Dale Keenan
Dale Keenan
Dale Keenan
● Dale Keenan, 2013 (SKY)

born in Scotland

Dale Keenan was born on Monday, 27th June, 1994, in Glasgow.

The 6' 0 (11st 5lbs) defender signed for Jackie McNamara's Thistle on Monday, 11th July, 2011, having most recently been with Celtic Boys Club.

Aged 17, he made his debut appearance on Tuesday, 19th July, 2011, in a 4-1 friendly defeat away to Dumbarton.

There were no goals for Dale during his time with Thistle.

He played his last game for the club on Saturday, 7th March, 2015, in a 1-0 defeat away to Ross County in the SPFL Premiership, having appeared as a Jag on 13 occasions.

Dale's club-list included Partick Thistle, East Fife, Ayr United, Stranraer and Troon.

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A Celtic supporter in his youth, Dale spent the early years of his career on the books of Celtic, but was released before he reached the senior ranks. Keenan joined the then Scottish First Division club Partick Thistle as a modern apprentice in summer 2011. A versatile youngster, Dale played in a number of positions across the defence and defensive midfield and starred in various roles with the Development Squad.

A raw 18 year-old, Dale spent season 2012-13 on loan at East Fife to experience first-team football under Billy Brown. He returned to Thistle in 2013 (when the club were promoted to the Scottish Premiership), where Keenan played in the successful Thistle U20 squad. In the summer of 2014, Keenan played in a pre-season friendly against a Sunderland XI and subsequently made his first team league debut the following month, replacing the injured Jordan McMillan in the early stages of a 1–1 draw against Dundee at Dens Park on 16 August 2014. Dale put in a brave performance as 10 man Thistle managed to salvage a well earned point. He made his first league start for Partick Thistle on 23 August 2014, at Firhill against Hamilton Academical.

The signing of Jake Carroll in August 2014 saw Dale look to go out on loan in search of first-team football, and he joined Ayr United under then Manager Mark Roberts, where he would only make 2 appearances before returning to Firhill. Upon return from that loan spell, Dale was called upon on a couple of occasions putting in dependable performances when drafted in to the squad, usually on short notice. Dale was released by Partick Manager Alan Archibald at the end of the 2014/15 season, despite scooping the McCrea Financial Services Young Player of the Year award for the season.

After leaving Partick Thistle, Keenan enjoyed a trial spell at Scottish League One side Stranraer and was signed on a one-year deal by Stair Park Manager Brian Reid on 17 July 2015. Dale originally signed for Troon in February 2016 on a loan deal until the end of the season, when his contract with Stranraer expired. He impressed sufficiently in this spell to be offered a two-year contract at Portland Park as the Seasiders looked to continue their upward trajectory.

20 minutes into his first match of his permanent spell at the club, a pre-season friendly against Ardeer Thistle, Dale suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury to his knee which saw him facing a major operation and forced him to spend the remainder of that season & the beginning of the next on the sidelines, eventually forcing him to give up the game in 2018.


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