update: 3 February 2005

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