Kris Doolan

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Kris Doolan
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Personal information
Date of birth (1986-12-11) 11 December 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth Irvine, Scotland
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Arbroath
Number 14
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2007 Kello Rovers
2007–2009 Auchinleck Talbot
2009–2019 Partick Thistle 332 (107)
2010Clyde (loan) 9 (0)
2019–2020 Ayr United 11 (1)
2020 Greenock Morton 1 (0)
2020– Arbroath 20 (3)
National team
2008 Scotland Juniors [1] 3
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 21:53, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

Kris Doolan (born 11 December 1986) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Arbroath.

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Having spent the majority of his professional career at Partick Thistle, Doolan has also previously played for Kello Rovers, Auchinleck Talbot, Clyde, Ayr United and Greenock Morton. Doolan has also represented Scotland at junior level for the 2008 Junior International Quadrangular Tournament held on the Isle of Man.

Doolan joined Partick Thistle in 2009 after an impressive start to his career in the Scottish junior leagues with Kello Rovers and Auchinleck Talbot. He became one of their most prolific and consistent goal scorers in the club's history, currently in joint fourth position in the all-time top scorers list [2] In recognition for his services to the club, Doolan was inducted into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame in March 2019. He was released by Thistle at the end of the 201819 season and has since played for Ayr United and Morton.

Club career

Junior football

Born in Irvine, he began his career by playing in the Junior leagues, first with a two-year stint at Kello Rovers, before moving on to Auchinleck Talbot. He had a successful time at Beechwood Park, and eventually went on trial for Scottish First Division club Partick Thistle.

Partick Thistle

2009–10

Following a successful trial, Doolan was signed by Partick manager Ian McCall on an 18-month deal from Auchinleck on 9 January 2009. [3] [4] He made his debut on 10 January 2009, in a 3–0 defeat against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a Scottish Cup tie. [5] His first goal for the club came on 24 January 2009, against Queen of the South. [6]

On 5 February 2010, Doolan was sent out on loan to Clyde to help them try and avoid relegation to the Third Division. [7] After returning to Firhill, Doolan struggled to cement his place in the starting eleven. However, he subsequently scored a spectacular 92nd-minute goal on the final day of the 2009–10 season against Queen of the South to give The Jags a 1–0 victory. [8] Doolan was Thistle's top scorer in the 2010–11 season with 18 goals. [9]

2012–13

During the 2012–13 season Doolan was named as Scottish Football League Player of the Month for March 2013. [10] On 7 April 2013, he scored in the last seconds of extra-time against Queen of the South in the 2013 Scottish Challenge Cup Final to make it 1–1 and take the match to penalties. Doolan scored with his kick, however Partick Thistle were defeated 6–5. [11] Doolan's goals helped Thistle secure the 2012–13 Scottish First Division title and subsequent promotion to the new Scottish Premiership.

2013–14

Having gained promotion, Doolan signed a new two-year contract on 21 May 2013. [12] Doolan scored his first top-flight goal for Thistle in their 3–1 away victory against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium. Following a poor run of results for Thistle, striker Lyle Taylor was brought in on loan from Sheffield United in the January transfer window. Goals from Doolan and Taylor eventually helped Thistle secure their place in the Scottish Premiership for the 2014–15 season.

2014–15

On 24 May 2014, Doolan extended his contract with Partick Thistle by another two years, keeping him at the club until May 2016. [13]

Doolan scored his first goal of the 2014–15 season in a 1–0 Scottish League Cup away win to Greenock Morton in the on 26 August 2014. As of 18 October 2014, Doolan had played 203 games and has scored 70 goals in all competitions for Partick Thistle. [14] On 21 January 2015, Doolan scored four goals against Hamilton Academical in a 5–0 win at Firhill, making him the first Thistle player to score four goals in a top-flight match since George Shaw in 1992, and the first footballer to score a perfect hat-trick in the Scottish Premiership since its formation in 2013. [15]

2015–16

On 18 January 2016, during the January transfer window, Doolan signed a new contract extension with Thistle to keep him at the club until the summer of 2019. The contract will take him to 10 years of service, and consequently a testimonial year.

2016–17

Doolan scored his first goal of the 2016–17 season in a League Cup group stage tie scoring the winner against Airdrieonians. [16] He scored his first league goal of the season in a 2–0 away win against Dundee at Dens Park making it 2–0 with a second half strike. [17] Doolan scored his 100th, and then 101st professional goal for Partick Thistle on 1 April 2017 against Ross County at Firhill. [18]

2017–18

On 21 April 2018, Doolan scored his 100th league goal in a crucial post-split fixture against Hamilton, making him the first ever Partick Thistle player to score 100 league goals.[ citation needed ] He played in both legs of the Premiership play-offs against Livingston, scoring his club's only goal in the tie as they were defeated 3–1 on aggregate and relegated to the Championship. [19]

