Walsall player 158. John Kerr, Jr.


John Kerr, Jr. (born March 6, 1965) is an Canadian American retired soccer midfielder who played professionally in the United States, Canada, England, France and Northern Ireland during a much traveled and varied playing career. He is currently head coach of the Duke University men’s soccer team. Kerr was named the 1986 Hermann Awardwinner as the top collegiate player of the year. He also earned sixteen caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team.
Born in Canada, Kerr grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. The son of Scottish footballer John Kerr, Sr., Kerr, Jr. won the 1984 James P. McGuire Cup with Montgomery United and in 1986, while playing the collegiate off-season with his father’s Fairfax Spartans, he won the National Amateur Cup. Kerr played collegiately at Duke University. During his four years with the Blue Devils he was a two time first-team All-America. In 1986, he was the captain of the Duke team which won the NCAA national championship. He won the Hermann Award as the NCAA Player of the Year as a senior. In 2004, Duke University inducted Kerr into its Sports Hall of Fame.
In the spring of 1987, Kerr spent his last semester of college as an exchange student in England. While in England, he played with Isthmian League club Harrow Borough towards the end of 1986–1987 season[3]reportedly attracting the attention of several English Football League professional clubs. In June 1987, theTacoma Stars of the Major Indoor Soccer League selected Kerr in the second round of the MISL draft. He declined to sign with the Stars. In the summer of 1987, he returned to England and signed with Portsmouth (then newly promoted to the First Division) on the recommendation of Peter Osgood. Making his First Division debut for the club away at Oxford United in a 4–2 defeat on August 15, 1987. During the 1987–88 season, Kerr made a first team total of four league and two cup game appearances together with a 3-month loan spell at then Fourth Division club, Peterborough United. During one of those first team appearances for Portsmouth, Kerr was to make English Football League history when on September 19, 1987 while on the field of play as a replacement in a First Division away fixture at Watford, he became the first substitute to be likewise, substituted. The English Football League rule change that increased the number of player substitutions during a game from one to two per side having been introduced at the start of the previous 1986–87 season. Kerr made his final First Division appearance for Portsmouth as a substitute in a 4–1 away defeat to Luton Town on March 29, 1988. Following his release from Portsmouth, Kerr returned to the United States and signed with the Washington Stars of the American Soccer League (and coached at the time by his father, John Kerr.Sr) in March 1988. He remained with the Stars for three seasons, the last in the American Professional Soccer League. While playing for the Stars during the summer, Kerr returned to Europe with English club Wycombe Wanderers, then playing in the GM Vauxhall Conference League, for the 1988–89 season. Making a total of 48 appearances and scoring 22 times in league and cup games for the Buckinghamshire club on its way to finishing in fourth position behind eventual Conference champions of that season, Maidstone United. Following his involvement with the U.S. squad as it prepared for the 1990 FIFA World Cup, Kerr had spells during 1990–91 with French Third Division side Boulogne-Sur-Mer and Northern Ireland club Linfield. In 1991, he returned to Canada to play one season with the Hamilton Steelers of the Canadian Soccer League. In October 1991, Kerr signed with the San Diego Sockers of the Major Soccer League. Kerr established himself as a regular on the team which went on to win the 1992 MSL championship. Following the collapse of the MSL during the summer of 1992, Kerr briefly spent time as an assistant coach with the Duke Blue Devils men’s soccer team before returning to England, joining Isthmian League club Chertsey Town in the fall of 1992. He then moved to Football League club Millwall signing as a free agent on February 26, 1993 before temporary returning to the U.S. during the off-season summer break to continue his assistant coaching duties at Duke. Kerr went on to make a total of 40 first team appearances for Millwall in league and cup games during the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, scoring 7 goals in the process. Towards the end of his time with Millwall, he also had a short on loan period with Walsall. In May 1995, Millwall gave Kerr a free transfer to the San Diego Sockers, however, he did not play for the Sockers. On February 8, 1996, the Dallas Burn selected Kerr in the ninth round (eighty-third overall) on the1996 MLS Inaugural Player Draft. On June 27, 1996, Kerr was part of the first in-season trade in MLS history when the Burn dealt him to the New England Revolution for Zak Ibsen. He was later loaned out to the Connecticut Wolves. In 1998, Kerr was appointed player-coach with the Worcester Wildfire of the USL A-League, the following year the club was renamed the Boston Bulldogs after a change of ownership. In April 1999, Kerr returned on loan to the Revolution when several players on the team were ruled out because of injury. However, Kerr did not play during his loan period.
While at Duke, Kerr began his international career having become a naturalized U.S. citizen. He soon became a regular player on the team and saw considerable playing time until 1988. From then until 1995, he failed to earn any more caps. As a result, missing out on both U.S. FIFA World Cup squads for Italy (1990) and the USA (1994). However, that year he again played for the team. While a brief return, it was significant in that he was on the U.S. team that surprisingly reached the semi-finals, eventually being placed fourth, at the 1995 Copa America. He finished his national team career with 16 appearances and 2 goals.
Kerr began coaching while in England and continued intermittently over the years until he finally retired from playing professionally in 1997. In 1992 and 1993, he returned to Duke University serving briefly as an assistant coach under head coach John Rennie, who had coached Kerr during his college playing days as a Duke Blue Devil. In 1997, he was the junior varsity and assistant varsity coach with Wellesley High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The following year of 1998, he became player-coach of the Worcester Wildfire in the USL A-League returning again in 1999 as player-coach for the renamed Boston Bulldogs. On July 14, 1999, Harvard announced it had hired Kerr to coach its men’s soccer team. However, Kerr did not move to that position until August 27, 1999 upon the completion of the A-League season. He coached the Harvard Crimson through to the 2007 fall season, finishing with an Ivy League Conference record of 81–57–13. On December 19, 2007 Kerr was named head coach of his alma mater, Duke University of the Atlantic Coast Conference following the retirement of John Rennie. He also coaches Triangle United Gold in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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I have not found any stats regarding John  Kerr Jnr’s career. However I did find this interview wiuth him by Soccer New England . com

