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Kirk Broadfoot
Personal information
Full name Kirk Broadfoot
Date of birth 8 August 1984 (1984-08-08) (age 25)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Rangers
Number 21
Youth career
2000–2002 Hibernian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 St. Mirren 154 (13)
2007– Rangers 49 (1)
National team
2006 Scotland U21 5 (0)
2006–2007 Scotland B 3 (0)
2008– Scotland 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 January 2010

Kirk Broadfoot (born 8 August 1984 in Irvine, North Ayrshire) is a Scottish professional association football player who plays for Scottish Premier League club Rangers. He has played mainly as a centre back during his career but has been playing regularly as a right back and sometimes as a left back. Broadfoot made his debut for the Scotland national team on 10 September 2008 against Iceland, a game in which he scored.

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Early life

Broadfoot was brought up in the Ayrshire village of Drongan. He formerly played at boys club level for Coyle Thistle, Ayr Valspar[1], Auchinleck Talbot and Queen of the South.[2]

Club career

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St Mirren

Broadfoot initially signed for Scottish Premier League side Hibernian as a sixteen year old apprentice, but he was released and signed for St Mirren on 1 July 2002.[3][4] He went on to make 174 appearances for the club and was team captain for the 2006–07 season, replacing team-mate Kevin McGowne. Broadfoot was part of the St Mirren side which gained promotion to the Scottish Premier League for the 2006–07 season, and the team that won the 2005 Scottish Challenge Cup Final in November 2005.[5]

Rangers

In March 2007, Broadfoot signed a pre-contract agreement to sign for Rangers in the summer.[6] Broadfoot officially joined Rangers on 1 July that year. He made his Rangers debut against FK Zeta in a UEFA Champions League qualifier, on 31 July 2007[7] and scored his first Rangers goal in a 7–2 victory against Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League.[8]

After making an appearance in the Scottish Cup against Hibernian early in 2008, he made only his second league start against Falkirk during a 2–0 win on 9 February and Rangers gave him the Man of the Match award.[9] Following that, he was a regular in the side during the 2008–09 season. Broadfoot played in the 2008 Scottish League Cup Final helping Rangers to a 3–2 penalty shootout win at Hampden Park against Dundee United. He also played a significant role in Rangers' run to the 2008 UEFA Cup Final, but had to settle for a runners up medal as the side lost 2–0 to Russian outfit Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Broadfoot was dropped, however, for the 2008 Scottish Cup Final against Queen of the South. He has played regularly for Rangers in the 2008–09 season, and made his international debut early in the season. He was sent off in the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final for a professional foul on Aiden McGeady, who converted the resulting penalty kick to give Celtic a 2–0 victory. During that match Broadfoot was playing with a foot injury which ended his season after starting 28 league matches during the campaign. The extent of the foot injury meant Broadfoot was not fully fit to play until November 2009 in a closed doors match.[10]

Broadfoot made his return to the Rangers first team on 12 December 2009, nearly nine months after his last game, in a league match at Ibrox. He started in the 3-0 victory over St. Johnstone.[11]

International career

In November 2006, Broadfoot was called up to the Scotland B squad and played in the 0–0 draw with Republic of Ireland B.[12] He made his second B team appearance in a 1–1 draw, also against the Republic of Ireland a year later.[13] He has also won Scotland under–21 international caps. In September 2008, Broadfoot was called up to the Scotland senior squad to replace David Weir.[14] Broadfoot made his debut for the senior side on 10 September 2008 against Iceland, and he scored the opening goal in a 2–1 Scotland win.[15] Broadfoot retained his place for Scotland's next two matches, a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Norway, and a friendly match against Diego Maradona's Argentina side.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 10 September 2008 Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 1–0 2–1 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying

Career statistics

As of 20 December 2009.
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other[16] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St Mirren 2002–03 23 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 25 1
2003–04 31 3 1 0 1 0 2 0 36 3
2004–05 36 4 3 0 1 0 1 0 41 4
2005–06 27 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 33 2
2006–07 37 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 40 3
Total 154 13 6 0 7 0 7 0 174 13
Rangers 2007–08 15 1 5 0 2 0 12 0 34 1
2008–09 27 0 1 0 4 0 2[17] 0 34 0
2009–10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 45 1 6 0 6 0 14 0 71 1
Career total 199 14 12 0 13 0 21 0 245 14

Honours

St Mirren

2006
2005

Rangers

2009
2008

Personal life

Broadfoot was convicted of assault in December 2004 and was sentenced to twelve months probation, two hundred hours of community service and ordered to pay £750 in compensation. This was the result of an incident that took place at an amateur football match in Drongan, East Ayrshire, where Broadfoot grew up.[18]

In May 2009, Broadfoot was injured by an egg he was poaching. After opening his microwave door the egg burst, the hot liquid inside scalding his cheek.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Valspar Boys Club hail Kirk Broadfoot's call-up" Ayrshire Post. 12 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Girl power backing for Kirk Broadfoot" Ayrshire Post. 19 September 2008.
  3. ^ "Football Transfers". BBC Sport. 31 August 2002. http://66.102.9.132/search?q=cache:StPJHl_YmSEJ:news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/896023.stm+site:news.bbc.co.uk+kirk+broadfoot+HIBERNIAN+BBC&cd=27&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk. 
  4. ^ Scottish Football League (October 2004). The Bell's Scottish Football Review 2004/05. CRE8. ISBN 0-9548556-0-4. 
  5. ^ "St Mirren 2–1 Hamilton Accies". BBC Sport. 6 November 2005. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_cups/4403942.stm. 
  6. ^ "Rangers sign Buddies' Broadfoot". BBC Sport. 6 March 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/s/st_mirren/6415587.stm. 
  7. ^ "Rangers 2–0 FK Zeta". BBC Sport. 31 July 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/europe/6922795.stm. 
  8. ^ "Rangers 7–2 Falkirk". BBC Sport. 18 August 2007. http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/scot_prem/6949202.stm. 
  9. ^ "Rangers 2-0 Falkirk" BBC Sport. 9 February 2008.
  10. ^ "Broadfoot injury blow for Rangers" BBC Sport. 21 May 2009.
  11. ^ "Rangers 3-0 St Johnstone" BBC Sport. 12 December 2009.
  12. ^ "Rep of Ireland B 0–0 Scotland B". BBC Sport. 14 November 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/internationals/6149066.stm. 
  13. ^ "Scotland B 1–1 Rep of Ireland B". BBC Sport. 20 November 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/internationals/7100835.stm. 
  14. ^ "Broadfoot 'duped' by Scots call" BBC Sport. 3 September 2008.
  15. ^ "Iceland 1–2 Scotland" BBC Sport. 10 September 2008.
  16. ^ Includes European and Scottish Challenge Cup matches
  17. ^ Total includes both matches versus FBK Kaunas. Broadfoot started both legs per the BBC match reports (1st leg)(2nd leg), but it is not recorded by soccerbase (1st leg); (2nd leg).
  18. ^ "Kirk's enterprise knows no bounds". Scotland on Sunday. 29 April 2007. http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/scotland-on-sunday-edinburgh/mi_7924/is_2007_April_29/kirks-enterprise-bounds-broadfoot-committed/ai_n34631883/. 
  19. ^ "Gers star hurt by exploding egg". BBC News. 15 May 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8051673.stm. Retrieved 2009-05-15. 

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