Paul Keegan (footballer born 1972)

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Paul Keegan
Personal information
Full name Paul Keegan
Date of birth (1972-12-30) 30 December 1972 (age 41)
Place of birth Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Beith Juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1992 St Patrick's Athletic 30 (10)
1992–1996 Boston College 85 (33)
1996–2000 New England Revolution 90 (20)
1997 Worcester Wildfire (loan) 7 (4)
2000 Boston Bulldogs (loan) 4 (2)
2000 Connecticut Wolves (loan) 2 (1)
2000–2002 Bray Wanderers 37? (21)
2002–2004 Bohemians 65 (18)
2004–2006 Longford Town 53 (19)
2006 St Patrick's Athletic 54 (19)
2007 Motherwell 10 (0)
2007–2008 Partick Thistle 21 (2)
2008–2009 Dumbarton 21 (6)
2009–2010 Airdrie United 28 (5)
2010– Beith Juniors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 06:57, 6 May 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Paul Keegan (born 30 December 1972) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing for Airdrie United. Keegan was the first Irishman to play in Major League Soccer in the United States.

Keegan joined St Patrick's Athletic from schoolboy football team Crumlin United, where he broke the scoring record for the club with 33 goals in 29 games in 2001. In 1992, after his first year with Pat's and Brian Kerr's successful side. Keegan accepted the offer of a soccer scholarship by Boston College where he learned his trade under the tutelage of renowned coach Ed Kelly. Keegan represented his country in the World University Games in Buffalo, USA in 1992. After a successful college career, which seen him win Big East Rookie of the Year, Big East Player of the Year and All American honours twice, Keegan was drafted by the New England Revolutionas their number one pick in the first ever MLS college draft in 1996 by Frank Stapelton. Keegan stayed with the 'Revs' for 5 successful seasons until 2000. In his last season with the Revs, Keegan was honored with Bostons prestigious 'Sportsman of the Year Award' for outstanding service to the community. In 2000 Keegan played four times for the Boston Bulldogs in the US A-League to help recover from an ACL knee injury.

Keegan got his first taste of League of Ireland football when he was loaned to St Patrick's Athletic in 1999 because of the long off season in the MLS. Playing mostly off the substitutes bench, Keegan helped Pats secure their second successive league championship. At the end of his loan spell he returned to New England. The following year he returned home to Ireland and joined Bray Wanderers [2] and his performances there earned a move to title chasing Bohemians in 2002. Bohemians won the league in Keegan's first season as he developed a great relationship with league leading scorer, Glen Crowe. He won the goal of the year award for his famous over head kick versus Bray Wanderers. In 2004, Keegan joined Longford Town and ended the season by scoring the winning goal in the FAI Cup final [3]. Keegan joined his childhood team, St Patrick's Athletic for the second time as manager John McDonnell looked for experienced strikers to add to his young team.

After a year back with St Patrick's and an outstanding year in partnership with Trevor Molloy which seen them score 35 goals between them, he moved to Motherwell in January 2007 for an undisclosed fee and to be with his family.[1]

He moved to Scotland's Partick Thistle in August 2007, he joined Dumbarton in the Scottish Football League Third Division. Keegan helped the Sons to win the Third Division championship in May 2009. In his last year of professional football, Keegan signed for Airdrie United on 22 July 2009.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Well snap up Eircom League trio". BBC Sport website. 1 January 2007. 
  2. ^ [1].

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