John Eustace Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: John Eustace
  • Born: November 3rd, 1979 (Solihull, England)
  • Height: 5' 10
  • Position: Central Midfielder
  • Signed: February 19th, 1999
  • First Manager: Paul Sturrock
  • Career Totals: 13 appearances, 1 goals
  • Also Played For: Watford


Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1998-99 10 (3) 1 2 0 23.1% 23.1% 53.8%
Totals: 10 (3) 1


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 23/05/99 SPL vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
 15/05/99 SPL vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 4
 08/05/99 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H) 0 - 0
 06/04/99 SPL vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 3
 03/04/99 SPL vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 3

 Recent First Team Goals
 15/05/99 SPL vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 4

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 15/05/99 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 4

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 23/05/99 SPL vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 2
 15/05/99 SPL vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 4
 08/05/99 SPL vs. Kilmarnock (H)  0 - 0
 01/05/99 SPL vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 2
 24/04/99 SPL vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 2
 20/04/99 SPL vs. St Johnstone (H)  0 - 1
 06/04/99 SPL vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 3
 03/04/99 SPL vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 3
 20/03/99 SPL vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 16/03/99 5th Round Replay vs. Ayr Utd (H)  2 - 1
 13/03/99 5th Round vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 0
 27/02/99 SPL vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 20/02/99 SPL vs. Aberdeen (H)  3 - 0


Biography


Beginning as a trainee with Coventry City, John signed professionally during the 1996-97 season. At the age of 19, he came to Tannadice on loan in February 1999, and went straight into manager Paul Sturrock's starting eleven, making his senior debut against Aberdeen at Tannadice. He missed only two League games through to the end of the season, becoming a popular player with the fans, and won the Young Player of the Year award before returning to his own club.

United were keen to sign the player on a permanent basis but Coventry were unwilling to let him go. He began to establish himself in the first team at Highfield Road, with manager Gordon Strachan naming him as club captain. He lost his place in the Coventry side due to injury in 2001. A short period on loan at Premier League side Middlesbrough was followed by a move to Stoke City in 2003.

After a good start, he was again restricted due to a long-term injury that ruled him out for 18 months. On his return he was loaned out to Hereford United before regaining his first team place at Stoke. He signed for Watford in January 2008, where he had his most successful spell, making over 150 appearances at Vicarage Road, again becoming captain. Having previously had a short spell with Derby County on loan in 2009, he joined the Rams in July 2013, before retiring in 2016 to take up the manager position at Kidderminster Harriers, and later assistant manager at Queens Park Rangers.

Squad Numbers


26

Season:
1998-99





Debut

February 20th, 1999
Dundee United 3 - 0 Aberdeen

League (SPL)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth

    John was born on this date in Solihull, England.

  • Signed For Dundee United

    Beginning as a trainee with Coventry City, John signed professionally during the 1996-97 season. At the age of 19, he came to Tannadice on loan in February 1999, and went straight into manager Paul Sturrock's starting eleven, making his senior debut against Aberdeen at Tannadice. He missed only two League games through to the end of the season, becoming a popular player with the fans, and won the Young Player of the Year award before returning to his own club.

  • We maintained our 100% record over the Dons this season with a third victory and again we prevented the Dons scoring. Although Aberdeen started well, we made the better chances and were unlucky to have a goal chalked off before Kjell Olofsson nodded us in front. In the second half a Billy Dodds header and David Hannah's fine execution to a good move saw us cruise to an easy win in the end.

  • The least said about this display the better. Manager Paul Sturrock was one of the lucky ones being abroad on a scouting mission. We were simply never at the races against a rampant Hearts side. Ironically, in the wake of our heaviest defeat of the season, Dunfermline's defeat at Dens Park confirmed our Premier status for next season.

  • Last Appearance - Dundee United 1 - 2 Celtic

    The final game of the season brought an improved performance, but still no joy on the home front. Celtic won this nothing at stake encounter thanks to a couple of opportunist first half goals by Mark Burchill. Whilst Billy Dodds pulled one back from the spot after Steven Thompson had been sent tumbling in the box by Mjadby. Defeat left us without a home win since February, a run of six games since defeating Aberdeen.