Darren Mackie


Darren Mackie
Darren Mackie
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Personal information
Full name Darren Graham Mackie
Date of birth 5 January 1982 (1982-01-05) (age 29)
Place of birth Inverurie, Scotland
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Aberdeen
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–present Aberdeen 302 (57)
2004 Inverness (loan) 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 November 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darren Graham Mackie (born 5 January 1982 in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League. He is currently the club's top Scottish Premier League goalscorer, with 57 goals.

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Club career

Aberdeen

Mackie, a product of the Aberdeen youth system, has been with the club since 1998. He also had a brief loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2004.

Inverness CT (loan)

In January 2004, Mackie moved on loan to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.[1] He made six league appearances for Inverness, but failed to score a goal and returned to Aberdeen at the end of the season.

Return to Aberdeen

He scored 15 goals for Aberdeen in the 2004–05 season - including twelve in the league - which helped his team to a fourth place finish, but they just missed out on UEFA Cup qualification. On 22 August 2006, Mackie missed a decisive penalty in a shock 5-3 penalty shootout defeat to Third Division side Queen's Park.[2] He finished the 2006–07 season with 13 league goals, including one very bizarre one in a match against Kilmarnock on 28 April 2007. Kilmarnock goalkeeper Alan Combe attempted to throw the ball to one of his team-mates, but Mackie, who was walking away from goal, was instead hit on the back of his head by Combe's throw and the ball rebounded over the helpless keeper into the net.[3]

Aberdeen finished third in the SPL in the 2006-07 season and therefore qualified for the 2007–08 UEFA Cup first round, where they faced Ukrainian club Dnipro. The first leg of the tie on 20 September 2007 at Pittodrie ended goalless,[4] but in the second-leg, Mackie netted the opening goal, his 50th goal for Aberdeen. He headed in from close range after a pinpoint cross by Ricky Foster. The match ended 1-1 with Andriy Vorobey scoring the equaliser for Dnipro.[5] Mackie's strike ensured Aberdeen's progress to the group stages of the tournament on away goals and secured a substantial financial windfall for the club. Mackie also scored the only goal of the game against Celtic at Celtic Park in the Scottish Cup quarter-final replay on 18 March 2008.[6]

Mackie scored his 50th league goal for Aberdeen on 20 December 2008 in an SPL match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium and signed a new three-year contract with the Dons in February 2009.[7]

On 19 July 2011, Aberdeen played La Liga side Villarreal at Pittodrie in a testimonial match to mark Mackie's thirteen years with the club.[8] The match ended 1-0 to Villarreal, with striker Giuseppe Rossi scoring the only goal after 53 minutes.[9]

Outside Football

Mackie is an avid reader of car magazines. Despite the fact he admits he does not read books, Mackie was chosen as a reading champion for Meldrum School in Oldmeldrum, citing that The Lord of The Rings as his favorite book saying, "although I haven’t read the book I have watched the films. The book must be good because the films are so good."[10][11]

Career statistics

Correct as of 22 January 2011

Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aberdeen 1999–00 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
2000–01 22 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 26 3
2001–02 34 8 2 0 2 1 0 0 38 9
2002–03 30 4 1 0 1 0 4 1 36 5
2003–04 16 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
2004–05 34 12 3 3 1 0 0 0 38 15
2005–06 27 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 30 4
2006–07 36 13 2 0 1 0 0 0 39 13
2007–08 19 3 3 1 1 0 3 1 25 5
2008–09 29 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 34 6
2009–10 32 4 3 1 1 0 2 0 36 5
2010–11 9 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 12 1
Total 294 57 20 6 14 1 10 2 332 67
Inverness (loan) 2003–04 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Career total 300 57 22 6 14 1 10 2 346 67

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