90 Minutes With John Kerr
Something John Kerr said at the end of our chat stuck with me, and I think it makes a pretty good introduction to a guy who has lived the soccer life from his earliest childhood right through college stardom and into a journeyman professional career, before ending up as head coach of the men’s program at Harvard.
He said of soccer, “It’s a disease you know. It’s something that I can’t get out of my life. Sometimes it’s frustrating to my wife that my relaxation time is spent watching an MLS game or watching Champion’s League on a Wednesday. Sometimes it gets in the way of other family things, but it’s in my blood and in my heart and it’s something that will never go away.”
This from a guy whose wife Tracy is the head coach of the women’s team at Providence college, whose father was a successful professional and is now head of the MLS Players Association and whose best friends are current and former national team stars.
Kerr, who is usually known as John Kerr Jr. to distinguish himself from his famous father, claims his earliest soccer memories are from infancy. “I was fortunate enough to have a father who was a professional soccer player, so I would have to say it was quite early, probably when I was in the crib. I remember when I was two or three years old, running around the house juggling a balloon in the air five or six times and thinking I was the greatest player in the world.”
He lived in Canada then, where his father was a star in the Canadian League. He says, “In Toronto hockey was the big sport, and we used to watch Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night, but soccer, because of my father’s influence, was always the number one sport in our house. I used to go watch him play all the time and hang around practice sessions. I have some great memories of his days when he played.”
Kerr Sr. had turned pro in Scotland when he was sixteen, playing for small club, Partick Thistle. When Kerr’s grandmother emigrated to Canada one summer, her son followed and quickly established himself on the soccer scene, eventually representing Canada at Senior International level. In 1968 he moved on to play with the Detroit Cougars of the old NASL (or NPSL), and then in Washington for the Darts in the early 70’s. By the time he got to New York in ’72, he was an all-star, and was recruited to play in the Mexican League for Club America, the first Scots player ever to play in Mexico. John Jr. drank in the rich soccer culture of Mexico. “That was a great experience for me, because I was seven at the time, and soccer was a huge deal down in Mexico. I would go play in the park every afternoon when I got back from school. I went to a Mexican/American school, and we would play before school, at lunchtime and again after school, so I think I got a lot of passion for the game from playing in Mexico.”
And it was south of the border that Kerr Jr. first tasted the limelight. “One of my fondest memories is of playing on the Club America Junior Team, and we used to play at half-time of Club America games. I remember one evening we were playing at half-time of a game against Cruz Azul, and there were 120,000 people in the stands. I think I was the smallest guy on the team, and the ball came across and was trickling towards goal, and I ran over and kicked it in. I thought I was the greatest player ever. I ran around like I’d just won the World Cup. That was a great memory for me.”
It turns out he’s got a lot of great memories, many of which stem from his father’s return to the States in ’74 to play with Pele in New York. “I have another great memory of a road trip with the Cosmos to Toronto where my grandmother and aunt and cousins lived. We rode up on the bus from New York with the team, and after one of the games in Toronto, Pele’ was three seats behind me and my father. You could feel this kind of electricity in the air.” “It was one of the first games he played with the Cosmos, and he invited me back to his seat. He said, ‘John come back here.’ And when I sat in the seat next to him he opened up a jewelry box and there was a medal of Pele, with his jersey engraved inside the country of Brazil with his full name, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, on one side and on the other side it had his head and just Pele’ with his signature. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. The world’s greatest soccer player gave me a medal of himself. What a great man.”
After the ’75 season the Kerr’s moved south where Kerr Sr. finished his career with the Washington Diplomats in ’76 and ’77. “And that’s basically where I grew up,” claims Kerr Jr. “I went to ten different elementary schools before I landed in DC and Virginia, but from then on I stayed in Virginia until I went to Duke in 1983.”
