Dale Stephens retires

Former midfielder calls time on playing career.

By BHAFC • 27 March 2023

By Paul Hazlewood
Dale made 39 Championship appearances for Albion the season we were promoted to the Premier League.

Dale Stephens has retired from professional football.

The 33-year-old spent six-and-a-half years with us, making 223 appearances, and played a key role in our promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in 2017.

Posting on social media, Dale said, “Today I have the privilege of retiring from playing professional football after 16 years. I am incredibly fortunate and proud to have represented some fantastic football clubs 416 times across every tier of English football, competing against some of the best players in the world.

“I will be forever grateful for the opportunity and the memories of representing Bury, Rochdale, Oldham Athletic, Southampton, Charlton Athletic, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley. From the managers and coaches that taught me, the physios that helped me, my team mates who inspired me and the supporters who backed me every week. Without you I wouldn’t be writing this statement. Thank you!

“Most importantly, my amazing family’s dedication and support. You made it possible for me to play the game I dreamed of. Thank you.

“The amazing journey fulfilled me every day, from the elation of success to the challenges of injuries, it was all worth it. If you’re going to go for it, go for it with everything you’ve got.”