Association football player
|Birth||2 March 1982, Coatbridge|
Mark Kerr (born 2 March 1982) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays for Falkirk in the Scottish Championship. He is in his second spell at the club, having started his senior career there in 1998. He later played for Dundee United and Aberdeen before joining Asteras Tripoli in Greece. Returning to Scotland, Kerr played for Dunfermline Athletic, Dundee, Partick Thistle and Queen of the South before rejoining Falkirk in 2015. He made one appearance for the Scotland B team in 2005.
Kerr began his career with Falkirk, where he played from 1998 until 2003. He had joined Falkirk from Moodiesburn Boys Club as a sixteen-year-old, and progressed through the Youth Development scheme at Brockville, so was already well known to then-manager Ian McCall and his management team. McCall had been keeping tabs on the Scotland Under-21 player since he himself left Falkirk.
Kerr made his Falkirk debut towards the end of the 1998–99 season at the age of 17 against Clydebank. The following season he turned out seven times and scored his first goal in a 3–3 draw at Ayr United. For the next three seasons, he hardly missed a game for Falkirk and by the time he left, he had accumulated 125 appearances and scored nine times.
In July 2003, he moved to Dundee United on a Bosman transfer. Kerr soon settled at Tannadice and became a regular in the side, and by the end of his first season, he had racked up 33 League and two cup appearances. His tenacity in midfield was a feature of the latter part of the campaign in which United finished strongly to take fifth place.
Commencing the season 2004–05 in the starting eleven, Kerr suffered a dip in form and only appeared another four times before making his way back into the first team at the turn of the year. He went on to miss only one more match throughout the rest of the season, and became a vital part of the midfield as Gordon Chisholm became manager. His two goals in that term came in the Cup competitions, one in the 3–0 CIS Cup win over Stranraer at Tannadice and the other in the thrilling 4–3 Scottish Cup tie against Gretna. Kerr played in the majority of matches in every season but was responsible for a horrendous backpass in the League Cup Final of 2008. United were minutes away from lifting the trophy, the backpass forcing the game into extra time and a penalty shoot out, which United lost. Kerr chose to leave when his contract expired at the end of June 2008 and moved to Aberdeen F.C.
In July 2008, it was reported that Kerr was on the verge of a move to New Firm rivals Aberdeen, and he subsequently moved to Pittodrie on a Bosman transfer, taking over the number 8 shirt vacated by Barry Nicholson. Kerr was made Aberdeen club captain from the start of season 2009–10. He scored once for Aberdeen, his goal coming in a 2–1 loss at home to Kilmarnock on 5 May 2010.
Greece and return to Scotland
Kerr agreed to join Greek side Asteras Tripolis; the move was announced on 6 June 2010. Asteras finished 13th in the 2010–11 Greek Superleague. Kerr played his final match for the club in September 2011.
In January 2012, Kerr signed for Dunfermline Athletic until the end of the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season. Kerr made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw against Kilmarnock on 7 February 2012. However, Dunfermline were relegated at the end of the season and Kerr left the club despite manager being offered a new contract by Jim Jefferies
After trial spells with Hibernian and Carlisle United, Kerr signed for Dundee, Dundee United’s rival. Previously, Kerr was on the verge of joining St Johnstone, after the club signed Steve MacLean, the duo having played together during their time at Aberdeen in 2010 while MacLean was on loan. However, the move collapsed despite Kerr having a medical. He was ‘frustrated’ with the inability to complete the deal. After the move, Kerr said he didn’t know why his move to St Johnstone collapsed. On 15 September 2012, Kerr made his debut, playing in defensive midfield, in a 2–1 loss against Motherwell.
Kerr began pre season training with the Partick Thistle team. On 13 July 2013, Kerr scored a goal from 35 yards in a pre-season friendly against Dumbarton at the Bet Butler Stadium in a 4-3 win. He was released on 30 January 2014.
Queen of the South
Kerr signed for Queen of the South on 7 February 2014, having been released by Partick Thistle. On 30 December 2014 Kerr left the Dumfries club by mutual consent.
Kerr signed for the Bairns for a second spell on 3 January 2015.
Kerr made an appearance for the Scotland B team in December 2005, coming on as a substitute against Poland in the Future Cup 2005 competition.
Correct as of 2 November 2008
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Scotland||League||Scottish Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||Falkirk||Scottish First Division||2||0||–||–||–||2||0|
|2003–04||Dundee United||Scottish Premier League||33||1||–||2||0||–||35||1|
- Scottish First Division Winner: 1
- Dundee United
- Scottish Cup Runner-up: 1
- Scottish League Cup Runner-up: 1