In the soccer hot-bed around DC, Kerr Jr. began to really shine and fell in with another future American star. “When I was thirteen or fourteen I played on a club team in Maryland, about half-an-hour from my house, called Montgomery United, a very good club team. We had some really good players, and my father was friends with the coach whose name was Gordon Murray. His son is another famous US Soccer Player, Bruce Murray.” Murray is of course the third leading scorer in US Soccer history, only recently passed by Joe-Max Moore.
“So Bruce and I grew up together and played on the same club team,” he explains. “We won three national championships together, one under 16 in California, one under 19, the MacGuire Cup and also as amateurs we won when we were both in college. He was a junior. I was a senior. He won two at Clemson actually, and I won one at Duke. And we both won the Hermann Trophy Award, so that was a pretty good club team we had, way back in the day. We had some pretty good times together.”
Of the Hermann Trophy Kerr says, “It was a big thrill for me to be considered the best college player in the country at the time, but it didn’t mean anything to anyone outside the country. It was a big deal in college, but I went to England right after college, and nobody could care less about the Hermann Trophy or a national title, or being an American other than they didn’t think Americans could play.”
At the time, Kerr didn’t know what was in store for him in England. It was only some bull-headed determination and a lot of luck that delivered him into one of Europe’s top leagues. “I went over early. I spent my senior spring abroad, which is sort of unheard of, but I knew I wanted to play professional soccer and I knew that I wanted to go to England to try my luck. I knew that I could play amateur soccer in England and maybe get seen while finishing off my degree.”
It seems like a crazy plan in retrospect, but Kerr had planned it all out. “I made sure I could take care of the requirements for my Political Science major, so I could take four electives that senior spring. So I went over to England and I played for team called Harrow Burough, which is probably in the sixth or seventh division.”
“They had been pretty mediocre before I got there, and I scored some goals and was lucky enough to get spotted by Peter Osgood, a big star for Chelsea and a former England international back in the late sixties. At the time he was the youth team coach at Portsmouth, which was being promoted from the second division to the first. He invited me down to play in a reserve team game Portsmouth played against Crystal Palace, and Alan Ball was the manager of Portsmouth at the time.”
Then things came together pretty quickly for the young American. “So I traveled down to Portsmouth by train, and at the last minute got my international clearance from US Soccer to play,” he explains. “I played in the game and we won 1-0. I scored a pretty good goal, receiving the ball just inside the half, dribbling four or five players and smacking the ball past the keeper with my left foot, which was a fairly unusual event.”
And then came the moment that would make Kerr’s career. “Afterwards I went into the dressing room and Alan Ball offered me a contract there on the spot. He said, ‘I want you here at Portsmouth next year.’ It was one of the biggest thrills of my life. I thought I had arrived. When a player of Alan Ball’s standard, the guy won a World Cup medal at the age of 19 for England in 1966, to think that I was good enough to play at that level was a thrill for me. It was almost like a little plan I had, had worked like a charm, that I wanted to go get spotted in England, and it had worked.”
“It was an amazing time, for me to come from playing college at Duke in 1986, and then starting my first professional game in 1987 in the English First Division at the age of 22. And my father flew over for the game. I had quite a good game. We lost 4-2, but I played pretty well and was maybe oblivious to how big a jump it was from college in the States to the First Division in England.”
Suddenly Kerr was playing against seasoned professionals. “I’m playing against pros who are top notch, and internationals and played in World Cups and all of a sudden I’m amongst them and doing pretty well. It didn’t last too long though, because I wasn’t ready for prime time. I played maybe six or seven first team games that year for Portsmouth, and then played a lot of reserve team games, though I was the leading scorer for the reserves. It was a great learning experience.”
“What overwhelmed me was the intensity of the game there. You had to perform everyday in practice. You couldn’t take days off and there were no slouches out there. There were no easy games. There were no easy practices, no easy sessions, no easy segments in a training session that would allow you to relax. The intensity was just immense, and I loved it.”
“The physical aspect of the game was difficult to handle at first because some of the stuff you get away with over there, you’d get called in a heartbeat back here, and that’s a big frustration for me now sometimes, when I see referees calling little tugs here and there, or a slight push or even a shoulder charge.”
