Steve Sidwell

Academy Coach & Media Pundit

Steve Sidwell is a well-travelled Premier League footballer who played midfielder for many great teams throughout the years. Sidwell made over 500 first-team appearances throughout his career in many different clubs but it all started in Arsenal in 2001.

Sidwell joined Arsenal at the age of 9 and was part of the team that won the FA Youth Cup for the club in 2000 and 2001. When Sidwell left Arsenal in 2003 he took a four-and-a-half-year deal with Reading FC. Starting off strong in the 2003-04 season after scoring a goal in the first three matches. In 2004 FourFourTwo voted him best played outside the Premier League. He was later named in PFA Team of the Year. Reading finally gained promotion to the Premier League in the 2005-06 season Sidwell was yet again earned a place in the PFA Team of the Year after scoring 10 goals in the 40 matches he played. In September 2004 he was also named Football League Champions Player of the Month.

“I’m so lucky and privileged to have lived every kid’s dream of playing football for a living.”

Steve moved on to join Chelsea in 2007, where he played and trained alongside top players Frank Lampard and Michael Essien. Sidwell moved from team to team in the following years: signing with Aston Villa in 2008, Fulham in 2011, Stoke City in 2014 and Brighton & Hove Albion in 2016. He played a big part in Brighton’s success in gaining promotion to the Premier League. Sidwell once stated in an interview, “I’m so luck and privileged to have lived every kid’s dream of playing football for a living.” After a 26-year long career Sidwell retired late 2018 due to back and ankle injury.

After retirement Sidwell continues his determination to be part of the game. He continues his work at Brighton working as an Academy Coach and ambassador for the club. Sidwell says he is ‘spinning plates’ when it comes down to what to do next. Having just got his A licence in coaching, starting off his career as a football pundit and starting a new high-end children’s clothes line, Blousey Baby. Since retiring Steve has worked with many sports broadcasters such as Sky Sports’ The Debate, BT Sports and talkSPORT. Sidwell truly has got his fingers in all the pies.

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