Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Player Profile: Kenny Deuchar

Kenny Deuchar

Position: Forward
Date of Birth: June 8, 1980 (27)
Place of Birth: Stirling, Scotland
Height: 6 ft 3 in
Weight: 200
Previous Clubs: St. Johnstone, Northampton, Gretna, East Fife, Falkirk
National Team Exp: none
Jersey Number: #16
Current Status: Senior Roster (International)
How Acquired: Free transfer

Personal summary: Born in Stirling. Is a licensed doctor. Nicknamed by Jeff Stelling host of Sky Sports Soccer Saturday as “The Good Doctor”.

Professional summary/highlights: Started his career with Falkirk. Then transferred to East Fife and led them to a promotion. At the same time he became a doctor. In 2004, transferred to Gretna in the 3rd division. Led them to promotion to 2nd division and in 2007 to the Scottish Premiere league. Garth Lagerway signed him almost immediately after watching him play against SPL juggernaut Rangers in a game in which he scored 2 goals.


Youtube/video links: St. Johnston –vs- Dunfermline 2007

Other links: MLS Player profile: Kenny Deuchar/MLSnet, Wikipedia Page: Kenny Deuchar/Wiki, Transfer announcement, Deuchar on Bill Riley show (courtesy of AYL)

Keepin It Real Expectations for 2008: Deuchar is almost a lock to start because of his proven experience and his physical presence. As he told Garth Lagerway, he just “scores goals”. Because of his work permit issues which held him out during two weeks of final practice before the season opener, it is unclear whether he will play or start for the first match against the Fire. When he does get in the lineup, let’s hope he can notch 10 goals or more for the season. I believe this is a real possibility.

Fans Scorecard Ratings: Deuchar rating

Interesting Fact/tidbits/quote: In 2005, tied a Scottish record of 6 hat tricks in a single season. In 2006, scored 11 goals in a friendly match against Threave Rovers (18-0 score). Part owner of a restaurant called the Wheelhouse. Ian Joy, who is also of Scottish descent, had a hand in recruiting Deuchar. Before signing, Deuchar talked to Joy on the phone to get his impression of the club. Deuchar is a Napolean Dynamite fan. Apparently his last year or so at Gretna was not a good experience as seen from his profile:
Happiest When: “not being moaned at!!! and scoring goals!!! On loan away from Gretna!!!”