He goes on, “When you step up to the next level the referees never call that, therefore because of the refereeing we’re not prepared for the next level when we go abroad because we’re used to a situation in this country, at the youth level, where if you touch someone a foul gets called. For me as a coach now, I see it and think, ‘You’re doing a disservice to these players.”
Over the next five seasons Kerr became a true journeyman. He played in the old American Soccer League for the Washington Stars, then for Wycombe Wanderers back in England. He went to France and played in the third division for Boulogne-Sur-Mer, and also to Northern Ireland with Linfield Football Club. In 1991 he was in Canada with Hamilton Steelers.
The next year he was in San Diego winning a Major Soccer League Championship with the Sockers. “Right after that season the league folded. This was the MISL, actually the MSL in the final year. So the league folded and I was in a dilemma as to what I wanted to do. Did I want to go back to Europe? At the time I wasn’t too keen. Luckily I got a call from John Renny, my former coach at Duke, and he was looking for an assistant.”
“I told him I wasn’t necessarily ready to stop playing, but he said this, ‘Why don’t you come and spend eight weeks with us, pre-season and maybe the first few games, and if you want to go on from there then you can. It’ll give you an opportunity to see if you want to get into coaching.’”
And that’s when the coaching bug bit Kerr hard. “I was probably three or four weeks into the job when I knew that this was what I wanted to do,” he explains. “This was the environment I wanted to be in. This is the level of soccer. I knew that I could be successful preparing these guys as players, but also as people, and have some influence on their lives.”
“That was very appealing to me, and I knew after that experience at Duke, we went to the Final Four that year and lost to Virginia. It was a wonderful program at Duke. They produced players like Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerwey. I still keep in touch with those guys and a few others. I knew eventually when I stopped playing I wanted not only to get into coaching but to get into collegiate coaching.”
Still, his playing career wasn’t finished yet. He went back to England and played at Millwall with current US National Team keeper Kasey Keller. “From Millwall I came back to this country and played in MLS with Dallas Burn, and then half way through the season I got traded to New England Revolution, and that had an enormous impact on my life because my wife and I moved here and fell in love with this area right away.”
“We knew that if the opportunity arose we’d like to stay here, and Tracy, my wife, got involved with Harvard right away while I was playing for the Revolution and she was the assistant coach here for two years. That led to other opportunities. She got the head coaching job at Providence College two years later.”
“Then when my career ended with the Revolution in 1997, I was recommended to play and coach for the Worcester Wildfire, which was the A-League. That was an ideal transition for me, moving down from Major League Soccer to minor league level and getting my feet wet as a coach. At the time the team was struggling and there wasn’t a lot of money. I had to do a lot of things. I had to negotiate all the contracts. I had to recruit all the players. I had to take the training. I had to order the equipment, all the things. I had to organize the trips. It was a great learning experience for me, which was probably beneficial to me now because as a collegiate coach you have to do similar things, schedules, uniforms, recruiting and travel. It’s almost the same job.”
So when the Harvard job came open in 1999 I was in my second season as an A-League coach. They had changed the name by then from the Worcester Wildfire to the Boston Bulldogs. I really enjoyed what I was doing with the Bulldogs. I loved playing, and I loved coaching. Maybe the next step was to try to get to MLS as an assistant coach and be a head coach one day, but that wasn?t really a goal of mine. I knew I wanted to end up as a collegiate coach, so when the opportunity came to go to interview for the Harvard job, I didn?t hesitate one bit. It was the best move I could have ever made. I love it here, the environment and the facilities and being able to stay in Boston. It was a dream come true
There?s no athletic scholarships here. There?s only financial aid based on need. The admissions process is pretty diligent and pretty competitive, and I?m fortunate that a lot of soccer players out there are intelligent and motivated in the classroom as well as on the field. In some ways recruiting is pretty easy. Right away you know that you?re not dealing with money, and secondly I get a list of players and can look at there SAT scores and GPAs and know I can slash that list in half right away, so there?s only a small segment I can recruit knowing the standards that they have here

