Darren Mackie

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Darren Mackie
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Mackie in 2010
Personal information
Full name Darren Graham Mackie[1]
Date of birth (1982-01-05) 5 January 1982 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Inverurie, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Turriff United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2012 Aberdeen 312 (58)
2004 Inverness (loan) 6 (0)
2013 Phoenix FC 10 (0)
2013– Turriff United 3 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 July 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren Graham Mackie (born 5 January 1982) is a Scottish footballer who plays for Turriff United. Mackie was born in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland and previously played as a striker for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League between 1998 and 2012, with a loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2004.

Club career[edit]

Aberdeen[edit]

Mackie, a product of the Aberdeen youth system, started his professional career with the club in 1998. He also had a brief loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2004.

Inverness CT (loan)[edit]

In January 2004, Mackie moved on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[2] He made six league appearances for Inverness, but failed to score a goal and returned to Aberdeen at the end of the season.

Return to Aberdeen[edit]

He scored 15 goals for Aberdeen in the 2004–05 season – including twelve in the league – which helped his team to a fourth place finish, but they just missed out on UEFA Cup qualification. On 22 August 2006, Mackie missed a decisive penalty in a shock 5–3 penalty shootout defeat to Third Division side Queen's Park.[3] He finished the 2006–07 season with 13 league goals, including one very bizarre one in a match against Kilmarnock on 28 April 2007. Kilmarnock goalkeeper Alan Combe attempted to throw the ball to one of his team-mates, but Mackie, who was walking away from goal, was instead hit on the back of his head by Combe's throw and the ball rebounded over the helpless keeper into the net.[4]

Aberdeen finished third in the SPL in the 2006–07 season and therefore qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup first round, where they faced Ukrainian club Dnipro. The first leg of the tie on 20 September 2007 at Pittodrie ended goalless,[5] but in the second-leg, Mackie netted the opening goal, his 50th goal for Aberdeen. He headed in from close range after a pinpoint cross by Ricky Foster. The match ended 1–1 with Andriy Vorobey scoring the equaliser for Dnipro.[6] Mackie's strike ensured Aberdeen's progress to the group stages of the tournament on away goals and secured a substantial financial windfall for the club. Mackie also scored the only goal of the game against Celtic at Celtic Park in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay on 18 March 2008.[7]

Mackie scored his 50th league goal for Aberdeen on 20 December 2008 in an SPL match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium and signed a new three-year contract with the Dons in February 2009.[8]

On 19 July 2011, Aberdeen played La Liga side Villarreal at Pittodrie in a testimonial match to mark Mackie's thirteen years with the club.[9] The match ended 1–0 to Villarreal, with striker Giuseppe Rossi scoring the only goal after 53 minutes.[10] Near the end of the 2011–12 season, Mackie was advised that his contract with Aberdeen would not be extended.[11]

Mackie played his last game for Aberdeen in 0–0 draw against St.Mirren on 12 May.

Phoenix FC[edit]

On 27 September 2012, Mackie signed a one-year contract with Phoenix FC of the USL Pro.[12] His time at Phoenix was not a successful one. He was sidelined with a groin injury in the early part of the season. His contract was not renewed and he returned to Scotland after the season ended.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Correct as of 1 July 2012

Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aberdeen 1999–00 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2000–01 22 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 26 3
2001–02 34 8 2 0 2 1 0 0 38 9
2002–03 30 4 1 0 1 0 4 1 36 5
2003–04 16 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
2004–05 34 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 38 15
2005–06 27 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 4
2006–07 36 13 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 13
2007–08 19 3 3 1 1 0 3 1 25 5
2008–09 29 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 34 6
2009–10 32 4 3 1 1 0 2 0 36 5
2010–11 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 12 1
2011–12 19 1 2 0 2 2 0 0 23 3
Total 313 58 22 6 19 3 10 2 364 69
Inverness (loan) 2003–04 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 319 58 24 6 19 3 10 2 372 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2005.06. Cre8 Publishing. 2005. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-95485-561-1. 
  2. ^ "Mackie joins Caley Thistle". BBC. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Queen's Park 0–0 Aberdeen (5–3 pen) BBC Sport. 22 August 2006.
  4. ^ "Aberdeen 3–0 Kilmarnock" Aberdeen FC website. 24 April 2007
  5. ^ "Aberdeen 0–0 Dnipro" BBC Sport. 20 September 2007
  6. ^ "Dnipro 1–1 Aberdeen" BBC Sport. 4 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Celtic 0–1 Aberdeen" BBC Sport. 18 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Darren Mackie nets new Dons deal". The Daily Record. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Darren Mackie Testimonial Match". Aberdeen Football Club. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 
  10. ^ "Aberdeen lose Darren Mackie match against Villarreal". BBC Sport. 20 July 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "Aberdeen striker Darren Mackie among six to exit". BBC Sport (BBC). 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  12. ^ "Phoenix FC officially signs first player, former Scottish Premier League forward, according to sources". Odeen Domingo (Arizona Republic). 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Aberdeen FC favourite Darren Mackie to head home after frustrating spell at Phoenix FC". http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 

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