By Lucas SwainWhere are they now is a feature exclusive to the website where we take a look at some of the clubs former players and where they are in 2014, this week it is the turn of Marcus Stewart and Steve Yates!
Marcus Stewart – Bristol Rovers Assistant Manager
Once donning a headband and flowing locks, Stewart now finds himself back at the club he started out his professional football career at in the assistant manager’s position.
Making his debut for the Pirates in 1991, Stewart went on to amass 171 league appearances for the club, scoring 57 times in the process. Being a hometown boy, Stewart swiftly became a fans favourite and will be remembered for his equaliser against Huddersfield Town in the 1995 play-off final.
Stewart’s spell at the club was most definitely a successful one, but after Rovers fell to defeat in the aforementioned play-offs he departed the club for Huddersfield, continuing his great performances in Yorkshire.
This meant Stewart has earned himself another move, this time to Ipswich Town where the Bristolian helped the Suffolk-based club gain promotion into the Premier League, where Stewart would later become the highest goalscoring Englishman in the 2000-01 season, out-scoring the recently retired Thierry Henry.
Steve Yates – Bristol Rovers Kit Manager
Yates may not be able to boast about out-scoring Theirry Henry, but he has Premier League experience underneath his belt as he forged a reputation as a solid defender throughout his career.
Like Stewart, Yates is also a hometown man which led to his break in professional football at Bristol Rovers.
Making his debut for the Pirates in 1998, the now-44-year-old went on to appear 197 times in the league but unfortunately failed to score. After almost securing 200 appearances, Yates departed the club when ex-Rovers manager Gerry Francis went to Queens Park Rangers, taking a number of Rovers players in the process. Yates was one of these.
Yates re-joined Rovers in 2013 as kit manager, but following the club’s relegation into the Vanarama Conference Premier he’s taken on extra duties throughout the club.