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John Kerr, Jr. Career Timeline

1984 Begins playing for United States National Team at age 19.
1986 As team captain, leads Duke to NCAA championship. Receives numerous National Player of the Year awards, including Hermann Trophy.
1987 Graduates from Duke with a BA in political science; plays for Portsmouth in English Premier League.
1988 Plays for Washington Stars of ASL and Wycombe Wanderers of English Vauxhaul Conference; begins coaching in London youth league.
1990 Plays for Boulogne-Sur-Mer in French Third Division and for Linfield in Northern Ireland First Division.
1991 Plays for Hamilton Steelers Club in Canadian Soccer League.
1992 Wins Major Soccer League title with San Diego Sockers; serves as assistant coach at Duke; then begins play with Millwall Football Club in English First Division.
1996 Plays for Dallas Burn and New England Revolution of MLS.
1997 Serves as head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at Wellesley High School in Wellseley, MA.
1998 Serves as player/coach for Boston Bulldogs of professional A-League.
1999 Named head coach at Harvard University.

As a coach, I’m improving. Our team, the first year we ended up 6-9-2, and last year we were 7-9-1, so we improved by a win. The first year I didn’t have any of my recruits. I came too late. I got the job in June, and we started the season in August. To be honest we had some good games. We went out to the Stanford Tournament and lost to Stanford, who I believe went to the final that year, 1999, and we lost 1-0 in the 87th minute on a scramble in front of our goal. We had missed a penalty in the first half, and so I felt in some of the games I got the maximum out of the players. It was a great experience.
Then I got to work on recruiting. I knew that was a big part of the job, getting the recruits, getting them to come to your school, and having the type of player that you like come to your program. So I brought in thirteen guys my first recruiting class, and it was great. I needed quality and quantity and I got both. We improved our depth tremendously. This year the freshman class is excellent. We brought in seven guys, and I think currently three of them are starting. Jamie Roth is starting in goal. Jason Anderson is starting at right fullback, and Jeremy Transer is having a great year up at right forward. So that aspect of our program is very pleasing. I think we’re going to do really well over the next few years.
I think I made a big boo-boo my first year here, recruiting players who were never going to get in academically. I wasted a lot of time doing that. I remember having a special meeting with the admissions people. They called me in to say, ‘Look. Guys with 1040 SATs aren’t going to cut it here.’ And here’s me trying to get national team players with 1040s and minimal grades to come here, and it just wasn’t going to work. So I learned that lesson quickly, and I think I’ve improved in that respect a lot. Coaching-wise I learned a tremendous lesson last year. We got off to a wonderful start. We were 7-3-1 at one point, and beat BC and were doing pretty well. Then we hit the wall as a team. We lost the last six games of the season, and five of those were all Ivy League games so we ended up being at the bottom of the barrel. Then I learned what it’s like to be a student/athlete here at Harvard. I found out after the fact that several of the students, in particular the freshmen, and I had five of them starting last year, were staying up all night cramming for mid-term exams. And I had no idea until later on in the season, that that was the case. So we’ve gone to great lengths already this season to make sure that doesn’t happen again, by making sure we stay on top of them academically. We’re approaching that time of the season again now, so it’ll be a real test of my coaching ability to make sure the team is prepared, understanding what they’re going through as students and not just as athletes. Tactically we’re more prepared as well. We took some lumps last year, but I think through experiencing some disappointments we’re more ready to take on some of the challenges of this season. Hopefully we’re in a good position now that we won’t falter mid-season. We’ll keep chugging away, and keep grinding out results through the Ivy League this year.
I go to MLS games, and I’m very much into keeping abreast of what’s going on. Like I told you earlier though, my real ambition is to be a college coach, and I’m exactly where I want to be right now. It’s intriguing to think of coaching the pros, but at this stage of the league I don’t think I’d be comfortable going there. Both financially and structurally I don’t think the league is in a good position where you can really do well with the players. You can’t negotiate with teams, and you can’t get the players you want because of the way the league is structured. So at the present time I have no interest in being a pro coach.
My father is now the head of the MLS Players Association, and I played in the league for two years, so I know how it works. I know what you can do and what you can’t do. The league is great. It’s improving every year with the talent and the standard of play, but there’s still that element of control there that causes the league not to be taken seriously by the rest of the world. I’m not going to criticize the owners, but when you have guys who own multiple teams people abroad look at it and wonder, ‘How can you have an owner that owns three teams in one league, and it’s only a twelve team league?’ It’s kind of a dilemma they have to go through, but saying that you have some guys who, if it wasn’t for Kraft and Anshutz and Mr. Hunt, they wouldn’t have a league, so I really can’t criticize too much.
I would have like to have played a lot longer in my own country, although the experiences I gained playing abroad in England and in France and playing indoor to an extent, made me the person I am. And I didn’t make a lot of money as a player. I played the game out of love, and just having the opportunity to play this game as a professional was something that I always dreamed about. I wish MLS had been around. When I came out of college, the only opportunity was indoor. The NASL folded in 1984. I had a little bit of an opportunity in 1983 when I graduated from high school. I was drafted by the Cosmos in the first round, and at the time you were allowed to go train for 48 hours with a pro team and not lose your eligibility. So the flew me up to New York and I was lucky enough to train with Chinaglia and Cabanas and some of those big stars. Johann Neeskens kicked the crap out of me. I remember I was in training, and I nutmegged Eckhardt Kapp. I was pretty proud of myself, and then next thing I know Neeskens comes in with a sliding tackle and says, ‘You do that again and I’ll break your leg.’ So I figured, ‘Ok. I won’t be doing that again.’ I can’t duplicate those kinds of experiences, and maybe I wouldn’t have gotten them if there had been an MLS. On the other hand it would have been great to be able to play in my own country. It’s about time soccer was taken seriously here.
I like going to watch my wife’s team play, and sometime when we get home and have a spare moment, though we just had twins recently and there aren’t too many spare moments, we watch each others videos and make comments on what we should be doing tactically. It’s pretty interesting. It’s fun.

