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Stephen Patrick Hunt (born 1 August 1981 in County Laois, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish footballer. His position is left midfield, and he plays professionally for Reading. He previously played for Brentford and Crystal Palace. His younger brother, Noel Hunt, is also a footballer, and plays for Dundee United.

Club career

Early years
Hunt became known for his creative and skillful play as well as his work rate as a winger. Although born in county Laois in Ireland, Hunt grew up in Clonea-Power, Waterford in the South of Ireland. Hunts first introduction to organised football was when he moved to the Mount Sion secondary school in Waterford at the age of 11. During his time at secondary school he also began playing for local soccer side Johnville. This got Hunt a degree of recognition and he played for Waterford in the Kennedy Cup.
He later excelled for Carrick United at various age levels, before going to England starting his career as a trainee with Crystal Palace, However he failed to make an impact on the first team, so he left to join Brentford. In his four years at the West London club, he became an integral part of the team.

In 2005, Hunt decided to leave Brentford, and rejected a new contract. After agreeing to join Bradford City, late interest from Reading, then in the Football League Championship, made him change his mind.

Hunt was unfortunate to be denied more starting appearances in his first Reading season by the brilliant form of Bobby Convey. He still made a vital contribution, appearing from the bench, as Reading marched to the Championship title and promotion to the Premiership during the 2005–06 season.

On 14 October 2006, Hunt and Chelsea's goalkeeper Petr Čech challenged for the ball in the first minute of a league game at the Madejski Stadium, resulting in a collision between Čech's head and Hunt's knee and Čech undergoing surgery for a depressed fracture of the skull.

Following the incident officials and players of not just the two clubs involved, pundits, footballer representatives and even MPs expressed views either condemning or supporting Hunt and the others involved in the aftermath of the incident.

The FA eventually confirmed that no action would be taken against Hunt but, in the mean time, both Hunt and team-mate Ibrahima Sonko, involved in a collision in the same match with Čech's replacement Carlo Cudicini, had received deaths threats from alleged Chelsea fans.

On 9 July 2007, Hunt signed an improved three year contract to keep him at Reading until the end of the 2009–10 season.

International career
Hunt earned his first cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 2-1 win away to San Marino on 7 February 2007, coming on as a substitute. He earned his second cap in their 1-0 home win against Wales on 24 March 2007, again coming on as a substitute.

Hunt was then sent off in Ireland's 1-0 defeat to the Czech Rupublic, by Greek referee Kyros Vassaras, even though he won the ball, after challenging Jan Polák.

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Steve Hunt's playing record
Season Openin. Subst. Goals Yellows Reds
2007 3 6 0 0 1
2008 3 3 1 0 0
2009 5 5 0 0 0
2010 0 1 0 0 0
2011 5 6 0 2 0
2012 0 2 0 0 0
Total 16 23 1 2 1
By season | In opening squad | Substituted in | Goals | Yellow cards | Red cards

Steve Hunt's full debut
23.05.2007 at 01:00 Friendly A Ecuador 1 - 1

Last 10 games where Steve Hunt started | Show All
15.11.2011 at 15:00 European Cup Play off H Estonia 1 - 1
10.08.2011 at 19:45 Friendly H Croatia  
07.06.2011 at 19:30 Friendly N Italy  
04.06.2011 at 15:00 European Cup Qualifier A FYR Macedonia  
29.05.2011 at 18:30 Carling Nations Cup H Scotland  
14.10.2009 at 15:00 World Cup Qualifier H Montenegro  
05.09.2009 at 15:00 World Cup Qualifier A Cyprus 1 - 2
06.06.2009 at 18:30 World Cup Qualifier A Bulgaria 1 - 1
01.04.2009 at 19:50 World Cup Qualifier A Italy 1 - 1
28.03.2009 at 15:00 World Cup Qualifier H Bulgaria 1 - 1

Last 10 games in which Steve Hunt scored.
19.11.2008 at 19:45 Friendly H Poland 2 - 3

Games in which Steve Hunt was a Substitute.
04.06.2012 Friendly A Hungary  
29.02.2012 Friendly H Czech Rep 1 - 1
11.11.2011 European Cup Play off A Estonia  
11.10.2011 European Cup Qualifier H Armenia 2 - 1
07.10.2011 European Cup Qualifier A Andorra  
06.09.2011 European Cup Qualifier A Russia  
02.09.2011 European Cup Qualifier H Slovakia  
24.05.2011 Carling Nations Cup H N Ireland  
17.11.2010 Friendly H Norway 1 - 2
14.11.2009 World Cup Play Off H France  
10.10.2009 World Cup Qualifier H Italy 2 - 2
12.08.2009 Friendly H Australia  
29.05.2009 Friendly N Nigeria 1 - 1
11.02.2009 World Cup Qualifier H Georgia 2 - 1
19.11.2008 Friendly H Poland 2 - 3
20.08.2008 Friendly A Norway 1 - 1
06.02.2008 Friendly H Brazil  
17.11.2007 European Cup Qualifier A Wales 2 - 2
12.09.2007 European Cup Qualifier A Czech Rep  
26.05.2007 Friendly A Bolivia 1 - 1
28.03.2007 European Cup Qualifier H Slovakia  
24.03.2007 European Cup Qualifier H Wales  
07.02.2007 World Cup Qualifier A San Marino 2 - 1
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