• At the age of 17 Stewart Downing made his professional debut for local club Middlesbrough in a 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town.
  • A loan spell at Boro neighbours Sunderland proved valuable for the young winger in 2003.
  • Downing was back at the Boro in 2004 and started the season with his first goal for the club against local rivals Newcastle.
  • International recognition was soon to follow for the promising youngster, earning his first cap in a friendly against the Netherlands.
  • After a superb UEFA cup campaign under Steve McClaren, Downing's Middlesbrough were beaten in the final by Juande Ramos' Sevilla.
  • Downing was included in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany and featured in three games as a substitute.
  • The first permanent move of the Winger's career came in 2009 with a £10 million switch to Aston Villa following Middlesbrough's relegation.
  • Downing enjoyed two successful years at Villa, notching eleven goals during his time in the Midlands.
  • The Teesider was one of many signings brought into Kenny Dalglish's new look Liverpool in 2011, signing for a fee of £20 million.
  • Despite struggling to assert himself during his first season at Anfield he did provide five goals and nine assists for the Merseyside club last season.
  • Stewart Downing featured for England in Roy Hodgson's first match, an international friendly against Norway.
  • Downing now joins the fifth club of his professional career, as he links up with former Liverpool team-mate Andy Carroll at West Ham. Pic: West Ham United.

Stewart Downing

At the age of 17 Stewart Downing made his professional debut for local club Middlesbrough in a 1-0 loss to Ipswich Town.