Away From The Numbers

Kenny Deuchar Interview

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The 2003/2004 season was really one to forget for Fife fans. Early season promise ended with relegation and this was followed by the inevitable loss of star striker Kenny Deuchar to full time football.

Balancing a draining career as a doctor with long trips to Methil to play part-time football, Kenny's commitment to the cause could never be doubted, often ploughing a lone furrow up front, trying to make something happen for the black and gold.

Kenny joined East Fife in June 2002 from Falkirk, after four frustrating seasons and two leg breaks with the Brockville side. He was soon a cult hero down Bayview way, with chants of "Deuchar, Deuchar, Deuchar" echoing round Third and then Second Division grounds across Scotland, and his last minute promotion-clinching winner against Queens Park will long live in the memories of Fife fans.

His first season at Bayview saw 23 goals from 37 League and Cup appearances, rekindling memories and folklore of prolific Fife goalscorers from years before. By the end of his two seasons with us, Kenny notched up 77 appearances (66 League and 11 Cup) and 34 goals.

The close season came and Kenny was offered that full time footballing contract he longed for, surprisingly leaving East Fife to join big-spending Third Division rivals Gretna.

Kenny has taken time out of his busy schedule to talk to AFTN about his times at Bayview, his future plans and to answer the question on Fife fans' lips "why Gretna?"!:


AFTN: YOU SEEMED TO BE REALLY EMOTIONAL AFTER THE STENHOUSEMUIR GAME. DID YOU KNOW THEN THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE YOUR LAST GAME FOR THE CLUB?

Kenny Says A Tearful Goodbye At Stenhousemuir

KD: I knew that it was very unlikely that I would play for the club again next season at the time although I still hadn't signed for anyone. I knew of interest from other teams but I was holding out for full time football. If that hadn't come up I would have been looking for a club close to home or indeed my work.


HOW DID THE GRETNA DEAL COME ABOUT? DID EAST FIFE OFFER YOU A NEW DEAL?

The Gretna deal was through my agent. Gretna contacted him as they were interested and it went from there. East Fife did offer me a new deal.

I THINK THE QUESTION MOST EAST FIFE FANS ARE ASKING JUST NOW IS WHY ANOTHER THIRD DIVISION CLUB? WHY NOT A TEAM AT A HIGHER LEVEL?

It's a really exciting time down in Gretna, the ambitions are second to none. Everyone at the club is so upbeat and looking forward to the future. There is a real drive and determination throughout the club. I feel lucky that I am going to play a part in it. The set up is unbelievable, facilities are excellent. Was looking for somewhere to work on my game and really have a go and strive to be the best I can be in football. This is an excellent place to start.

IT'S GOING TO BE HARD FOR US TO SEE YOU LINE UP AGAINST US NEXT SEASON. HOW DO YOU THINK YOU'LL FEEL?

It will obviously be difficult. It would have been a whole lot better if we had managed to stay in the 2nd then I wouldn't have to think about it. It will be difficult particularly in relation to the fans who have been superb with me over the past 2 seasons.

YOU ONLY HAD TWO SEASONS WITH EAST FIFE BUT YOU CERTAINLY MADE A LASTING IMPRESSION. DID YOU ENJOY YOUR SPELL AT THE CLUB?

The first season was awesome. I had never really felt part of something in football as much as I did at East Fife. I used to train with part time teams during the week and turn up at Brockville and normally sit on the bench on a Saturday. I was the only part time player and I didn't really feel part of it a lot of the time.

YOUR LAST MINUTE PROMOTION CLINCHER WILL LONG LIVE IN ALL OF OUR MEMORIES. CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW YOU FELT WHEN YOU SAW THE BALL NESTLE IN THE NET?

The Aftermath Of That Goal
Every time I picture that moment the hairs on the back of my neck stand, you'll all know what I mean. It was looking like we had blown all the hard work from the season. We all kept going though and we got the reward. You really can't explain those moments. There are not many who get a goal like that at a time that means so much. I will always remember that one and the bedlam afterwards. I've lost count of the number of times I've played it back. I used to play it back the morning before some of our games.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR OTHER EAST FIFE HIGHLIGHTS?

Over my 2 seasons we had a great bunch of boys in the dressing room, I'll be friends with many of them for years to come.

4 goals against Elgin as I got to keep the match ball.

The 3-2 victory against Gretna with 2 goals in injury time. I almost became a legend in Denny overnight as so many people had us on there coupon that day and thought it was all over!

Finally beating Morton - couldn't beat them with Falkirk either!

