Stephen Fallon programme article

Posted : 16th April 2016

Stephen ready to end the season on a high with Linfield – by Roy McGivern

Look at Linfield this week spoke with young Linfield loan signing Stephen Fallon. The 19 year old from Belfast joined the Blues in January on loan from Premiership side Swansea. He made his debut in a 4-0 win at Ballymena at the end of January and got his first goal for the club in the Irish Cup win at home to Armagh City. Stephen was a late substitute in last week’s 2-0 defeat against Crusaders and concedes that it was a disappointing day for everyone at the club.

“We were all very down after Saturday’s game but you have to give the players credit for getting us back into such a challenging position in the league. There is still a lot to play for this season both in the league and with an Irish Cup final to look forward to. All of the players will be pushing hard for starting places and to make sure they make the squad for the cup final.”

The talented young winger is due to return to Swansea at the end of the season and he spoke to Look at Linfield about his football career to date.

“I started playing locally with St Oliver Plunkett FC and was there from age 10 up to the age of 16. I was spotted by a Swansea scout and they asked me over for a trail before I was signed. I have been there now for just over two years and it has been a great experience. There are a few other Northern Ireland lads at the club which has been good".

Stephen is keen to continue his career in full-time football but he was pleased to take his chance at Linfield when the opportunity came along.

He explains “I had worked with David Healy in the Northern Ireland youth teams including the Under 17 European qualifiers. I was really excited when I heard that he was interested in bringing me to Linfield and it has been great working with him again. Of course I want to make the grade at Swansea and my immediate aim will be to earn another contract with the club.”

Stephen has settled in well at Linfield and has made six substitute appearances so far. He appreciates that there is fierce competition for places at the club but is determined to get more game time and to help the club achieve some success this season.

“I am really enjoying my time at Linfield although it would be good to get a few more minutes on the pitch. The other boys at the club and the staff have all been good to me and the new facilities at Windsor Park are superb. The squad is very strong at the club, particularly in the wide areas where I prefer to play. I think that the manager is building a really good side and he has shown that he is prepared to give young players a chance. Paul Smyth has been doing very well and it was great to see Jake Moore make his debut in the recent Irish Cup semi-final win against Lurgan Celtic.”

We wish Stephen all the best for the rest of the season and hopefully he can sign off on his Linfield career with an Irish Cup Winners medal.
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