Stephen Rice

Glentoran - Midfield

Player Profile

Date of Birth: 06 Oct 1984

Place of Birth: Dublin

Nationality: Ireland

Position: Midfield

Height: 5' 9

Club History

Start DateEnd DateTeam
Jan 2014 Nov 2015 Longford Town
Nov 2007 Oct 2013 Shamrock Rovers
Jan 2003 Nov 2007 Bohemians

Stephen began his career at Coventry City in 2001 and returned home to sign for Shelbourne in 2002. In April 2003 he signed for Stephen Kenny at Bohemians.

He spent three months of the 2003 season on loan at Monaghan United and did not make his debut at Bohemians until March of 2004 in an away game at Longford Town. From 2004 on Stephen found himself playing at right back and won the Bohs Player of the Year award in 2005.

In 2007, under Sean Connor, Stephen found himself back in his more natural midfield role but at the end of the season he left Dalymount Park to sign for Shamrock Rovers.

Stephen made his debut for Rovers on the opening day of the 2008 season and was a key member of the 2010 league winning side. He also won a Setanta Cup medal in 2011. Also, Stephen Rice scored the opening goal for Shamrock Rovers as they lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.

In 2012, Stephen played twenty three games for Shamrock Rovers in the league as they finished fourth. They were also runners up to Drogheda in the EA Sports Cup Final. The 2013 season was better for Rovers, as they won the EA Sports Cup and the Setanta Cup, in both occasions beating Drogheda United. Stephen played twenty three games in the 2013 league, scoring once against Derry, as Rovers finished fifth.

Stephen was released by Shamrock Rovers in November 2013 after five years at the club and in January 2014 he signed for Tony Cousins at First Division Longford Town. He played a part in twenty-five league games for the club, scoring twice, as Longford won the First Division title. Stephen re-signed for the club for the 2015 season in the Premier Division.

Stephen went on to be a key part of the Longford side, making thirty league appearances, scoring three times in the process, as Longford finished sixth in the Premier Division. In November 2015, he confirmed that he wouldn't be staying at Longford for next season.

Stephen has won International Caps for the Republic of Ireland at all levels from U16 to U19.