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Stephen David "Steve" Kirk (born 3 January 1961) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played for East Fife, Stoke City, Partick Thistle, Motherwell, Falkirk, Raith Rovers and Arbroath.[2]

Steve Kirk
Personal information
Full name Stephen David Kirk[1]
Date of birth (1963-01-03) 3 January 1963 (age 56)[2]
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland[2]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1980 East Fife 25 (2)
1981–1982 Stoke City 12 (0)
1982 Partick Thistle 0 (0)
1982–1986 East Fife 135 (35)
1986–1995 Motherwell 301 (63)
1995–1996 Falkirk 31 (9)
1996–1998 Raith Rovers 36 (2)
1998–1999 East Fife 55 (10)
2000–2004 Arbroath 2 (0)
Teams managed
1998–1999 East Fife
2003–2004 Arbroath
2004–2006 Dundonald Bluebell
2006–2009 Lochgelly Albert
2009–2011 Glenrothes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Playing careerEdit

Born in Kirkcaldy, Kirk began his career with Fife side East Fife in 1979 and made 25 appearances for the Methil side before moving to English First Division side Stoke City for £10,000 in 1981. He made just twelve appearances for Stoke during the 1981–82 season and after failing to hold down a place in the first team he was released from his contract.[2] He returned to Scotland to play for Partick Thistle. Kirk returned to Bayview in 1982 and stayed for four years, scoring 35 times in 135 appearances and famously helping the Fifers beat Hibs in a memorable Scottish Cup third round replay in 1984, the same season East Fife clinched promotion from Division Two. In 1986, Kirk began a nine-year association with Motherwell, which saw him play over 300 league games and score the winner in the 1991 Scottish Cup final. After leaving Fir Park in 1995, Kirk had spells with Falkirk and Raith Rovers before returning first club in East Fife in 1998, eventually becoming player/manager. Kirk's managerial role lasted some fifteen months before his departure in late 1999. Kirk's last senior club was Arbroath, whom he joined in late 2000, becoming player-manager in December 2003 and leaving the following August. From here, Kirk became player/manager at Dundonald Bluebell, adopting a similar position at Lochgelly Albert in September 2006. Kirk was appointed manager of Glenrothes Juniors on 30 June 2009.

Career statisticsEdit

Source:[3]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1981–82 First Division 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Career Total 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Steve Kirk". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  3. ^ Steve Kirk at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)

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