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Born: 30 July 1958
Came from: Baltimore Blast Went to: Bath City
First game: 15 August 1987 Last game: 05 September 1987
Appearances: 6 (6/0) Goals: 1
Furphy was the son of former manager, player and BBC Radio Devon summariser Ken Furphy and spent almost his entire career in the United States. After brief dalliances with Wealdstone and QPR, the Stockton-on-Tees-born winger moved Stateside at the start of the 1980s, signing for his father's Detroit Express in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the predecessor of the present day Major League Soccer (MLS). Furphy netted 26 times in 65 NASL starts. Being the coach's son worked against him and was responsible for his move to Atlanta Chiefs in 1980, where he stayed for a season before moving to Cleveland Force in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). A four year spell in Cleveland produced an improbable 185 goals from 188 games as well as a brief loan spell back with the now relegated Detroit Express in the Second Division of the American Soccer League (ASL). Furphy returned to the Force before then playing for fellow MISL sides Kansas City Comets, Tacoma Stars and Baltimore Blast. By now a naturalised US citizen, he was recommended to Argyle by his father and signed for Dave Smith's side, playing six league matches and scoring his solitary English league goal with a wonderful strike in a 6-1 home drubbing of Huddersfield in August 1987. After his short spell with Argyle, Furphy briefly spent time with Bath City before returning to the States for a spell with Detroit Rockers in the fledgling National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).
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From Andrew Chapman in Leeds on 25/10/2013 ...
Keith was a random signing in an era when 'foreign' signings were rare and few and far between. I found his background fascinating - UK-born and with local links but had played almost all his career in the States - in the pre-internet days and with it being after the period of the original NASL (in the 1970s), very little was known about 1980's 'American Football' - well the 'proper' sort at least. He had a ridiculous scoring record in the astro-turfed, mysterious leagues of America and scored a wonderful waltzing goal vs. Huddersfield Town in a 6-1 thumping of the West Yorkshire side, before disappearing as quickly as he arrived and returning back to the US; it was brief but he made quite an impression!
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