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Kevin William Gallacher (born 23 November 1966) is a Scottish professional football player and pundit. Gallacher played as a striker from 1983 until 2002, notably in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers where he was part of the title winning side in 1994/95.
|Full name||Kevin William Gallacher|
|Date of birth||23 November 1966|
|Place of birth||Clydebank, Scotland|
|Playing position||Winger/ Striker|
|2001–2002||Preston North End||5||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Gallacher started his career in his native land with Dundee United and went on to also play in the English top flight for Coventry City and Newcastle United, as well as in the Football League for Preston North End, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town. He made 53 appearances for Scotland, scoring 9 goals.
Gallacher started his Scottish League career with Dundee United, where he spent seven years as part of a successful team under the guidance of Jim McLean. He made his first team debut in December 1985 aged 19 years old in a UEFA Cup tie against Neuchâtel Xamax and three days later played against Rangers at Ibrox. He soon established himself in the side with his fast and penetrating wing play. He helped United reach the 1987 UEFA Cup Final, scoring against Barcelona in the quarter-finals en route. United, however, lost on aggregate to IFK Göteborg. The following year Gallacher scored Dundee United's goal in the 1988 Scottish Cup Final, in the 2–1 defeat by Celtic. A week later he made his full international debut for Scotland against Colombia.
Gallacher moved to Coventry City in January 1990 for a transfer fee of £950,000 and became a fans favourite for three years. Having played for most of his career to date as a winger, Gallacher was used as a striker for most of his time at Highfield Road, and was the club's top scorer in seasons 1990–91 and 1991–92.
He then joined Blackburn Rovers in March 1993 for £1.5 million, as they looked to fill the gap up front left by the long-term injury absence of Alan Shearer. He made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut in a 4-1 win over Liverpool. However, two broken legs (the second sustained in his first game after the original injury) the following season restricted him to just one Premier League game in 1994–95 when Blackburn won the FA Premier League. He did score in that game, against Crystal Palace, when he scored a crucial goal in a 2–1 win.
Gallacher returned to full effectiveness in 1996–97, however, scoring 10 goals to help avoid a relegation scare. In 1997–98 he formed a potent partnership with Chris Sutton, scoring 16 goals himself as Blackburn finished 6th. However, injuries and inconsistencies meant he missed much of 1998–99, although he was the team's top goalscorer with 5 goals. Despite this, they were relegated just 4 seasons after winning the title.
He moved on to Newcastle United after Blackburn's relegation to become Bobby Robson's first signing. He was mostly used as a right winger, a role he adapted to superbly, and despite a lack of goals, was fairly popular with the Newcastle fans for his work rate.
Spells at Preston North End (where he scored twice against Kidderminster Harriers and Sheffield United), Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town followed before hanging up his boots in 2002, ending a career which had seen him score a total of 106 goals in 430 games in the English and Scottish leagues.
Gallacher won 53 caps for Scotland. He represented Scotland at Euro 92, Euro 96, and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He scored 9 goals for his country. His most famous goals for his Country was a double against Austria at Celtic Park.
Gallacher has worked as a co-commentator and studio analyst for BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports, Setanta Sports, BBC Scotland and Channel 5. In addition to this he is also a columnist in the Lancashire Telegraph. In 2010, he started working for ITV, commentating on FA Cup games. He has recently received critical acclaim for his book, Tartan Turmoil: The Fall & Rise of Scottish Football, a semi-autobiographical look at the problems faced by Scottish football.
He is the grandson of the late Celtic forward Patsy Gallacher, who died before he was born. His uncles Willie and Tommy and cousin Brian were also footballers. The Gallachers are also related to another footballing branch of the family, John Divers and his son of the same name who both played for Celtic.
He married Aileen Binnie in 1987.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1985–86||Dundee United||Premier Division||20||3||3||0||-||1||0||24||3|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1989–90||Coventry City||First Division||15||3||0||0||2||0||-||17||3|
|Blackburn Rovers||Premier League||9||5||-||-||-||9||5|
|Newcastle United||Premier League||20||2||5||1||-||-||25||3|
|2002–03||Huddersfield Town||Second Division||7||0||-||1||0||-||8||0|
|Scotland national team|
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1||19 May 1993||Kadrioru Stadium, Tallinn||Estonia||1–0||3–0||1994 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||13 October 1993||Stadio Olimpico, Rome||Italy||1–2||1–3|
|3||2 April 1997||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Austria||1–0||2–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||30 April 1997||Ullevi Stadion, Gothenburg||Sweden||1–2||1–2|
|6||7 September 1997||Pittodrie, Aberdeen||Belarus||1–0||4–1|
|8||11 October 1997||Celtic Park, Glasgow||Latvia||1–0||2–0|
|9||11 October 2000||Maksimir Stadion, Zagreb||Croatia||1–1||1–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
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