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Liam Buchanan (born 27 March 1985) is a Scottish professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Raith Rovers. A product of the Hearts youth system, Buchanan made his breakthrough at Cowdenbeath. Having spent five years at the Fife club, he joined Scottish Football League First Division side Partick Thistle and subsequently Dunfermline Athletic. After spells in the lower divisions of Scottish football, Buchanan then joined Scottish League One side East Fife. After a successful time in Methil, he moved to Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic in July 2014 before signing with Livingston a year later.

Liam Buchanan
Personal information
Full name Liam Buchanan
Date of birth (1985-03-27) 27 March 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Raith Rovers
Youth career
2002 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Cowdenbeath 127 (52)
2007–2011 Partick Thistle 84 (30)
2011–2012 Dunfermline Athletic 44 (10)
2012 Sligo Rovers 10 (2)
2012–2013 Airdrie United 6 (0)
2013 Ayr United 14 (6)
2013–2014 East Fife 35 (11)
2014–2015 Alloa Athletic 33 (14)
2015–2017 Livingston 71 (33)
2017– Raith Rovers 67 (21)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:03, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

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CareerEdit

Born in Edinburgh, Buchanan made his breakthrough in football at Cowdenbeath, progressing through their youth system to play in the first team. Buchanan was prolific for the Central Park club, finishing top goalscorer in seasons 2005–06 and 2006–07.

Buchanan then signed for Partick Thistle at the start of the 2007–08 season. Buchanan was the Firhill club's top scorer that season, despite suffering a long-term injury early in 2008 and being out until October that same year, when he played in his return match against Airdrie United. Buchanan predominantly played in the number 9 shirt and was thought to be the next big prospect at the club. Buchanan notched 14 goals in that first season, from 27 starts and three substitute appearances.

In January 2011, Buchanan signed for Dunfermline Athletic.[1] Buchanan helped the club win the 2010–11 Scottish First Division that gained promotion to the Scottish Premier League. The club finished bottom of the table in the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season and were automatically relegated into the Scottish Football League First Division.

In August 2012, it was confirmed that Buchanan had rejected a new contract with Dunfermline and signed for Sligo Rovers.[2][3] On 7 December 2012, Buchanan signed for Airdrie United.[4] Buchanan left Airdrie on 10 January 2013 and then signed for Ayr United until the end of the 2012–13 season. [5]

On 26 July 2013, Buchanan signed for East Fife.[6] After one season there, he signed for Alloa.[7] Buchanan then spent two seasons with Livingston, where the club were relegated and subsequently promoted the next season to the Scottish Championship. Buchanan, however, remained in Scottish League One, signing for recently relegated club Raith Rovers on 9 June 2017.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 4 November 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cowdenbeath 2002–03[9] Scottish Second Division 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
2003–04[10] Scottish Third Division 22 6 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 25 6
2004–05[11] 28 7 1 1 1 0 2[a] 0 32 8
2005–06[12] 31 17 1 0 0 0 1[a] 0 33 17
2006–07[13] Scottish Second Division 36 20 3 2 2 1 2[a] 0 43 23
Total 127 52 8 3 4 1 6 0 145 56
Partick Thistle 2007–08[14] Scottish First Division 22 11 4 3 3 0 1[a] 0 30 14
2008–09[15] 19 6 2 1 0 0 1[a] 0 22 7
2009–10[16] 26 10 1 0 2 0 2[a] 0 31 10
2010–11[17] 17 3 3 1 2 0 4[a] 1 26 5
Total 84 30 10 5 7 0 8 1 109 36
Dunfermline Athletic 2010–11[17] Scottish First Division 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 4
2011–12[18] Premier League 27 5 2 0 2 1 0 0 31 6
Total 43 9 2 0 2 1 0 0 47 10
Sligo Rovers 2012 Irish Premier Division 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2
Airdrie United 2012–13[19] Scottish First Division 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Ayr United 2012–13 Scottish Second Division 14 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 6
East Fife 2013–14[20] League One 35 11 1 0 1 2 5[b] 1 42 14
Alloa Athletic 2014–15[21] Championship 33 14 3 2 2 0 9[c] 1 47 17
Livingston 2015–16[22] Championship 35 11 2 0 3 1 5[d] 2 45 14
2016–17[23] League One 36 22 2 0 3 1 4[a] 4 45 27
Total 71 33 4 0 6 2 9 6 90 41
Raith Rovers 2017–18[24] League One 11 3 0 0 4 3 1[a] 1 16 7
Career statistics 434 160 28 10 26 9 38 8 526 189
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup
  2. ^ One appearance and a goal in the Scottish Challenge Cup; four appearances in the League One play-offs
  3. ^ Five appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup; four appearances and a goal in the Championship play-offs
  4. ^ Three appearances in the Scottish Challenge Cup; two appearances and two goals in the Championship play-offs

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dunfermline sign Liam Buchanan from Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 20 January 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Buchanan signs for Sligo Rovers". Sligo Rovers F.C. 14 August 2012. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Champions League chance lures Buchanan to Ireland". The Herald. Herald & Times Group. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Airdrie Utd v Falkirk preview: Buchanan poised for Diamonds bow". Sport.stv.tv. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Ayr United FC - Daily Record". Ayrshirepost.net. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Buchanan joins Alloa - Scottish Professional Football League". Spfl.co.uk. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Triple Signing Coup for Smith". Raith Rovers FC. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  18. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  21. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Games played by Liam Buchanan in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  25. ^ a b Liam Buchanan at Soccerway
  26. ^ "Livingston 2–1 Alloa Athletic". Livingston F.C. 8 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  27. ^ "Buchanan named top young player". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 19 January 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  28. ^ "Division Two team of year". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 April 2007. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  29. ^ "SPFL Awards". spfl.co.uk. Scottish Professional Football League. Retrieved 19 November 2016.

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