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Stephen Bywater




Date of birth



188 cm





A highly experienced goalkeeper, Stephen joined the Brewers in January 2016 initially for the remainder of the 2015-16 season after returning from a spell in the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters.

After starting his career with Rochdale it was at West Ham United that Stephen made his breakthrough having been signed for the Hammers as a 16 year old by Harry Redknapp for an initial £250,000. Most of his experience was gained through loan spells away from Upton Park, Wycombe, Hull, Coventry City and Derby County providing first team opportunities before Stephen established himself at West Ham making 68 appearances earning himself a permanent move to the Rams in the summer of 2006.

In his first season he helped Derby to the Premier League via the play-offs (his second play-off victory) going on to make over 150 appearances for the Pride Park club with loan spells at Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff adding to his career stats prior to a permanent move to Hillsborough. Millwall, Gillingham (loan) and Doncaster Rovers have subsequently signed Stephen before his spell on the sub-continent.

After making his Brewers debut in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool his chance in the league came when regular keeper Jon McLaughlin got injured against Birmingham City and Stephen took over helping the side to Championship safety with some key saves and earning another contract.

Stephen now heads into his fourth season with The Brewers in 2018/19, having made 45 appearances the previous season in the Championship.