Kevin Rutkiewicz

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Kevin Rutkiewicz
Personal information
Full name Kevin Rutkiewicz
Date of birth (1980-05-10) 10 May 1980 (age 37)
Place of birth Royston, Glasgow, Scotland
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Annan Athletic (player/assistant manager)
Youth career
Larkhall Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Aberdeen 53 (1)
2004–2011 St Johnstone 123 (6)
2011 Dunfermline Athletic (loan) 12 (0)
2011–2012 Dunfermline Athletic 8 (0)
2012–2013 Greenock Morton 25 (2)
2013–2014 Carolina RailHawks 4 (0)
2014–2015 East Fife 14 (0)
2015–2016 Blantyre Victoria
2016–2017 Irvine Meadow
2017 Clyde 1 (0)
2017– Annan Athletic 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:47, 10 May 2017 (UTC).

Kevin Rutkiewicz (born 10 May 1980) is a Scottish professional footballer who is currently a player and assistant manager for Annan Athletic. Ruthkiewicz, who plays as a defender, began his career with Aberdeen and has also played in the Scottish Premier League for St Johnstone.

Career[edit]

Glasgow born Rutkiewicz began his professional career with Aberdeen, making his debut in an SPL fixture against Hibernian in November 1999 at the age of nineteen. He went on to make almost seventy first-team appearances for the Pittodrie club,[1] scoring his only goal for the club in a 3-2 defeat to Hearts in April 2002.[2]

Rutkiewicz became then St Johnstone manager John Connolly's first signing for the Perth club in June 2004. He scored his first goal for Saints in a 3–0 win over Queen of the South in the league cup two months into his St Johnstone career. He signed a new two-year contract at the end of 2005–06, but missed all of 2006–07 due to an injury. In his first game back, on 11 August 2007, he scored a goal in Saints' 2–2 draw with Stirling Albion at McDiarmid Park.[3]

Rutkiewicz was made club captain in 2008–09 after the previous captain, Kevin James, suffered injury problems and dropped out of the first team. In March 2009 he received the Scottish First Division Player of the Month Award for a string of solid performances that helped the team maintain their lead at the top of the league table.[4]

In January 2011, Rutkiewicz joined Dunfermline on loan. This successful spell at the club led to him being offered a permanent contract for the 2011/12 season, which he accepted. He missed most of the season due to a hip injury. Soon after making a comeback he suffered an ankle injury.[5] He made a second comeback but then immediately suffered a third injury, which ruled him out of action for the rest of the season.[5]

After he was released by Dunfermline in May 2012, and went on trial with Greenock Morton starting in a friendly match against Concordia Chiajna and coming off the bench to replace Martin Hardie in the Renfrewshire Cup final against St Mirren.[6]

He signed for Morton towards the end of July 2012.[7] In April 2013, Rutkiewicz agreed a two-year player/coach deal with Carolina RailHawks in the North American Soccer League.[8]

In October 2015, Rutkiewicz dropped down to Junior level when he signed for Blantyre Victoria in a player/coach role.[9] He took temporary charge of Vics after the departure of Davie Greig in December 2015 but followed his former manager to Irvine Meadow in January 2016.[10][11] Rutkiewicz returned to the SPFL tier-system in March 2017, signing a short-term contract with Scottish League Two side Clyde.[12] Rutkiewicz left the club in May 2017 after his contract ended,[13] subsequently signing a deal with Annan Athletic which would see him become player-assistant manager to Peter Murphy.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Rutkiewicz is of Polish descent. His late grandfather Ernest was born in Warsaw but moved from Poland to Scotland during World War II, meaning Rutkiewicz is eligible to represent Poland at international level.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kevin Rutkiewicz". afcheritage.org. Aberdeen FC Heritage Trust. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Hearts fightback downs Dons". BBC. 12 April 2002. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "St Johnstone 2–2 Stirling Albion". BBC Sport. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "March player prize for Rutkiewicz". BBC Sport. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Kevin Rutkiewicz out for the season as jinx strikes". The Scotsman. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Tait, Chris (24 July 2012). "Ton set to sign ex-Pars man". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Kevin Rutkiewicz signs". Greenock Morton F.C. 27 July 2012. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rutkiewicz & Halsman". Greenock Morton F.C. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Blantyre Vics boss Greig beats opposition to sign experienced defender Rutkiewicz". Evening Times. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Wilson, Fraser (18 December 2015). "Greig exit spells end of hugely successful era at Blantyre Vics". Daily Record. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  11. ^ McGowan, Eric (5 January 2016). "Irvine Meadow appoint former Blantyre Vics boss David Greig as their new manager". Irvine Herald. Daily Record. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Rutkiewicz Extends Stay". Clyde FC. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  13. ^ "Players Released". Clyde FC. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  14. ^ "Peter Murphy: The quality of Annan's new former St Johnstone, Ipswich Town and Hearts man is unquestionable". News & Star. CN Group. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  15. ^ Jonathan Mitchell (13 August 2012). "Kevin's 'racism' claims". Greenock Telegraph. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pensioner chokes to death as ambulance crew finish their lunch break". Daily Mail. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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