Place Of Birth:
Date Of Birth:
Dec 19, 1985
Jan 1, 2004
Defender Steven’s senior career started when he stepped up from Dalkeith Boys Club to Dundee United in January 2001.
Despite impressing many with his performances at youth and reserve team level Steven was released from Tannadice in the summer of 2004 and the then Saints Manager John Connolly had a look at him in a reserve game at Forfar (where he scored) and a few days later he appeared in the first team listed as a trialist in the match at St Mirren on 21st August. These two performances convinced Connolly that Steven was a player worth having and he initially signed until the end of that 04/05 season.
Connolly’s successor Owen Coyle knew Steven from his time in charge of Dundee United's reserve side where he had appointed him captain of that side and wasted no time in securing his services for Saints for 05/06 and did so again for the 2006/2007 campaign and it was during the latter that he saw Steven really flourish into a tremendous defender.
Equally competent in both the right back or a centre half role, Steven signed a one-year deal for 2007/08 but the esteem in which he was held by Owen Coyle was marked in October 2007 by his signing of a two-year extension to that contract. Despite the number of defenders on the books that season Steven featured in 38 of the club’s 47 matches.
The start of the 08/09 season saw Steven side-lined by injury but at the start of November he was fit enough for a place on the bench and he came on to good effect in matches against Dunfermline and Ross County. However, with Kevin Rutkiewicz, Stuart McCaffrey and Gary Irvine in great form in what proved to a Championship winning season and then the arrival in January 2009 of Irish defender Graham Gartland, Steven found it difficult to get a regular game in the side.
However, Steven played a significant role in our first season back in the SPL and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension in April 2010. From then on, Ando really developed into a player Derek McInnes was unable to leave out of the side and he seemed to flourish playing alongside Michael Duberry.
Season 2011/2012 saw Steven continue his fine form despite the way going of Duberry and in January 2012 he was awarded a further two-year extension taking him through to the end of season 2013/2014.
Steven scored the opening goal for the history making Saints team that defeated Dundee United 2 - 0 in the Scottish Cup Final played at Celtic Park on 17 May 2014.
Ando made his 350th appearance for Saints in the Scottish Cup match on 9th January 2016 against Kilmarnock at McDiarmid Park. This was followed by his 361st appearance in the 1 - 1 draw with Ross County, also at McDiarmid Park, on 16th March 2016 when he equalled the all-time St Johnstone appearance record held by goalkeeper Alan Main. The stalwart defender made his 362nd appearance for the club against Hearts the following week to become the club’s new all-time appearance holder.
In May 2016 Ando signed a new contract to commit himself to the club until May 2018.
Steven's home jersey is kindly sponsored Innes Ferguson and his away jersey is available for sponsorship.
Player Sponsorship is £315 (inc.VAT) for the season - contact Roddy Grant on 01738 455000 for more information.
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