Dirk Lehmann

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Dirk Lehmann
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Personal information
Full name Dirk Lehmann
Date of birth (1971-08-16) 16 August 1971 (age 43)
Place of birth Aachen, West Germany
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Alemannia Aachen
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 1. FC Köln
1994–1996 Lierse 18 (7)
1996–1997 Molenbeek 26 (2)
1997–1998 Energie Cottbus 24 (1)
1998–1999 Fulham 26 (2)
1999–2001 Hibernian 59 (9)
2001–2002 Brighton & Hove Albion 7 (0)
2002–2003 Motherwell 43 (9)
2003 Yokohama 12 (1)
2004 SSV Jahn Regensburg 6 (1)
2004 Borussia Freialdenhoven
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dirk Lehmann (born 16 August 1971, in Aachen) is a retired German association football player.

Career[edit]

He made his senior debut with 1. FC Koln, and after a brief spell with Lierse S.K., joined another Belgian side in R.W.D. Molenbeek.[1]

He played for Molenbeek in the 1996–97 Belgian First Division and made 26 League appearances plus a further two in the UEFA Cup,[2] before returning to play in Germany with FC Energie Cottbus. He then transferred to Fulham for the 1998–99 season, making 26 League appearances for the club. At Fulham, Lehmann quickly earn a nickname 'The Porn Star' by the Fulham faithful, due to his "neat moustache and tinted hair his nickname was irresistible and typical of our supporters' sense of humour".[3] After leaving Fulham, he moved to Scottish side Hibernian.[4]

Lehmann scored twice on his debut for Hibernian in a 2–2 draw with Motherwell. He left Hibs under freedom of contract in 2001 and signed for Brighton & Hove Albion. Lehmann drew some press attention for playing with earrings on, which he would cover with white sticking plasters during matches.[5] While he was playing for Brighton, Lehmann was banned by The Football Association from wearing them.[6] He scored once during his spell at Brighton, in an LDV Vans Trophy game against Swansea City.[7]

Lehmann returned to Scotland six months later with Motherwell, where he was one of the players who negotiated a new contract after the club was placed into administration.[8] He played for Motherwell for a further season alongside the young James McFadden in attack.[9]

Following his release from Motherwell signed a lucrative contract with Yokohama.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player: Dirk Lehmann". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Hammond (ed), Mike (1997). The European Football Yearbook 1997/98. Sports Projects Ltd. ISBN 0-946866-42-2. 
  3. ^ "Cult Heroes". Fulham F.C. official website. 27 March 2007. Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "FULHAM : 1946/47 - 2011/12". neilbrown.newcastlefans.com. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Leslie, Colin (12 January 2002). "Former strikers express concern for Hibs’ plight". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Coates, Jonathan (2 February 2002). "Easy target man Lehmann is planning to have last laugh". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Swansea 1–2 Brighton". BBC. 16 October 2001. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  8. ^ "Motherwell axe 19 players". BBC Sport. 29 April 2002. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Gibbons, Glenn (27 December 2002). "McFadden turns the tables". The Scotsman. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Lehmann heads for Asian adventure". Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 November 2013. 
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2. 

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