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Ray Stewart (footballer)

Personal information
Full nameRaymond Strean McDonald Stewart
Date of birth7 September 1959(age 57)
Place of birthStanley, Perthshire, Scotland
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionDefender

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Raymond "Ray" Strean McDonald Stewart (born 7 September 1959 in Stanley, Perthshire) is a former Scottish international footballer of the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. During his career he played for Dundee United, West Ham United, St. Johnstone and Stirling Albion.

Having transferred to West Ham from Dundee United for a fee of £430,000 in 1979 whilst still a teenager, he became an instant favourite with the fans who nicknamed him "Tonka" after Tonka Toys, which were described as 'Indestructible'. Also renowned for his ability as a penalty taker (penalties), scoring 76 out of 86. One of these penalties came in the 1 1 draw with Liverpool in the 1981 Football League Cup Final, West Ham however lost the replay. He is also notable to be the only non-English player to appear for West Ham United in any of their three FA Cup winning sides and played a pivotal role in the club's successful period of the early 1980s.

He later became a manager, with spells at Forfar Athletic, Livingston and Stirling Albion but was sacked on each occasion.




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