Steven James "Steve" Sidwell is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Fulham in the Premier League. He was part of the Arsenal youth team that won the FA Youth Cup in 2000 and 2001. He had successful loan spells with Brentford and Brighton, but was unable to break into the Arsenal first team. He had impressive profile at Reading which he joined for an undisclosed fee on a four-and-a-half-year deal in January 2003. In 2004, Four Four Two Magazine voted him the best player outside the Premier League. He was part of the Championship-winning 2005–06 squad and was named in the Championship Team of the Year in April 2006. Sidwell joined Chelsea on 1 July 2007 on a free transfer from Reading. His Premiership debut for Chelsea came on 12 August 2007 in a 3–2 victory against Birmingham City
On 10 July 2008, Sidwell signed a three-year deal with Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, believed to be a record £1.2m. Sidwell signed for Fulham on 7 January 2011, signing a six-month contract with a view to extending it for a further three years. He made his premiership début for Fulham in a 2–0 win at Craven Cottageagainst Stoke City on 22 January 2011. On the final matchday of the season, Sidwell opened the scoring for Fulham as they went on to tie Arsenal 2–2 at Craven Cottage.