Dalserf, Lanarkshire born inside forward Dan Kirkwood played junior football with Ashgill YMCA in 1921 before joining Scottish League First Division club Airdrieonians in 1922, before joining Rangers in 1924. He only played once for their first team, against Partick Thistle in August 1926, having spent time on loan at St Johnstone in 1925. In November 1926 he was signed by First Division Sheffield Wednesday and made his Football League debut at Aston Villa on 20th November, scoring once in 18 appearances during his debut season at Hillsborough. But he only made one further appearance for The Owls before joining Brighton & Hove Albion in August 1928, where he enjoyed two prolific seasons scoring 21 and 31 goals, the former as the club’s top scorer but pipped by one goal by Hugh Vallance in 1929-30. He managed 14 goals in 1931-32 but lost his place in the Brighton team in November 1932 and played only once more for them, having scored 82 goals in 181 appearances. In October 1933 he joined Luton Town, scoring once in 2 games before transferring to Swindon a month later, where he made 8 scoreless appearances before finishing his career in 1934.