Mark Kerr (footballer)

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Mark Kerr
Personal information
Date of birth (1982-03-02) 2 March 1982 (age 36)
Place of birth Coatbridge, Scotland
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ayr United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Falkirk 107 (8)
2003–2008 Dundee United 164 (2)
2008–2010 Aberdeen 69 (1)
2010–2011 Asteras Tripolis 11 (0)
2012 Dunfermline Athletic 13 (0)
2012–2013 Dundee 8 (0)
2013–2014 Partick Thistle 0 (0)
2014 Queen of the South 23 (1)
2015–2018 Falkirk 98 (2)
2018– Ayr United 14 (0)
National team
2005 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Mark Kerr (born 2 March 1982) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Ayr United. Kerr started his career with Falkirk in 1998, and later played for Dundee United and Aberdeen before joining Asteras Tripoli in Greece. Returning to Scotland, Kerr played for Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee, Partick Thistle and Queen of the South before rejoining Falkirk in 2015. He made one appearance for the Scotland B team in 2005.Was a Championship Manager legend.

Club career[edit]

Falkirk[edit]

Kerr began his career with Falkirk, where he played from 1998 until 2003. He had joined Falkirk from Moodiesburn Boys Club as a sixteen-year-old, and progressed through the Youth Development scheme at Brockville, so was already well known to then-manager Ian McCall and his management team. McCall had been keeping tabs on the Scotland Under-21 player since he himself left Falkirk.

Kerr made his Falkirk debut towards the end of the 1998–99 season at the age of 17 against Clydebank. The following season, he turned out seven times and scored his first goal in a 3–3 draw at Ayr United. For the next three seasons, he hardly missed a game for Falkirk and by the time he left, he had accumulated 125 appearances and scored nine times.

Dundee United[edit]

In July 2003, he moved to Dundee United on a Bosman transfer.[1] Kerr soon settled at Tannadice and became a regular in the side, and by the end of his first season, he had racked up 33 League and two cup appearances. His tenacity in midfield was a feature of the latter part of the campaign in which United finished strongly to take fifth place.

Commencing the season 2004–05 in the starting eleven, Kerr suffered a dip in form and only appeared another four times before making his way back into the first team at the turn of the year. He went on to miss only one more match throughout the rest of the season, and became a vital part of the midfield as Gordon Chisholm became manager. His two goals in that term came in the Cup competitions, one in the 3–0 CIS Cup win over Stranraer at Tannadice and the other in the thrilling 4–3 Scottish Cup tie against Gretna. Kerr played in the majority of matches in every season but was responsible for a horrendous backpass in the League Cup Final of 2008. United were minutes away from lifting the trophy, the backpass forcing the game into extra time and a penalty shoot out, which United lost. Kerr chose to leave when his contract expired at the end of June 2008 and moved to Aberdeen F.C.[2]

Aberdeen[edit]

In July 2008, it was reported that Kerr was on the verge of a move to New Firm rivals Aberdeen,[3] and he subsequently moved to Pittodrie on a Bosman transfer, taking over the number 8 shirt vacated by Barry Nicholson. Kerr was made Aberdeen club captain from the start of season 2009–10.[4] He scored once for Aberdeen, his goal coming in a 2–1 loss at home to Kilmarnock on 5 May 2010.[5]

Greece and return to Scotland[edit]

Kerr agreed to join Greek side Asteras Tripolis; the move was announced on 6 June 2010.[6] Asteras finished 13th in the 2010–11 Greek Superleague.[7] Kerr played his final match for the club in September 2011.[7]

In January 2012, Kerr signed for Dunfermline Athletic until the end of the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season.[7] Kerr made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against Kilmarnock on 7 February 2012. However, Dunfermline were relegated at the end of the season and Kerr left the club[8] despite manager being offered a new contract by Jim Jefferies[9]

Dundee[edit]

After trial spells with Hibernian and Carlisle United, Kerr signed for Dundee, Dundee United's rival.[8] Previously, Kerr was on the verge of joining St Johnstone, after the club signed Steve MacLean, the duo having played together during their time at Aberdeen in 2010 while MacLean was on loan.[10] However, the move collapsed despite Kerr having a medical. He was 'frustrated' with the inability to complete the deal.[11] After the move, Kerr said he didn't know why his move to St Johnstone collapsed.[11] On 15 September 2012, Kerr made his debut, playing in defensive midfield, in a 2–1 loss against Motherwell.

