Kenny Deuchar

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Kenny Deuchar
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Robert John Deuchar
Date of birth (1980-07-06) 6 July 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Arbroath
Youth career
Camelon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2002 Falkirk 24 (1)
2002–2004 East Fife 66 (31)
2004–2008 Gretna 93 (63)
2007 Northampton Town (loan) 17 (3)
2007 St. Johnstone (loan) 10 (6)
2008 Real Salt Lake 29 (3)
2009 Hamilton Academical 9 (0)
2009–2010 St. Johnstone 35 (5)
2010–2011 Falkirk 15 (3)
2011–2012 Livingston 38 (12)
2012 Stenhousemuir (loan) 9 (0)
2014– Arbroath 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:32, 5 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Kenneth Robert John "Kenny" Deuchar (born 6 July 1980) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays for Arbroath. He is also a practicing medical doctor.

His professional footballing career has seen him play for Falkirk (two spells), East Fife, Gretna, Northampton Town, St. Johnstone (two spells), Real Salt Lake, Hamilton Academical, Livingston and Stenhousemuir, when he initially retired for two years before returning to play for his current club.

Footballing career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

During his youth career, Kenny played for Denny BC, Deanburn BC (Bo'ness), Stenhousemuir Pro Youth, Aberforth Rangers Amateurs (Sunday Pub League), Dundee University Medical School AFC, Bonnybridge Juniors, Falkirk Pro Youth.[1]

Falkirk[edit]

Deuchar was born in Stirling and began his part-time footballing career at Falkirk, where he made his debut on 10 August 1999 in a Scottish League Challenge Cup match against Stranraer. He scored his first career goal against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[2]

East Fife[edit]

After suffering a string of injuries at Falkirk, including two broken legs, he left to join East Fife. He made his debut for the club on 3 August 2002 against Peterhead, and scored his first goals, a brace on 7 September, against Gretna in a Scottish League Cup match. He led East Fife to promotion, whilst also working as a full-time doctor. During his two seasons with the club he scored thirty four goals in seventy seven appearances.

Gretna[edit]

He was offered a place at big spending Scottish Third Division club Gretna, and signed immediately. In his first season he led Gretna to the Second Division smashing records along the way. He shattered the record for most league goals in a season of 24 with 38 goals in only 30 games.[citation needed] During a friendly against Threave Rovers in 2006 he managed to score eleven goals in an 18–0 thrashing.[3] He did not leave medicine behind completely, as he continued to work one day a week at a Scottish hospital while at Gretna[4] and worked one day a week at Wishaw General Infirmary before his move to the US[5]

Jeff Stelling, host of Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday programme, always made reference to "The Good Doctor" having scored a goal whenever Deuchar's name appeared on the vidiprinter.[6]

During the 2006–07 season, he fell out of favour, but still managed to score 4 goals in 9 matches. On 1 December 2006, Gretna officially announced that Deuchar had requested a transfer.[7]

On 31 January 2007, he joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season[8] and on 24 February 2007, Deuchar scored his first goal for Northampton in their 3–0 victory over Rotherham, which was his first goal in English football.

On 5 May 2007, Deuchar's final game for Northampton Town away at Doncaster Rovers, the Northampton fans' held a "Doctor's Day" in his honour and donned white doctors' jackets for the game. Deuchar came on after 63 minutes as a substitute and immediately the Cobblers equalised to draw the game 2–2.

On 30 August 2007, Deuchar joined St. Johnstone on emergency loan until 3 December 2007. During this three-month period he scored ten goals in fourteen games and helped the Saints to a Challenge Cup win, their first cup success in their history. On 3 December, he returned to Gretna and scored six goals in his eleven SPL games for the bottom club.

Real Salt Lake[edit]

On 26 February 2008, Deuchar signed with Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake.[9] His final game with Gretna saw him score 2 goals against Rangers, but Gretna lost 4–2. He made his debut for his new club as a 70th-minute substitute for Real Salt Lake in their 1–1 draw with Chicago Fire on 29 March 2008. He went on to score his first goal in a 3–1 defeat away at the hands of CD Chivas USA on 5 April 2008. Deuchar helped RSL to their first playoff appearance in their history and on to the Western Conference Final appearing in 30 of the team's 33 games that season.

Hamilton Academical[edit]

On 19 January 2009, Deuchar joined SPL side Hamilton Academical on a short-term contract.[10] He made his debut for the club on 7 February in a Scottish FA Cup victory against Dundee United. He went on to appear ten times for the club, but without scoring.

