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Keith Furphy
Personal information
Date of birth July 30, 1958 (1958-07-30) (age 51)
Place of birth    Stockton, England
Playing position Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1977-1978
1978-1979
1980-1981
1981-1985
1983
1985-1986
1986
1986-1988
1988
1988-1989
1992
Wealdstone
Detroit Express
Atlanta Chiefs
Cleveland Force (indoor)
Detroit Express
Kansas City Comets (indoor)
Tacoma Stars (indoor)
Baltimore Blast (indoor)
Plymouth Argyle
Bath City
Detroit Rockers (indoor)

065 0(26)
057 0(17)
188 (185)

029 0(22)
018 0(11)
094 0(52)
006 00(1)
000 00(0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Keith Furphy is a retired English-American professional football (soccer) forward who spent most of his career in the United States. He played four seasons in the North American Soccer League, seven in the Major Indoor Soccer League and one each in the American Soccer League and National Professional Soccer League. He is the son of Ken Furphy, a retired English footballer and coach.

In 1978, Furphy moved to the United States where he signed with the Detroit Express of the North American Soccer League. At the time the Express were coached by his father. On May 3, 1980, the Express sent Furphy to the Atlanta Chiefs for cash and the Chiefs' first round pick in the 1981 NASL Draft. The Express made the move as a result of fan dissatisfaction with Furphy playing for his father in Detroit.[1] He spent two seasons with the Chiefs. In the fall of 1981, he signed with the Cleveland Force of the Major Indoor Soccer League and immediately established himself as a high scoring indoor soccer striker. On July 2, 1983, Furphy signed with the Detroit Express, now playing in the second division American Soccer League. He scored two goals in his debut the next day.[2] He returned to the Force in the fall and played with them through the 1984-1985 season. However, tensions between him and coach Timo Liekoski came to a head that year and Furphy demanded to be traded. On October 24, 1985, the Force sent Furphy to the Kansas City Comets in exchange for the Comets' next three first round draft choices.[3] Furphy began the season with Kansas City, but was traded to the Tacoma Stars in exchange for Dale Mitchell on February 6, 1986. By this time, Furphy had become a naturalized U.S. citizen.[4] Furphy finished the season in Tacoma, but was released by the team at the end of the season and signed with the Baltimore Blast.[5] In 1988, Furphy returned to England to sign with Plymouth Argyle for the remainder of the 1987-1988 season. He played six games, scoring one goal. In the fall of 1988, he signed with Bath City and played one game, a 2-0 victory over Merthyr Tydfil in a November 1988 Westgate Insurance Cup game.[6] On February 22, 1992, the Detroit Rockers of the National Professional Soccer League signed Furphy to a ten day contract.[7]

References

  1. ^ Furphy shipped to Chiefs
  2. ^ FURPHY SCORES BOTH GOALS NEW FORWARD MOTIVATES EXPRESS, 2-0 Detroit Free Press (MI) - Sunday, July 3, 1983
  3. ^ WOLSTEIN INSISTS HE GOT TOP VALUE FOR FURPHY Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - Thursday, October 24, 1985
  4. ^ STARS DEAL MITCHELL TO KC, LAND FURPHY Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Friday, February 7, 1986
  5. ^ 1986 MISL PREVIEW San Diego Union, The (CA) - Wednesday, November 12, 1986
  6. ^ Bath City F.C. Past Players
  7. ^ February 22, 1992 Transactions

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