Stephen is a player who needs no introduction to South Shields fans, with the 2016-17 season set to be his 10th with the club.
The Mariners’ longest-serving player has been the great survivor at Mariners Park, staying at the club through a relegation season and two dark years in Peterlee.
He initially burst onto the scene as a teenager, and has since then been Mr Consistent, always reliable and one of the go-to men for those in the Shields hotseat.
Stephen was part of the League Cup-winning side of 2010, and tasted silverware again six years later as the Mariners won Northern League Division Two.
All of the striker’s senior career to date has been spent with the Mariners, who he joined after time in the youth team of Redby CA.
He ended the 2015-16 season with 298 appearances for Shields – a figure which would have surely been much higher if not for poor luck with injuries over recent campaigns.
Strong, an aerial presence, unselfish and an impressive link-up player, Stephen remains ever-popular at Mariners Park.