At various times in his career Stuart Elliott was associated with at least fifteen clubs in either the Football League or Conference alone. Starting his career with Newcastle United, he arrived at Exeter City from Scarborough but only made a solitary substitute appearance. After leaving City he signed for Halifax.
Stuart was on Arsenal’s books when at school but it was with Newcastle United that signed professional in July 1995. Although he was to spend five seasons as a professional on Tyneside he never appeared in the first team and was loaned to seven different clubs including Hull City, Swindon Town, Gillingham, Hartlepool United, Wrexham, AFC Bournemouth and Stockport County in-between often captaining Newcastle’s reserve team.
Stuart had never made more than ten appearances for any of his loan clubs and, upon his release from Newcastle in May 2000, had a run in Darlington’s first-team playing twenty-four league matches until moving to Plymouth Argyle in March 2001. But his time at Home Park was short and, after a dozen games, he linked up with Carlisle United in August 2001 ahead of playing for Durham City and then Scarborough on a non-contract basis.
Stuart’s four months with the Yorkshire club didn’t result in a contract offer and, after just eight games, he arrived at St James’ Park in January 2002 on trial before signing on a week-to-week basis. He quickly made a 78th minute substitute appearance at Macclesfield on 2 February 2002 but that proved to be the sum total of his Exeter career and, indeed, his time in the Football League
Stuart then played a few games for Merthyr Tydfil before moving on to Halifax Town in the Conference. Leaving the Shay in March 2003 Stuart had a spell with Harrogate before moving back to the London area to play for Harrow Borough and Waltham Forest. He then returned to the North East to join Gateshead prior to, between 2006 and 2009, amassing eighty-odd appearances in the Conference for Northwich Victoria, York City and Grays Athletic where he was briefly player-assistant manager.
Stuart then moved back to the North East again, and dropping down the leagues, appeared for Bedlington Terriers, Newcastle Benfield and Ashington in addition to coaching in Newcastle United’s academy. He later became manager of Newcastle Benfield.