Ian Ferguson (footballer born 1967)

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Ian Ferguson
Personal information
Full name Ian Ferguson
Date of birth (1967-03-15) 15 March 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984 Clyde youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Clyde 26 (4)
1986–1988 St Mirren 57 (10)
1988–2000 Rangers 238 (22)
2000–2002 Dunfermline 60 (2)
2002–2004 Northern Spirit 37 (3)
2005–2006 Central Coast Mariners 3 (0)
Total 418 (41)
National team
1988–1997 Scotland 9 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 North Queensland Fury
2010–2013 Perth Glory
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ian Ferguson (born 15 March 1967) is a former professional footballer, manager and current Director of Football at Northern Fury FC. Ferguson, who possessed the superstition of having to play with the right side of his shirt hanging outside of his shorts, is one of the Rangers players elected to the club's Hall of Fame.

Club career[edit]

St Mirren[edit]

Ferguson started his career with Clyde, but was transferred to St. Mirren in 1986. He scored in St Mirren's 1-0 win over Dundee United in the 1987 Scottish Cup Final.

Rangers[edit]

Nine months after winning the Scottish Cup, he transferred to Rangers for £850,000 - still the record fee received by St Mirren. He is remembered as a key Rangers player, appearing 336 times and scoring 46 goals. Along with Ally McCoist and Richard Gough, he played a part in every season of Rangers historic run of nine titles in a row. He won ten Scottish League titles, a record second only to Bobby Lennox of Celtic (who won eleven), playing in each season of Rangers' record-equaling run of nine consecutive championships between 1988-89 and 1996-97, and in the first title win under manager Dick Advocaat, in 1998-99. He played in the team under managers Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. He rarely played under Dick Advocaat, however, and moved on to Dunfermline Athletic in 2000.

International career[edit]

Ferguson won nine Scotland caps, achieved at irregular intervals over a period of nine years.

Managerial career[edit]

North Queensland Fury FC[edit]

On 15 September 2008, Ferguson was confirmed as the new manager of North Queensland FC leaving his post as assistant manager at Central Coast Mariners. He took up the post straight away in order to give the team the best preparation possible for their inaugural season in Australia's Hyundai A League.[1] Ferguson lasted only one year with the Fury, when the club folded due to financial instability.

Perth Glory FC[edit]

In 2010 Ferguson moved to become the assistant to David Mitchell at the Perth Glory at the end of the 2009-10 season[2] and becoming the coach on 12 October 2010 after David Mitchell resigned.[3] On 27 March 2012 he signed a two year contract extension with the club.[4]

Ferguson successfully guided Perth Glory to their first A-League Grand Final in April 2012, after beating Minor A-League Premiers Central Coast Mariners in a penalty shootout at the Mariner's home ground in Gosford. However they lost the subsequent Grand Final 2-1 following a late comeback from Brisbane Roar who were awarded a controversial injury time penalty.

Ferguson's contract was mutually terminated on 11 February 2013 as Perth Glory manager, after 5 straight losses and 6 hours of game time without a goal scored.

Northern Fury FC (NPL Queensland)[edit]

In 2013, Ferguson was announced as the Director of Football and Coaching at the Townsville NPL Queensland franchise Northern Fury FC[5]

Statistics[edit]

As of 9 February 2013
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
North Queensland Fury Australia 15 September 2008 6 April 2010 27 8 8 11 29.63
Perth Glory Australia 12 October 2010 9 February 2013 72 23 14 35 31.94
Total 99 31 22 46 31.31

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andy Smith
Dunfermline Athletic captain
2000-2002
Succeeded by
Scott Thomson