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 64)
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
1988–1989 Celtic 5 (0)
1989 Hamilton Academical 5 (0)
1989–1990 Ayr United 1 (0)
Total 596 (0)
National team
1976–1986 Scotland 53 (0)
1978 Scottish League XI[2] 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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

Playing career[edit]

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 Partick Thistle team that defeated Celtic 4–1 in the 1971 Scottish League Cup Final.[3]

Rough transferred to Hibernian (Hibs) in 1982. Rough was replaced at Hibs by Andy Goram, who had also taken his place in the Scotland squad. After leaving Hibs in 1988, Rough played in the United States with Orlando Lions. Rough 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.[4] Rough came on as a half-time substitute for Leighton because Leighton had lost his contact lenses.[4] 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.[4] Rough was selected for the finals by Alex Ferguson, but only played in one further international.

After playing[edit]

In the 1990s, Rough had a successful spell as manager (initially player-manager) of junior club Glenafton Athletic.

Rough co-presented a football phone-in show on Real Radio Scotland until July 2012, when the station replaced the phone-in with music.[5][6][7] From August 2006 to June 2009, the Irish-based sports broadcaster Setanta Sports simulcast the show live twice a week on Setanta Sports 1.[8]

He now co-presents a football show along with Peter Martin which is shown on STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh.

Personal life[edit]

Rough married Margaret Barry,[9] a Daily Mirror reporter, in 2009 after a seventeen-year engagement. Barry has two children from a previous relationship.[9] Rough was previously married to Michelle, a former model and Tennent's girl.[9] Michelle and Alan had one son, also named Alan.[9]



  1. ^ Alan Rough, London Hearts.
  2. ^ "Alan Rough". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Philip, Robert. The day Hansen and Thistle were a thorn in Celtic's side, Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2006.
  4. ^ a b c Scots' tragedy in triumph, FIFA, 10 September 2008.
  5. ^ [1], Real Radio.
  6. ^ O'Hare, Paul (24 July 2012). "Shock as final whistle sounds on Real Radio's football phone-in". Daily Record. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ McAulay, Robert (1 February 2011). "DJ quits for the Permier League". The Scottish Sun. News International. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Real Radio scores with Setanta, 7 August 2006
  9. ^ a b c d Smith, Aidan (5 June 2010). "Interview: Alan Rough, goalkeeper". The Scotsman. Retrieved 15 April 2011. 
  • 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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