John Kerr, Jr.
Personal information
Full name John Kerr, Jr.
Date of birth March 6, 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1983–84 Montgomery United
1984–86 Duke Blue Devils
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987 Harrow Borough ? (?)
1987–1988 Portsmouth 4 (0)
1987–1988  Peterborough United (loan) 10 (1)
1988–1990 Washington Stars ? (12)
1988–1989 Wycombe Wanderers 29 (13)
1990 Boulogne ? (?)
1990 Linfield ? (?)
1991 Hamilton Steelers ? (9)
1991–1992 San Diego Sockers (indoor) 39 (12)
1992–1993 Chertsey Town ? (?)
1993–1995 Millwall 43 (8)
1995–1996  Walsall (loan) 1 (0)
1996 Dallas Burn 12 (3)
1996–1997 New England Revolution 26 (4)
1997 Connecticut Wolves (loan) 1 (0)
1997–1998 Linfield ? (1)
1998–1999 Boston Bulldogs 40 (5)
1999  New England Revolution (loan) 0 (0)
National team
1984–1995 United States 16 (2)
Teams managed
1992 Duke Blue Devils (assistant)
1993 Duke Blue Devils (assistant)
1998–1999 Boston Bulldogs
1999–2007 Harvard Crimson
2008– Duke Blue Devils
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Walsall player 152. Erhun Aksel Oztumer


Erhun Aksel Oztumer (born 29 May 1991) is an English professional footballer who plays for Walsall as a midfielder.

Following nine years in the youth set up at Charlton Athletic, and a season with Fisher Athletic, 16-year-old Oztumer joined Manisaspor in 2008, who at the time were in the Turkish Süper Lig. Despite featuring mainly for the Manisaspor youth team, in 2009 he earned a move to Sivasspor, also of the Turkish Süper Lig, where he signed his first professional contract. Oztumer never played for the first team at Sivasspor, but played 29 times for the reserve team in A2 Ligi, scoring eight goals. In 2011, Oztumer left Sivasspor to join Anadolu Üsküdar in the TFF Third League, the fourth tier of Turkish football, where he played senior football for the first time, playing 35 league games in 16 months, scoring five goals.

Before the start of the 2012–13 season, Oztumer returned to England, joining Isthmian League side Dulwich Hamlet. He went on to score over 60 goals from midfield in all competitions over two seasons, during which time Dulwich won promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division.

In June 2014, he moved back into the professional game, joining Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee, leaving with the best wishes of Dulwich Hamlet manager Gavin Rose.

He played one friendly in pre-season, scoring a free kick against St Neots Town, before suffering an injury which kept him out of the early part of the 2014–15 season. He made his Peterborough debut as a substitute in a 2–2 draw with Oldham Athletic on 4 October 2014. He made his first start for the club on 13 December 2014, scoring the winning goal away to Leyton Orient

On 17 June 2016, Oztumer signed for Football League One side Walsall on a two-year contract upon the expiry of his contract at Peterborough.

Personal information
Full name Erhun Aksel Oztumer
Date of birth 29 May 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Greenwich, England
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Walsall
Number 10
Youth career
Charlton Athletic
Fisher Athletic
2008–2009 Manisaspor
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Sivasspor 0 (0)
2011–2012 Anadolu Üsküdar 34 (5)
2012–2014 Dulwich Hamlet 78 (49)
2014–2016 Peterborough United 50 (7)
2016– Walsall 0 (0)