2018–19: Last season at Firhill

On 1 September 2018, in a league match at Firhill against Greenock Morton, Doolan scored a legitimate goal which was not awarded: the ball struck the underside of the crossbar from his shot, bounced on the solid tube holding the net to the ground, came back out of the goal area and was kicked into touch by a frustrated defender. The minimal movement of the net itself deceived the referee Barry Cook into believing the ball had not crossed the line and he awarded a throw-in, despite the usual reactions of the home team and fans celebrating and the away team starting to walk back to their positions to kick off. [20] Thistle still won 1–0 despite the error and Doolan was awarded a goal bonus which he donated to charity, with the amount matched by the club. [21]

A similar incident had occurred at the same end of the same stadium in 1993 when a shot by Dundee United's Paddy Connolly entered the goal and rebounded off the supporting stanchion, but was not awarded even though a defender then caught the ball and handed it to the goalkeeper. [22]

On 16 March 2019, Doolan was inducted into the Partick Thistle Hall of Fame at Firhill Stadium. [23] Teammates and friends including Chris Erskine, Steven Lawless, Scott McDonald and Gary Harkins were in attendance, alongside Manager Gary Caldwell. On 23 April 2019, Doolan made his 400th appearance for the club, coming on as a substitute for McDonald against Ayr United.

After a difficult return season to the Championship, with the club having successfully fought off further relegation, on 9 May 2019, manager Gary Caldwell informed Doolan that his contract with Thistle would not be renewed, bringing to an end his 10-year stay at the Firhill club. Partick Thistle chairman Jacqui Low stated: "Kris is, and always will be, a legend at Partick Thistle Football Club. Legend is an overused word but he has earned that title. The service he has given to the club both on and off the pitch is almost unmatched." [24]

Doolan ended his Thistle career with 401 appearances, 121 goals and 34 assists.

Ayr United

On 24 June 2019, Doolan signed a one-year deal with Ayr United and once again linked up with then former Thistle manager, Ian McCall. [25] Doolan scored twice on his Ayr United debut as Ayr beat Berwick Rangers 7-0 in the league cup. [26] Doolan scored his first league goal for Ayr against former club Partick Thistle in a 3-2 win at Firhill. [27]

Doolan was released from his contract with the club on 30 January 2020. [28]

Greenock Morton

On 6 February 2020, Doolan signed until June 2020 with Greenock Morton [29] After the season being cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Doolan left Morton on the 1st of August 2020. [30]

Arbroath

On 14 August 2020, Doolan signed with Arbroath. [31]

Style of play

"First and foremost he's one of the best professionals I've worked with. He's great about the place, gives everything he's got in training. He's an all-round model professional, and one that I think every young player at Thistle should look up to, take lessons from his work ethic and watch how he goes about his business. He's a role model with a great attitude to his work."

Scott Paterson, January 2016

It is believed Doolan's talent was brought out due to the small and difficult pitches used by junior football clubs. Auchinleck Talbot scouts noted his ability to find space and utilise his "explosive pace." Along with his playing ability, he has been described as a "model professional", with leadership ability and commitment to his club. [32]

Similarly to teammate former Thistle teammate Chris Erskine, his emergence from the Scottish junior leagues has been a testament to his success and work ethic as a player and has further proven the quality and potential of younger players in the junior football leagues. [33]

International career

Doolan's form at Auchinleck Talbot was recognised by the Scottish Junior Football Association (SJFA) with his selection for the Umbro Quadrangular Tournament in 2008. He appeared in all three matches at the tournament and tallied one goal against Northern Ireland in a 4–3 victory. [34]

Personal life

Despite growing up in Auchinleck, Doolan supported Premiership team Kilmarnock. He is married and lives in Kilmarnock.[ citation needed ]

Career statistics

As of 30 April 2021 [35]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeague Scottish Cup League Cup OtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Partick Thistle 2008–09 [36] Scottish First Division 165100000175
2009–10 [37] 17200002 [lower-alpha 1] 1192
2010–11 [38] 331521104 [lower-alpha 1] 24018
2011–12 [39] 341330102 [lower-alpha 1] 04013
2012–13 [40] 331320204 [lower-alpha 1] 24115
2013–14 [41] Scottish Premiership 351110203811
2014–15 [42] 35920314010
2015–16 [43] 361420103914
2016–17 [44] 371430514515
2017–18 [45] 33621532 [lower-alpha 2] 14211
2018–19 [46] Scottish Championship 30620502 [lower-alpha 1] 0396
Total332105202255166401121
Clyde (loan)2009–10 [37] Scottish Second Division 9000000090
Ayr United 2019–20 [47] Scottish Championship 111104210173
Greenock Morton 2019–20 [48] Scottish Championship 1000000010
Arbroath 2020–21 [49] Scottish Championship 203005000253
Career total373109212347176453127

Honours

Club

Partick Thistle

International

Scotland Junior team

Individual

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