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ROB STEVENSON | FORWARD

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PLAYER BIO

The Northern Premier League West's top scorer in the 2023-2024 season, who joined the Pitmen in June 2024 from title winners Leek Town

A former trainee at hometown side Stoke City, Stevenson was released at 17 years old and joined Stafford Rangers for the 2011-2012 season. Despite being offered a new deal by Greg Clowes for 2012-2013, Stevenson stated that he wanted more regular football and signed for Leek Town instead

After a dozen starts at Harrison Park, Stevenson departed in late October 2012 to join Market Drayton Town, playing regularly for the Evo-Stik Division One South strugglers over the next two seasons before stepping back up a level to sign for newly-promoted Belper Town in July 2014, playing in the Northern Premier League for the first time ever after winning the Division One South play-offs

However, the season was to prove something of a disaster for the Derbyshire-based Nailers, as they were rooted to the foot of the table for much of the campaign and relegated at the end of the season, with Stevenson contributing five goals in thirty-four starts

Despite relegation back to step four, Stevenson remained at Belper for the 2015-2016 season as they finished in a lowly mid-table position. Playing on the right flank, Stevenson weighed in with eight goals from forty starts, a stat that attracted attention from league rivals and former club Leek, who brought the player back to Staffordshire in the summer of 2016

 

This proved to be a key move in the player's career, as over the next eight seasons he was to establish himself as one of the top performers at step four, making nearly 300 starts for the club and scoring over 100 goals. Over a period of three years, the Blues inched closer to promotion back to step three finishing ninth, seventh and then third in the Northern Premier League Division One South/North West, before their progress was checked towards the end of the 2019-2020 season due to COVID. In December 2018, Stevenson trialled for League One side Blackpool for a week after he had been spotted by a Tangerines scout whilst playing for Leek

Another strong start to the season in 2020-2021 was also voided by the pandemic, leaving Leek to rebuild for the 2021-2022 campaign. A third-place finish saw Leek fall to Runcorn Linnets in the play-off semi-final, something that happened again the following season as the Linnets denied the second-placed Blues once more

However, there was to be no denying Leek in 2023-2024 as they swept to the title, having persevered with several of their star names such as Dan Trickett-Smith, Tim Grice, Louis Keenan and Stevenson to clinch a long-awaited promotion back to step three. Stevenson plundered goals at a rapid rate scoring twenty-one goals in the league to clinch the Golden Boot and scoring twenty-six in all competitions

In June 2024, Stevenson elected to follow team-mate Trickett-Smith to Keys Park, signing for the ambitious Pitmen as they looked to build a side capable of promotion from the Northern Premier League West in 2024-2025 under Steve King

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