Hibernian were in the First Division at the time of Lovell signing. The striker was part of the team that won promotion back to the Scottish Premier League. Capped twice by Australia, he was a Hibernian first team regular as they finished a creditable third in the Premier League and reached the Scottish Cup Final during the 2000/01 season.
National team Australia
Born in Australia, Lovell spent his childhood in Reading. He joined the local professional team and was part of the Reading team that narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League in the 1994/95 season. Stuart had a penalty kick saved in the play-off final against Bolton Wanderers when Reading were leading 2–0. The team eventually lost 4–3 after extra time.
After damaging a cruciate ligament in 1997 and almost having his career ended as a result, Lovell moved to Hibernian in 1998, ultimately prolonging his career by nearly a decade.
Hibernian were in the First Division at the time following relegation the previous year, and he was a major part of the team who won promotion back to the Scottish Premier League after securing the First Division title. Capped twice by Australia, he was a Hibernian first team regular as they finished a creditable third in the Premier League and reached the Scottish Cup Final during the 2000/01 season.
In the summer of 2001, Lovell surprisingly left Hibernian to sign for SPL newcomers Livingston, who he helped to finish third in their first season in the SPL. He subsequently skippered the club to their only major trophy to date, the Scottish League Cup in 2004. Ironically for Lovell, Livingston defeated Hibs 2–0 in the final.
Lovell retired after a 15-month spell with Dumfries club Queen of the South, where he also had a spell as caretaker manager.
Stuart has since done media work, appearing on Setanta Sports and Sky Sports, and writing a column for the Edinburgh Evening News. He has also served as a representative of PFA Scotland.