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Kenny Deuchar
Personal information
Full name Kenneth Robert John Deuchar
Date of birth 6 July 1980 (1980-07-06) (age 29)
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club St. Johnstone
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2002 Falkirk 24 (1)
2002–2004 East Fife 66 (31)
2004–2008 Gretna 90 (63)
2007 Northampton Town (loan) 17 (3)
2007 St. Johnstone (loan) 14 (10)
2008 Real Salt Lake 29 (3)
2009 Hamilton Academical 9 (0)
2009– St. Johnstone 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:58, 5 October 2009 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Dr. Kenneth Robert John "Kenny" Deuchar (born 6 July 1980) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing as a striker for St. Johnstone. In 2005, Deuchar equalled Jimmy Greaves's British record of six league hat-tricks in a single season.[1] He is also a practicing medical doctor.[2]

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Career

Deuchar was born in Stirling and began his part-time footballing career at Falkirk, but after suffering a string of injuries, including two broken legs, he left to join East Fife. He led East Fife to promotion, whilst also working as a full time doctor, but he had the desire to pursue a full-time football career.

He was offered a place at big spending Scottish Third Division club Gretna, and signed immediately. In his first season he led Gretna to the Second Division smashing records along the way. He shattered the record for most league goals in a season of 24 with 38 goals in only 30 games. During a friendly against Threave Rovers in 2006 he managed to score eleven goals in an 18–0 thrashing.[3] He has not completely left medicine behind, as he continued to work one day a week at a Scottish hospital while at Gretna[4] and worked one day a week at Wishaw General Infirmary before his move to the U.S.[5]

Jeff Stelling, host of Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday programme, always makes reference to "The Good Doctor" having scored a goal whenever Deuchar's name appears on the vidiprinter.

During the 2006-07 season, he fell out of favour, but still managed to score 4 goals in 9 matches. On 1 December 2006, Gretna officially announced that Deuchar had requested a transfer.[6]

On 31 January 2007, he joined Northampton Town on loan until the end of the season[7] and on 24 February 2007, Deuchar scored his first goal for Northampton in their 3–0 victory over Rotherham, which was his first goal in English football.

On 30 August 2007, Deuchar joined St. Johnstone on emergency loan until 3 December 2007. During this three-month period he scored ten goals in fourteen games and helped the Saints to a Challenge Cup win, their first cup success in their history. On 3 December, he returned to Gretna and scored six goals in his eleven SPL games for the bottom club.

On 26 February 2008, Deuchar signed with Major League Soccer side Real Salt Lake. His final game with Gretna saw him score 2 goals against Rangers, but Gretna lost 4 - 2.[8 ] He made his debut for his new club as a 70th-minute substitute for Real Salt Lake in their 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire on 29 March 2008. He went on to score his first goal in a 3-1 defeat away at the hands of CD Chivas USA on the 5 April 2008. Deuchar's flick-on headers had also been essential to the team as they have created many chances and goals for Salt Lake's speedier forwards, most notably Robbie Findley.

On 19 January 2009, Deuchar joined SPL side Hamilton Academical after negotiating his release from Real Salt Lake, on a short-term contract.

On 4 June 2009, Deuchar signed for SPL newcomers St. Johnstone, eighteen months after being on loan to the club[9]

Deuchar is a company director in Town House Restaurants Ltd which owns and operates the Wheelhouse restaurant, located close to the Falkirk Wheel in Falkirk and the new Boathouse restaurant at Auchinstary basin, in Kilsyth. [10]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
1999-2000 Falkirk Division One 0 0 0 0 0 0 1[11] 0
2000-01 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2001-02 12 1 2 0 1 0 16[11] 1
2002-03 East Fife Division Three 32 21 2 0 2 2 38[11] 23
2003-04 Division Two 34 10 4 1 1 0 40[11] 11
2004-05 Gretna Division Three 36 38 2 3 1 0 41[12] 41
2005-06 Division Two 34 18 7 4 1 0 43[11] 24[11]
2006-07 Division One 8 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 12[11] 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2006-07 Northampton Football League One 17 3 0 0 0 0 17 3
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2007-08 Gretna Scottish Premier League 15 6 2 0 0 0 17 6
St Johnstone Division One 10 6 0 0 0 0 14[13] 10[12]
USA League Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2008 Real Salt Lake Major League Soccer 28 3 0 0 28 3
Scotland League Scottish Cup Scottish League Cup Europe Total
2009 Hamilton Academical Scottish Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2009-10 St Johnstone Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2
Total Scotland 202 101 19 8 6 1 2 0 231 115
England 17 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 3
USA 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 3
Career Total 247 107 19 8 6 1 2 0 286 121

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