St. Johnstone (second spell)[edit]

On 4 June 2009, Deuchar signed for SPL newcomers St. Johnstone, eighteen months after being on loan to the club.[11] He scored the first goals during his second spell at St Johnstone when he bagged a brace against Stenhousemuir in the League Cup.[12] He scored a further goal against Forfar in the Scottish Cup[13] before scoring his first league goal of the season in a 1–0 win over Hearts.[14] In total he made forty appearances, scoring ten goals making him joint top scorer for the club that season with Liam Craig.

Falkirk (second spell)[edit]

Deuchar returned to his original club, Falkirk, on 1 July 2010.[15] He made his second debut for the club on 7 August against Dunfermline, and scored his first goal on 11 September in a 3–1 win against Queen of the South. He made only five starts for the club and scored three times.

Livingston[edit]

He joined Livingston on 18 January 2011 after being released by Falkirk[16] and scored a hat-trick on his debut the same day in a 4–2 win over East Fife.[17] On 9 August 2011 he became the first Livingston player to score two hat-tricks for the club in the emphatic 5–0 victory over Stirling Albion in the second round of the Challenge Cup.[18]

Stenhousemuir[edit]

He joined Stenhousemuir in February 2012 on loan until the end of the season.

Arbroath[edit]

On 11 February 2014, Deuchar came out of footballing retirement to join Arbroath until the end of the season. [19]

Outside football[edit]

Deuchar is a company director in Town House Restaurants Ltd which owns and operates the Wheelhouse restaurant, located close to the Falkirk Wheel in Falkirk and the new Boathouse restaurant at Auchinstary basin, in Kilsyth.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–2000 Falkirk Scottish First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[21] 0
2000–01 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2001–02 12 1 2 0 1 0 16[21] 1
2002–03 East Fife Scottish Third Division 32 21 2 0 2 2 38[21] 23
2003–04 Scottish Second Division 34 10 4 1 1 0 40[21] 11
2004–05 Gretna Scottish Third Division 36 38 2 3 1 0 41[22] 41
2005–06 Scottish Second Division 34 18 7 4 1 0 43[21] 24[21]
2006–07 Scottish First Division 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 12[21] 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006–07 Northampton Football League One 17 3 0 0 0 0 17 3
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Gretna Scottish Premier League 15 6 2 0 0 0 17 6
St Johnstone Scottish First Division 10 6 0 0 0 0 14[23] 10[22]
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer 28 3 0 0 28 3
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009 Hamilton Academical Scottish Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2009–10 St Johnstone Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2
2010–11 Falkirk Scottish First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Livingston Scottish Second Division 15 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 8
Total Scotland 202 101 19 8 6 1 2 0 231 115
England 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
USA 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 3
Career total 247 107 19 8 6 1 2 0 286 121

Honours[edit]

East Fife
Gretna
St. Johnstone
Livingston

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenny Deuchar". Youth Football Scotland. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Inverness CT 3–2 Falkirk". BBC. 15 February 2002. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Gretna FC Official Site[dead link]
  4. ^ "Deuchar requests transfer". Gretna F.C. 1 December 2006. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Deuchar nets TV role". Gretna F.C. 1 April 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (27 April 2007). "Northampton's good doctor". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Deuchar asks for exit from Gretna". BBC Sport. 1 December 2006. 
  8. ^ ""Northampton sign Deuchar on loan" – BBC Sport". BBC News. 31 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  9. ^ "Gretna's Deuchar signs MLS deal". BBC Sport. 27 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-27. 
  10. ^ "Deuchar agrees Hamilton transfer". BBC Sport. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "SAINTS GET SECOND VISIT FROM THE DOC". St Johnstone FC. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  12. ^ "Stenhousemuir 0–5 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "Forfar 0 – 3 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  14. ^ "St Johnstone 1 – 0 Hearts". BBC Sport. 30 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Falkirk FC Capture Deuchar Signature". Falkirk FC. 1 July 2010. 
  16. ^ "Kenny Deuchar makes move to Livingston". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "East Fife 2–4 Livingston". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Livingston 5–0 Stirling". BBC Sport. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Deuchar joins Arbroath". Tyrone Smith, STV. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Soccer star kicks off hotel plan". The Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  21. ^ a b c d e f g Includes 1 in Scottish League Challenge Cup
  22. ^ a b Includes 2 in Scottish League Challenge Cup
  23. ^ Includes 4 in Scottish League Challenge Cup

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