Fraser Kerr

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Fraser Kerr
Personal information
Date of birth (1993-01-17) 17 January 1993 (age 24)[1]
Place of birth Rutherglen, Scotland
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
200x–2009 Motherwell
2009–2011 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Birmingham City 0 (0)
2012–2013 Motherwell (loan) 14 (0)
2013–2015 Motherwell 54 (1)
2015–2016 Cowdenbeath 13 (0)
2016–2017 Stenhousemuir 32 (3)
National team
2008 Scotland U16 4 (0)
2009 Scotland U17 6 (1)
2010–2011 Scotland U19 4 (0)
2012–2013 Scotland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:43, 27 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:48, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Fraser Kerr (born 17 January 1993) is a Scottish footballer, who currently plays as a centre back. Kerr has represented his country at levels from under-16 to under-21.

Kerr began his professional career at Premier League side Birmingham City in 2011, having progressed through the club's youth ranks. He never made an appearance for the club, and spent the 2012–13 season on loan to Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, where he made 19 appearances. He was released by Birmingham City in July 2013, having returned from his loan spell. Kerr then moved to Motherwell on a permanent basis, making 40 league appearances in two seasons. He spent a season with Cowdenbeath before moving to Stenhousemuir in June 2016.

Club career[edit]

Kerr was born in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire,[2] and attended Calderglen High School, in East Kilbride.[3] He began his football career as a schoolboy with Motherwell.[2] Spotted playing for the Scotland under-16 team in the televised Victory Shield,[4] he moved to England at the age of 16 to begin a two-year scholarship in Birmingham City's youth academy.[5]

Much to his surprise, Kerr was included as defensive cover in the first-team squad for a 2010 pre-season tour to Hong Kong and China.[2] He played in only one of the games, as a 76th-minute substitute for Stephen Carr in the 2–0 win against Chinese Super League team Liaoning Whowin.[6] He signed his first professional contract, of two-and-a-half years, in January 2011.[2] Academy manager Terry Westley described the "tall and gangly" Kerr as having "good awareness on the ball", but said that it was "his change of pace that really convinced us to bring him here", comparing him with England international Matthew Upson at a similar age.[7]

His first competitive involvement with the first team came in January 2011, when named on the substitutes' bench for the fourth-round FA Cup tie against Coventry City.[8] He was part of the Birmingham squad for their 2011 pre-season visit to Ireland, and played the second half of the friendly against Cork City.[9] Named in the "B" list for Birmingham's 2011–12 Europa League campaign,[10] he was an unused substitute for the play-off second leg against CD Nacional.[11]

In August 2012, Kerr rejoined Motherwell on a six-month loan after a successful trial.[12][13] He made his debut as a substitute in a 2–1 win over Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League on 18 August.[14] The loan was later extended to last for the season.[15] In April, Birmingham confirmed that his contract would not be renewed when it expired at the end of the season.[16]

On 1 July 2013, after his Birmingham contract expired, Kerr signed a two-year permanent deal with Motherwell.[17] On 31 May 2015, Kerr was involved in an incident in Fir Park following the result of a 3–0, 6–1 on aggregate, victory of Motherwell against Rangers, a match that secured Motherwell's place in the Scottish Premiership. After a clash between players Bilel Mohsni (Rangers) and Lee Erwin (Motherwell), Kerr got involved to defend team-mate Erwin. Both teams' managers have described the event as both "unacceptable" and "disgraceful".[18] Kerr was released by Motherwell at the end of the 2014/15 season.[19]

Kerr signed for Cowdenbeath in November 2015[20] where he spent one season before signing for Scottish League One side Stenhousemuir in June 2016.[21] At the end of the 2016–17 season Kerr was released by Stenhousemuir, following the club's relegation to Scottish League Two.[22]

International career[edit]

He made his debut for the Scotland under-16 team in August 2008 in a friendly match against a Jersey team, and played twice in that year's Victory Shield.[23] The following year he made six appearances for Scotland's under-17s, including two in the qualifying round of the 2010 European under-17 championships, and scored his first international goal, against Finland in the Nordic Tournament.[24][25] As a 17-year-old, Kerr played two friendlies for Scotland at under-19 level in 2010, and appeared in five more matches in 2011, which included three European under-19 championships qualifiers.[26] Kerr made his under-21 debut in the Marbella Cup in October 2012.[27][28]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 25 April 2015
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham City 2011–12[29] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motherwell (loan) 2012–13[29][30] Scottish Premier League 14 0 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 19 0
Motherwell 2013–14[31][32] Scottish Premiership 19 0 1 0 0 0 2[a] 0 22 0
2014–15[33] Scottish Premiership 21 1 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 25 1
Total 40 1 2 0 1 0 4 0 47 1
Career totals 54 1 4 0 2 0 6 0 66 1
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "First team: Fraser Kerr". Motherwell F.C. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Asante and Kerr sign pro deals". Birmingham City F.C. 19 January 2011. Archived from the original on 22 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Celebrating Success – Recognising Excellence" (PDF). Newsletter. Calderglen High School. December 2008. p. 2. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Tattum, Colin (22 January 2011). "Fraser Kerr wants more of the same after stepping up at Birmingham City". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Academy sign up future stars". Birmingham City F.C. 14 July 2009. Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Blues' Far East hat-trick". Birmingham City F.C. 24 July 2010. Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Thomson, Paul (12 January 2011). "Fraser signs pro deal with Birmingham". East Kilbride News. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Birmingham 3–2 Coventry". BBC Sport. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cork City 0 Blues 1". Birmingham City F.C. 16 July 2011. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2011/12: Birmingham City FC Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2011/12: Birmingham–Nacional". UEFA. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "TV: Kerr signs for six months". Motherwell F.C. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Ralston, Gary (3 July 2012). "Motherwell skipper Keith Lasley: We've as much chance of winning Champions League as SPL". Daily Record. Glasgow. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Barnes, John (18 August 2012). "Kilmarnock 1–2 Motherwell". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Kerr stay extended". Birmingham City F.C. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Walker, Andy (25 April 2013). "Youngsters offered new deals". Birmingham City F.C. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "TV: Kerr pens extended deal". Motherwell F.C. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "TV: Bilel Mohsni, Lee Erwin and Fraser Kerr sent off after play-off brawl". STV Sport. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  19. ^ "Motherwell offer new deals to Ainsworth, Erwin & Sutton". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  20. ^ "Kerr joins Cowdenbeath". www.spfl.co.uk. Scottish Professional Football League. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  21. ^ McMenemy, Iain (22 June 2016). "Player Update - updated 22nd June". Stenhousemuir FC. Retrieved 22 June 2016. 
  22. ^ McMenemy, Iain (27 May 2017). "Marsh signs back on". Stenhousemuir FC. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  23. ^ "Profiles: Fraser Kerr: U16 Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Profiles: Fraser Kerr: U17 Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Men's U-17: Finland v Scotland". Scottish Football Association. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  26. ^ "Profiles: Fraser Kerr: U19 Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  27. ^ "International round-up". Motherwell F.C. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  28. ^ "Profiles: Fraser Kerr: U21 Squad Matches". Scottish Football Association. Retrieved 6 February 2013. 
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Fraser Kerr in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  30. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2012/13: Motherwell FC: Squad". UEFA. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Fraser Kerr in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  32. ^ "UEFA Europa League: Fraser Kerr". UEFA. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  33. ^ "Games played by Fraser Kerr in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

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