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|Full name||Kevin William Gallacher|
|Date of birth||23 November 1966|
|Place of birth||Clydebank, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|2001–2002||Preston North End||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Kevin William Gallacher (born 23 November 1966 in Clydebank) is a Scottish former professional footballer and now a sports pundit. He played as a striker from 1983 until 2002 notably in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers where he was part of the title winning side in 1995.
He started his career in his native land with Dundee United and went on to also play in the English top flight for Coventry City and Newcastle United, as well as in the Football League for Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town. He made 53 appearances for Scotland, scoring 9 goals.
Gallacher started his Scottish League career with Dundee United, where he spent seven years as part of a successful team under the guidance of Jim McLean. He appeared in the 1987 UEFA Cup Final, where United lost on aggregate to IFK Göteborg. He won his first Scotland cap against Colombia in 1987. Gallacher scored Dundee United's goal in the 1988 Scottish Cup Final, in the 2–1 defeat by Celtic.
Gallacher moved to Coventry City in 1990 and became a fans favourite for three years. He then joined Blackburn Rovers in March 1993 for £1.5million, as they looked for new blood in their ultimately unsuccessful bid to win the FA Premier League title that season and fill the gap up front left by the long-term injury absence of Alan Shearer.
Unfortunately, two broken legs (the second sustained in his first game after the original injury) restricted him to just one Premier League game in 1994–95, when Blackburn were league champions. His only league game of the season came against Crystal Palace, when he scored a crucial goal in a 2–1 win.
He returned to full effectiveness in 1996–97, however, scoring 10 goals to help avoid a relegation scare. In 1997–98 he formed a potent partnership with Chris Sutton, scoring 16 goals himself as Blackburn finished 6th. However, injuries and inconsistencies meant he missed much of 1998–99, although he was the team's top goalscorer with 5 goals. Despite this, they were relegated just 4 seasons after winning the title.
He moved on to Newcastle United after Blackburn's relegation to become Bobby Robson's first signing. He was mostly used as a right winger, a role he adapted to superbly, and despite a lack of goals, was fairly popular with the Newcastle fans for his work rate.
Spells at Preston North End (where he scored twice against Kidderminster Harriers and Sheffield United), Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town followed before hanging up his boots in 2002, ending a career which had seen him score a total of 106 goals in 430 games in the English and Scottish leagues.
Gallacher won 53 caps for Scotland. He represented Scotland at Euro 92, Euro 96, and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He scored 9 goals for his country. His most famous goals for his Country was a double against Austria at Celtic Park.
He now undertakes media work as a co-commentator and Studio Analyst variously for BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports, Setanta, BBC Scotland and Channel 5.In addition to this he is also a columnist in the Lancashire Telegraph.In 2010 he started working for Itv sport commentating on fa cup games following Gareth Southgate moving from the gantry to the studio. He has recently received critical acclaim for his book, Tartan Turmoil: The Fall & Rise of Scottish Football, a semi-autobiographical look at the problems faced by Scottish football.
He is the grandson of the late Celtic forward Patsy Gallacher, who died before he was born. He married Aileen Binnie in 1987.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1||19 May 1993||Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||1–0||3–0||WCQG1|
|2||13 October 1993||Stadio Olimpico, Rome||Italy||1–2||1–3||WCQG1|
|3||2 April 1997||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Austria||1–0||2–0||WCQG4|
|4||2 April 1997||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Austria||2–0||2–0||WCQG4|
|5||30 April 1997||Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg||Sweden||1–2||1–2||WCQG4|
|6||7 September 1997||Pittodrie, Aberdeen||Belarus||1–0||4–1||WCQG4|
|7||7 September 1997||Pittodrie, Aberdeen||Belarus||3–0||4–1||WCQG4|
|8||11 October 1997||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Latvia||1–0||2–0||WCQG4|
|9||11 October 2000||Maksimir Stadion, Zagreb||Croatia||1–1||1–1||WCQG6|
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1985–86||Dundee United||Premier Division||20||3||3||0||-||1||0||24||3|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1989–90||Coventry City||First Division||15||3||?||?||-||?||?|
|Blackburn Rovers||Premier League||9||5||-||-||-||9||5|
|Newcastle United||Premier League||20||2||5||1||-||-||25||3|
|2002–03||Huddersfield Town||Second Division||7||0||-||1||0||-||8||0|
- Kevin Gallacher career stats at Soccerbase
- Kevin Gallacher at scottishfa.co.uk
- Independent profile
- International stats at Londonhearts.com