The reception I got after the Stenhousemuir game - really appreciated that.

I had 2 ambitions in football before I joined East Fife
- one was for a fan to get my name on the back of their shirt!
- the other was for the tannoy announcer to say that the mascot's favourite player was Kenny Deuchar

- both happened at East Fife

THE EAST FIFE FANS!

THE LOWLIGHT WAS OBVIOUSLY GETTING RELEGATED AGAIN AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT. WHAT DO YOU THINK WENT WRONG?

We lost too many tight games. We lost a lot of points through some bad mistakes. With the league being so tight it cost us at the end.

JIM MOFFAT HAS STRANGELY SAID THAT THE TEAM WERE TRYING TO PLAY TOO MUCH FOOTBALL. DO YOU FEEL THE LONG BALL GAME SUITS YOU BEST?

I prefer the team to play a bit of football but be direct with it. I obviously like to get into the box but you need early deliveries from wide to be effective. The best team in the league this season were Airdie, the were a good footballing side but they moved the ball very fast. There full backs play the balls into the channels and they play football in the other teams half. So I suppose they mix the long ball game with good football in attacking areas.

Kenny Deuchar
THE PROBLEM LAST SEASON SEEMED TO BE THAT YOU WERE HAVING TO CREATE THAT CHANCES INSTEAD OF BEING ON THE END OF THEM. DID YOU FEEL A LOT OF PRESSURE ON YOUR SHOULDERS TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN?

There is always pressure but that's the pressure you put on yourself with the desire to succeed. We were all in it together.

GRETNA HAVE BEEN SPENDING BIG. DO YOU THINK THE EXPECTATION TO GET PROMOTED MAY PUT ADDED PRESSURE ON BOTH YOU AND THE TEAM TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL?

Obviously there will be more pressure being the only full time club but there is always pressure in football. I'm really looking forward to the football pressure as compared to other pressures that I have experienced in my work outside football.

HOW DO YOU THINK EAST FIFE WILL DO NEXT TERM?

Hopefully they can bounce back, it will be a difficult league next year though, it will probably be very tight at the top with a few teams challenging.

WHEN WE SPOKE TO YOU AT THE JUNIOR CUP SEMI, YOU HAD A FEW OPTIONS THAT YOU WERE CONSIDERING. IS GETTING YOUR MASTERS STILL IN YOUR PLANS?

Yes, still hoping to go to complete a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine in Glasgow. Have applied to get on the course but still waiting for word.

HOW HARD HAS IT BEEN FOR YOU TO JUGGLE YOUR MEDICAL AND FOOTBALLING CAREERS?

This past year has been the worst ever, I was even considering quitting senior football if I hadn't been offered a full time contract.

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO YOU PERSONALLY TO HAVE A SHOT AT MAKING IT AS A FULL TIME FOOTBALLER?

It's really now or never. If I didn't take the shot I would always regret it. I am sure I have made the right decision. There is such a difference being able to concentrate on football as number one whereas before it had to fit in with other commitments.

YOU FOUGHT BACK FROM TWO LEG BREAKS AT FALKIRK. DID YOU EVER DOUBT YOU'D REACH THIS STAGE?

I did, but I had people around me at the time that kept me going through it all and hopefully I can give them more to be proud off in the coming seasons.

WHAT ARE YOUR LONG TERM GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS?

I want to better myself in football and play at as high a level as possible and be successful. Tend to set short term goals more often. If you worry too much about long term goals you can lose sight of what you are trying to achieve in the short term. One game at a time and all that.

Kenny Receives Award At POY Dance
YOU STILL GOING TO CHECK OUT AFTN?!

Still do. See what's happening with my mates, if there's anything interesting I give them a phone and say, "what's all this about.....?" and get the truth straight from the horse's mouth.

DO YOU HAVE A FINAL MESSAGE TO THE EAST FIFE FANS?

Good luck for next season! Can't thank the fans enough! The players need your support, especially at home, some of the away trips were fantastic. Lets hope both East Fife and Gretna will be preparing for life in the Second Division this time next year. I look forward to seeing some of you when you visit Gretna or when I am back in Methil. All the best.



Thanks for taking the time out to talk to us Kenny and clear up a few things which were puzzling the Fife faithful.

We've all only got happy memories of your time at Bayview. You gave us your all. 100% commitment. And that's all we could ever ask of any player.

AFTN wishes you all the best for your future endeavours. We hope all your dreams become realities. Just don't score against us!!!

Thanks for all the memories Kenny.