Alan Rough

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Alan Rough
Personal information
Full name Alan Roderick Rough[1]
Date of birth (1951-11-25) 25 November 1951 (age 66)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1982 Partick Thistle 409 (0)
1982–1988 Hibernian 175 (0)
1988 Orlando Lions
1988 Celtic 5 (0)
1989 Hamilton Academical 5 (0)
1989–1990 Ayr United 1 (0)
1990–1991 Glenafton Athletic
Total 596 (0)
National team
1973–1976 Scotland under-23[2] 9 (0)
1976–1986 Scotland 53 (0)
1978 Scottish League XI[3] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1990–1995 Glenafton Athletic[4]
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Alan Roderick Rough (born 25 November 1951) is a Scottish former footballer, who played as a goalkeeper. Rough won over 50 caps and played in two FIFA World Cups for Scotland. He also had a long club career, principally with Partick Thistle and Hibernian.

Since retiring as a player, Rough had a spell as manager of junior club Glenafton Athletic and has worked in the media, particularly on radio phone-in shows.

Early life[edit]

Rough was born in Glasgow and was educated at Knightswood Secondary School.[5]

Club career[edit]

After making his debut at the end of season 1969–70, Rough went on to play a total of 624 games for Partick Thistle in all competitions (409 in the league). He was a member of the Jags team that defeated Celtic 4–1 in the 1971 Scottish League Cup Final.[6]

Rough told The Scotsman: "I loved playing for Thistle, loved winning the League Cup with them, and maybe I stayed there too long but that was me. I never thought about 'career' and I never bothered about money. All of my business ventures – the pub in Maryhill, the sports shop in Musselburgh – failed. But I absolutely loved standing in the Wembley tunnel next to these English stars like Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes when I was on 40 quid a week at Thistle, when the previous week at Firhill the crowd had been 2100, and we were about to walk on to the park and enjoy a famous win."[7]

Shortly after his testimonial game in 1982 (Scotland XI vs Celtic),[8] Rough transferred to Hibernian (Hibs) for a £60,000 fee.[9] He was eventually replaced by Andy Goram, who also took his place in the Scotland squad.

After leaving Hibs in 1988, Rough played in the United States with Orlando Lions. He also had spells with Celtic (covering for the injured Pat Bonner), Hamilton Academical and Ayr United before leaving senior football.

International career[edit]

Rough played in two FIFA World Cup tournaments for Scotland, in 1978 and 1982. He played 53 times for his country, keeping a clean sheet in 16 of those games. At the time of his retirement, Rough was Scotland's most capped goalkeeper, but this record has since been broken by Jim Leighton.

Rough's penultimate cap was won in the tragic circumstances of the 1–1 draw with Wales at Ninian Park, Cardiff in 1985.[10] Rough came on as a half-time substitute for Leighton because Leighton had lost his contact lenses.[10] The result, secured by a late Davie Cooper penalty kick, meant that Scotland qualified for a qualifying play-off against Australia, but manager Jock Stein collapsed and died at the end of the match.[10] Rough was selected for the finals by Alex Ferguson, but only played in one further international.

Managerial career[edit]

Rough had a successful five-year spell as the manager (initially player-manager) of Junior club Glenafton Athletic after being appointed in 1990.[11] He led the team to three Scottish Junior Cup finals in a row between 1991–92 to 1993–94, also reaching the semi-finals in 1990–91 and 1994–95.[11] Glenafton lost 4–0 to Auchinleck Talbot in the 1992 final and 1–0 to Largs Thistle in the 1994 final,[11] but did beat Tayport 1–0 in the 1993 final at Firhill Stadium (Rough's home ground for much of his playing career), winning the trophy for the first time.[11] The team also added the Ayrshire First Division title and the Ayrshire Cup to make it a treble in 1992–93, the most successful season in the club's history.[11]

Media career[edit]

Rough co-presented a football phone-in show on Real Radio Scotland until July 2012, when the station replaced the phone-in with music.[12][13][14] From August 2006 to June 2009, the Irish sports broadcaster Setanta Sports simulcasted the show live twice a week on Setanta Sports 1.[15]

He later co-presented a football show along with Peter Martin shown on STV2[16] and STV.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Rough married Margaret Barry,[7] a Daily Mirror reporter, in 2009 after a seventeen-year engagement. Barry has two children from a previous relationship.[7] Rough was previously married to Michelle, a former model and Tennent's girl.[7] Michelle and Alan had one son, also named Alan.[7]


Partick Thistle

Scotland national team

Glenafton Athletic



  1. ^ Alan Rough, London Hearts.
  2. ^ "Scotland U23: Rough, Alan". Bobby Sinnet & Thomas Jamieson. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Alan Rough". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Scottish Cup football: Juniors' chance to come of age in the Cup". The Scotsman. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Kits for Kids: Goalkeeping legend Alan Rough remembers his first strip". Daily Record. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  6. ^ Philip, Robert The day Hansen and Thistle were a thorn in Celtic's side, The Telegraph, 26 October 2006
  7. ^ a b c d e Smith, Aidan (5 June 2010). "Interview: Alan Rough, goalkeeper". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Jackpot - It's Rough but Alan cashes in". Daily Record via TheCelticWiki. Media Scotland. 10 May 1982. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  9. ^ "A Rough Act to Follow - History of Thistle Keepers (newspaper article, 1992)". Partick Thistle History Archive. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Scots' tragedy in triumph, FIFA, 10 September 2008
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Glenafton Athletic (1930–2005)". Original website. Glenafton Athletic FC. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Real Radio Scotland". Archived from the original on 17 April 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  13. ^ O'Hare, Paul (24 July 2012). "Shock as final whistle sounds on Real Radio's football phone-in". Daily Record. Media Scotland. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  14. ^ McAulay, Robert (1 February 2011). "DJ quits for the Permier League". The Scottish Sun. News International. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  15. ^ Real Radio scores with Setanta Radio Today, 7 August 2006
  16. ^ TV bosses confirm ALL exclusive STV2 shows including The Late Show with Ewen Cameron and Peter & Roughie’s Football Show will be axed The Scottish Sun, 17 May 2018
  17. ^ Peter & Roughie’s Friday Football Show kicks off on STV! STV, 24 January 2018
  18. ^ a b "List of Honours". Partick Thistle History Archive. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  19. ^ "1981 – Glasgow Cup". Partick Thistle History Archive. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  20. ^ "New Addition: Stanley Rous Cup-Part 1 (1985)". Soccer Nostalgia. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Scotland - Player of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Partick Thistle Hall of Fame". SPFL. 8 October 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  23. ^ "ALAN ROUGH". Hibernian-Historical-Trust. Retrieved 4 June 2017.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rough, Alan (2006). My Story: The Rough and the Smooth. Headline. ISBN 0-7553-1564-2.
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.

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