Partick Thistle[edit]

Kerr began pre season training with the Partick Thistle team. On 13 July 2013, Kerr scored a goal from 35 yards in a pre-season friendly against Dumbarton at the Bet Butler Stadium in a 4-3 win. He was released on 30 January 2014.[12][13]

Queen of the South[edit]

Kerr signed for Queen of the South on 7 February 2014, having been released by Partick Thistle.[14] On 30 December 2014 Kerr left the Dumfries club by mutual consent.[15]

Falkirk (second spell)[edit]

Kerr signed for the Falkirk for a second spell on 3 January 2015.[16] Although agreeing a new one-year contract in May 2017,[17] Kerr was released by the club in January 2018 after the side's poor results in the first half of the 2017–18 season.[18]

Ayr United[edit]

Shortly after leaving Falkirk, Kerr signed for Scottish League One club Ayr United[19] linking up with former manager McCall for the third time. At the end of the season Kerr celebrated promotion with Ayr as league champions. Shortly after he signed a new contract for another season.

International career[edit]

Kerr made an appearance for the Scotland B team in December 2005, coming on as a substitute against Poland in the Future Cup 2005 competition.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 January 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Falkirk 1998–99[20] Scottish First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1999-00[21] 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
2000–01[22] 32 2 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 37 2
2001–02[23] 30 3 1 0 2 0 2[a] 1 35 4
2002–03[24] 36 2 4 0 3 0 3[a] 0 43 2
Total 107 8 7 0 7 0 6 1 127 9
Dundee United 2003–04[25] Scottish Premier League 33 1 0 0 2 0 35 1
2004–05[26] 30 0 5 1 2 1 37 2
2005–06[27] 35 1 1 0 0 0 2[b] 1 38 2
2006–07[28] 36 0 2 0 2 0 40 0
2007–08[29] 30 0 3 0 5 0 38 0
Total 164 2 11 1 11 1 2 1 188 5
Aberdeen 2008–09[30] Scottish Premier League 32 0 4 0 2 0 38 0
2009–10[31] 37 1 3 0 1 0 2[c] 0 43 1
Total 69 1 7 0 3 0 2 0 81 1
Asteras Tripoli 2010–11[32] Superleague Greece 9 0 1 0 10 0
2011–12[33] 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 11 0 1 0 12 0
Dunfermline Athletic 2011–12[33] Scottish Premier League 13 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Dundee 2012–13[34] Scottish Premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Partick Thistle 2013–14[35] Scottish Premiership 0 0 1 0 3 0 4 0
Queen of the South 2013–14[35] Scottish Championship 11 0 0 0 0 0 2[d] 0 13 0
2014–15[36] 12 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 1
Total 23 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 26 1
Falkirk 2014–15[36] Scottish Championship 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2015–16[37] 35 2 1 0 2 0 4[e] 0 42 2
2016–17[38] 30 0 1 0 4 0 4[f] 0 39 0
2017–18[39] 15 0 0 0 5 0 2[a] 0 22 0
Total 98 2 2 0 11 0 10 0 121 2
Ayr United 2017–18[39] Scottish League One 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2018-18 Scottish Championship 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 493 14 30 1 35 1 22 2 580 18
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in the Europa League
  4. ^ Appearances in the Premiership play-offs
  5. ^ One appearance in the Scottish Challenge Cup and three in the Premiership play-offs
  6. ^ Two appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup and two in the Premiership play-offs

Honours[edit]

Falkirk
2002–03
Dundee United
2004–05
2007–08

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dundee Utd land Kerr". BBC Sport. 1 July 2003. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  2. ^ "Kerr can go as Levein's hunt for striker hots up". The Courier. Archived from the original on 9 June 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Kerr poised for Pittodrie switch". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Kerr completes Pittodrie switch". BBC Sport. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Aberdeen 1 – 2 Kilmarnock". BBC. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dons skipper Kerr moves to Greece". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c "Mark Kerr will join Dunfermline on a short-term deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Dundee beat St Johnstone to midfielder Mark Kerr's signature". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jefferies facing Kerr fight". Sky Sports. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "St Johnstone sign Steven MacLean & hope to add Mark Kerr". BBC Sport. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "'I don't know what happened' — Dundee new boy Mark Kerr in dark about collapse of Saints deal". The Courier. 14 September 2012. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 June 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/new_newsview.aspx?newsid=2185
  15. ^ http://www.qosfc.com/new_newsview.aspx?newsid=2628
  16. ^ http://www.falkirkfc.co.uk/?p=9173#sthash.mp2TlY7G.dpbs
  17. ^ Temple, Alan (24 May 2017). "Peter Houston delight as Mark Kerr, Tom Taiwo & Paul Watson sign new Falkirk deals, while Luke Leahy says emotional farewell". Capital City Press. Deadline News. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  18. ^ "Mark Kerr departs". Falkirk FC. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  19. ^ "McCall adds auld acquaintance". Ayr United FC. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2018. 
  20. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 1998/1999". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  21. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 1999/2000". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  22. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2000/2001". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2001/2002". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  24. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  25. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  30. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  31. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  32. ^ Mark Kerr at Soccerway. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  33. ^ a b "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  34. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  35. ^ a b "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  37. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  38. ^ "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 
  39. ^ a b "Games played by Mark Kerr in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 November 2017. 

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