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Arthur Stewart (Glentoran, Derby, Ballymena, Northern Ireland)


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Arthur Stewart died on Saturday 3rd March 2018, aged 76.

He made 279 appearances for Glentoran before a December 1967 transfer to second division Derby County then managed by Brian Clough.

In the two and half years with Derby he made 30 appearances.

Returning to Ballymena (his birth place) in 1971 to be their player manager.

Capped 7 times by Northern Ireland.

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Arthur Stewart

born 13th January 1942, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
died Saturday 3rd March 2018, aged 76

19571961 Ballymena United
19611967 Glentoran 279/6
1967 Detroit Cougars (USA) 12/2
19671970 Derby County 30/1
19701976 Ballymena United
1976 Distillery
1976 New Jersey Americans (USA)
1976 Bangor
19761977 Cliftonville
19771979 Glentoran

19671968 Northern Ireland 7/0
(also 5 amateur and 5 league caps)

19711976 Ballymena United
19771978 Glentoran
1978? New Jersey Americans
1981? Ballyclare Comrades
?? Ballymoney United

Stewart joined Glentoran from Ballymena as a teenager in 1961, and became part of one of the most successful Glentoran teams in the mid and late sixties, winning the Gold Cup in 1963, the Irish League in 1964 and the Irish Cup in 1965. In 1966/67 Stewart was part of the team which won the Ulster Cup, Gold Cup, City Cup and League championship.

At the end of the season, he won his first cap for Northern Ireland in a 00 draw with Wales. He was part of the famous "Detroit Cougar"s team which was the name given to Glentoran in the U.S.A. championship in the summer of 1967.

In December of the next season, he transferred to Derby County then in the Second Division. After two and a half seasons he returned to Northern Ireland to rejoin Ballymena in August 1970.

He was appointed player-manager in 1971 and won the City Cup in his first season in charge: Ballymena's first trophy for eleven years.

He earned the Ulster Footballer of the Year title in 1973/74 as Ballymena pushed close for honours, only to lose out to Ards in both the Irish Cup and Blaxnit Cup finals.

Over the next few seasons success was limited to the Gold Cup, with a win in 1974 and a final defeat by Coleraine in 1975 preceding Stewart's departure early in 1976.

In March 1976, Stewart signed as a player with Distillery, but departed for a lucrative five month spell in the American Soccer League with New Jersey Americans.

He returned to the Irish League early in the 1976/77 season, taking in brief spells with Bangor and Cliftonville before he accepted a return to Glentoran as player-manager in May 1977.

Stewart's role as both experienced tactician and seasoned player aided Glentoran to some early successes. They embarked on a European Cup campaign which would take them past Icelandic side Valur and within a whisker of a famous draw with Juventus. The Gold Cup was won again, but the League title lost to Linfield.

In December 1978, Stewart resigned as Glentoran manager to take the over as head coach at New Jersey Americans. He returned to Northern Ireland as manager of Ballyclare Comrades in 1981 and later managed Ballymoney United.


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