Stewart Announces Retirement Friday, 8th Apr 2011 08:02
Former Blue Marcus Stewart has announced that he will retire after Exeter’s game against his first club Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The 38-year-old was with Town between February 2000 and August 2002, helping George Burley’s side into the Premier League – scoring the third goal at Wembley – and then netting 21 times as the Blues reached the UEFA Cup the following season having finished fifth.
Stewart says now is the right time to bow out: "There are six games to go and I'm not fighting for a playing contract next season, so I'm better off giving someone else a chance whether that's a young lad or someone whose contract is up.
"I thought it was a good thing to do at Rovers because I started off there and I finished there and it gives someone else an opportunity for the final five games.
"I am proud of my career and I am going out not chasing anything, I'm not chasing another title or another goal.
"I'd like to say I've done most things and I'm content in my head with retiring now because of that reason, it's a big factor."
Stewart, who will continue in a coaching role with the Grecians, scored 40 goals in 84 starts 12 sub appearances for the Blues after signing for £2.75 million from Huddersfield before joining Sunderland after Town’s relegation for a knockdown £650,000 fee.
The 5ft 10in tall frontman also played for Yeovil and Bristol City and had a spell on loan at Preston.
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Still one of my top, top players to have pulled on the blue jersey. Incredibly hard worker (not seen many, if any, put in the work rate he did). What a great season that was: 5th in the Prem. Blimey. My son is eight and he's never seen us in the Prem. Seems a long time ago. Good luck Marcus, I'd always be the first to buy you a pint.
Totally agree - lucky enough to have met him and shared afew scoops with him , great guy , smart and an intelligent footballer , who , I think has alot to offer in the game . Great left peg .... A real footballer - what I would give for afew like him in our team .. but shows what is there down in the lower divisions if we get the scouting system right - which I believe we are doing now!!!
Thanks to you buggers reminiscing about Marcus Stewart I've just 'youtubed' the Barnsley play off final & the Bolton semi game, what a superb footballing team we were, brought a tear to my eye, what a player & a legend. I'm gonna be late now, thanks pals!!!!
If only we had someone like him now...he was fantastic for us with so many important goals. If only we could have had him for a few more years. Enjoy your retirement Sir and if i ever see you out i about i will be sure to buy you a pint! Although im sure i wont be first in the queue! Thanks for the memories! Cheers!
I have the greatest memories of Marcus and our time at the top flight playing superb attacking football, watching the video clips of the play off final make you realise we still have a long way to go to match that team. Living just outside Exeter I have had the pleasure of meeting Marcus several times and he is a real gentleman, look forward to buying you a beer Marcus to celebrate your retirement. A true ITFC Legend!!!