Walsall player 143. Florent Cuvelier


Florent Cuvelier (born 12 September 1992) is a Belgian football player who plays as a midfielder for League One side Walsall, having signed for the current season (2016-17)
Cuvelier began his career with Mouscron before joining the Academy of English side Portsmouth. Due to Portsmouth financial demise Cuvelier signed for Stoke City in the summer of 2010. At Stoke he has spent time out on loan at Walsall and Peterborough United. He joined Sheffield United in September 2013 for an undisclosed fee. He joined Port Vale on loan in January 2014.
Cuvelier started playing football for his local side Mouscron before moving to England to play for Portsmouth’s youth team. He spent just a year on the south coast before joining Stoke City in July 2010. He rejected contract offers from Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham. Cuvelier spent the 2010–11 season with the academybefore becoming a regular with the reserves.
On 27 January 2012 Cuvelier joined League One side Walsall on a month long loan. He made his professional debut four days later against Notts County He scored his first professional goal against Oldham Athletic in a 2–1 defeat at Boundary Park. After impressing “Saddlers” manager Dean Smith, Cuvelier extended his loan until the end of the 2011–12 season. He was nominated for the League One Player of the Month award for his performances in March 2012. He returned to Stoke after playing 18 matches for Walsall, scoring four goals. He signed a new two-year contract with Stoke in May 2012.
Cuvelier returned to Walsall on a six-month loan in July 2012. He scored against his old club Portsmouth on 15 September 2012 in a 2–1 win. In total he played 17 times in his second spell at the Bescot Stadium, scoring three goals. On 27 March 2013, Cuvelier joined Championship side Peterborough United on loan until the end of the 2012–13 season  He played once for Peterborough before returning to Stoke where he appeared on the bench for the first time against Southampton in the final match of the 2012–13 season.
On 2 September 2013, Cuvelier joined League One side Sheffield United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee. He started six games at the start of the 2013–14 campaign under manager David Weir but lost his first team place after Nigel Clough took charge in October; Clough stated that Cuvelier was available to go out on loan during the January transfer window. On 16 January 2014, he joined league rivals Port Vale on loan until the end of the season. Manager Micky Adams stated that “He’s had very little football at Sheffield United so if there is one worry it is that maybe he might need four or five games to get himself up to full speed. Really we can’t afford four or five games, we need him to hit the floor running if he possibly can. He made his debut at Vale Park three days later, but was forced to leave the pitch on a stretcher on 36 minutes after picking up a knee injury. He was later ruled out for the rest of the season after it was found that he had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

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Personal information
Full name Florent Cuvelier
Date of birth 12 September 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Anderlecht, Belgium
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Playing position Central Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Walsall
Youth career
1998–2000 Excelsior Biévène
2000–2002 La Louvière
2002–2008 Mouscron
2008–2010 Portsmouth
2010–2011 Stoke City
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Stoke City 0 (0)
2012 Walsall (loan) 18 (4)
2012 Walsall (loan) 19 (2)
2013  Peterborough United (loan) 1 (0)
2013–2016 Sheffield United 19 (0)
2014  Port Vale (loan) 1 (0)
2015 Burton Albion (loan) 1 (1)
2016– Walsall 0 (0)
National team
2008 Belgium U16 4 (0)
2008–2009 Belgium U17 12 (0)
2009–2010 Belgium U18 10 (0)
2010–2011 Belgium U19 18 (2)
2010–2012 Belgium U20 3 (0)
2012 Belgium U21 1 (0)

Walsall player 94. Kenny Beech


Personal information
Full name Kenneth Beech
Date of birth 18 March 1958 (age 58)
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England

Kenny Beech

Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Playing position Midfielder

Youth career
1975–1976 Port Vale

Senior career
Years                      Team                             Apps            (Gls)
1976–1981               Port Vale                       175              (18)
1978               Cleveland Cobras (loan)        ?                 ?
1981–1983              Walsall                             79               (5)
1983–1985           Peterborough United      60               (5)
1985–1988          Stafford Rangers                ?                 ?
                                                  Total               314+            (28+)
Kenneth “Kenny” Beech (born 18 March 1958) is a former English footballer. A midfielder, he played for Port Vale between 1976 and 1981, picking up the club’s Player of the Year award in 1980, also playing on loan at American club Cleveland Cobras in 1978. In 1981 he was sold to Walsall, before he moved on to Peterborough United two years later. He dropped into non-league football with Stafford Rangers in 1985, with whom he won the Conference League Cup, before he retired in 1988. He played 314 league games in the Football League, scoring 28 goals.
I was in a team which played in one of the Staffordshire cup competitions and a young kid playing against us scored 13 goals (The match took place on Pelsall Villa’s Ground) as we came off the field having been well and truely beaten our player manager asked who the young kid was. The opposition manager said ‘Oh that’s young Kenny Beech, Look out for him as he will be playing league football before long! How true were his words!
Beech was signed to Third Division Port Vale as a youngster after impressing coach Reg Berks – this was despite Beech suffering from a broken leg at the time. He made his debut in the 1974–75 season under Roy Sproson. He played seven games in 1975–76, signing professional forms in January 1976, getting his first senior goal at Vale Park in a 1–1 draw with Halifax Town on 17 April. His early arrival at league level brought him England youth trials at Lilleshall and three weeks as a triallist with Manchester United.
Still a teenager, he played 35 games in 1976–77, scoring four goals, as the “Valiants” narrowly avoided relegation. He made another thirty appearances in 1977–78, scoring twice, as Vale suffered relegation under Bobby Smith. Beech went to the United States to play on loan for Cleveland Cobras from May to August in 1978. He returned to Burslem to score 4 goals in 24 games under Dennis Butler in the 1978–79 Fourth Division campaign. He scored four goals and made 49 appearances in 1979–80, keeping his first team place under the management merry-go-round that saw Dennis Butler, Alan Bloor, and then John McGrath take charge. For his performances, fans voted him Player of the Year. He posted another 52 appearances in 1980–81, scoring seven goals, as Vale again struggled near the foot of the Football League.
Beech was sold to Third Division Walsall for a £10,000 fee in August 1981. Under Neil Martin’s stewardship, the “Saddlers” avoided relegation in 1981–82 after finishing ahead of Wimbledon on goal difference. Walsall improved under Alan Buckley in 1982–83, and finished in tenth place. With five goals in 79 league appearances for Walsall, Beech moved on to Fourth Division Peterborough United. “Posh” posted mid-table finishes under John Wile in 1983–84 and 1984–85. Beech scored five goals in sixty league games for the club.
Beech joined newly promoted Alliance Premier League side Stafford Rangers in 1985. Rangers finished seventh in 1985–86, and lifted the Conference League Cup after victory over Barnet in the final. They followed this with a thirteenth place finish in 1986–87 and a sixth place finish in 1987–88. Beech then retired from the game at age 30, to take up a job with Michelin in his native Stoke.

Walsall player 25 Martyn O’Conner


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Martyn O’Connor
Personal information
Full name Martyn O’Connor
Date of birth 10 December 1967 (age 48)
Place of birth Walsall, England

Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder

Youth career
1991–1992 Bromsgrove Rovers

Senior career
Years Team Apps
1992–1994 Crystal Palace 4
1993 Walsall (loan) 10
1994–1996 Walsall 94
1996 Peterborough United 18
1996–2002 Birmingham City 186
2002–2003 Walsall 48
2003–2005 Shrewsbury Town 56
2005–2006 Kidderminster Harriers 12
Total 428
National team
2000 Cayman Islands 2 (requires verification)
Teams managed
2009–2011 Walsall (assistant manager)
Martyn started his career at Bromsgrove Rovers in the early 1990s before moving to Crystal Palace. He then spent the first of three spells at Walsall, joining on loan in March 1993 before signing permanently the following year. His most prominent role at the Saddlers was winning promotion to Division Two in 1995.
He then joined Peterborough United along with Scottie Houghton,(Peterborogh, seem to have a habit of taking two of our players as later they took Westwood and Keates) but he didn’t complete a season with them, before they sold him, to Birmingham City, whom O’Connor represented in the 2001 Football League Cup Final against Liverpool, which Birmingham lost in a penalty shootout.
Martyn re-joined Walsall in 2002, but when his contract was not renewed, at the end of the 2002–03 season. He then signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2003, playing around 50 games for the Shrews, before ending his playing career with Kidderminster Harriers playing a round a dozen games.
On 20 January 2009, he was named assistant manager to Chris Hutchings at Walsall, but the pair were sacked on 3 January 2011 after a series of poor results left Walsall bottom of Football League One. He was always positive in his play as well as being hard working! Another player that the fans took to their hearts!
O’Connor was called up to the Cayman Islands national football team in 2000, but FIFA soon ruled that he could not play for them. The Cayman Islands had been attempting to exploit their status as a British Overseas Territory by picking British passport holders who would not ordinarily be eligible to play for them. However his record shows that he played 2 games for them (Is this true or not?)
For some strange reason i can find games played but cannot find a record of goals scored! Maybe someone can help!!

Walsall player 333. Bryn Gunn


Bryn Gunn (born August 21, 1958 in Kettering) is a former footballer who played as a full-back for a number of clubs between 1975 and 1996.

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He is best remembered for his time with Nottingham Forest, where he won the European Cup in 1980, coming on as a substitute in the final. Forest loaned him out to several clubs during the time he spent at the club, amongst them Walsall. He left Forest in 1986 to play for Peterboro United. In the three years there he played the same number of games as he played in his ten years at Forest. He left Peterboro to finish his professional career at Chesterfireld. He then moved into non league football.

His daughter, Jenny, plays cricket for England, and was part of the Ashes winning team of 2005.

Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975-86 Nottingham Forest 131 (1)
1978 Eastern Suburbs (loan)
1985 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 9 (0)
1986 Walsall (loan) 6 (0)
1986 Mansfield Town (loan) 5 (0)
1986-89 Peterborough United 131 (14)
1989-92 Chesterfield 91 (10)
1992-96 Arnold Town