Derek Ferguson

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Derek Ferguson
Personal information
Full name Derek Ferguson[1]
Date of birth (1967-07-31) 31 July 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Calderbank, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1990 Rangers 111 (7)
1990 Dundee (loan) 4 (0)
1990–1993 Heart of Midlothian 103 (4)
1993–1995 Sunderland 64 (0)
1995–1998 Falkirk 32 (3)
1998–1999 Dunfermline Athletic 20 (0)
1999 Portadown 6 (1)
1999 Partick Thistle 7 (0)
1999–2000 Adelaide Force 2 (0)
2000 Ross County 10 (0)
2000–2002 Clydebank 55 (1)
2002–2003 Alloa Athletic 27 (0)
2003–2005 Hamilton Academical 25 (0)
2005–2006 Raith Rovers 9 (0)
Total 475 (16)
National team
1988 Scotland 2 (0)
Teams managed
2001–2002 Clydebank
2008–2009 Stranraer
2009 Glenafton Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Derek Ferguson (born 31 July 1967) is a Scottish football player and manager. A creative midfield player, Ferguson is best remembered for his time with Rangers and Heart of Midlothian.

He also played for Dundee, Sunderland, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic, Portadown, Partick Thistle, Adelaide Force, Ross County, Clydebank, Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical, Raith Rovers and made two appearances for Scotland.[2]

Playing career[edit]


Ferguson joined his first senior club, Rangers, from Gartcosh United in 1982. He enjoyed an early experience of first-team involvement when picked to play in Tom Forsyth's testimonial match in 1983, aged only 15.[3] He made his competitive debut in the 1983–84 season and within a year became a first team regular at Ibrox. However, over the next couple of seasons Ferguson gradually fell out of favour at Rangers, a tempestuous relationship with manager Graeme Souness preventing him from developing as expected.[3] In 1989–90 he was loaned to Dundee and it became clear his future was not to be at Ibrox.

In August 1990, Heart of Midlothian spent a then club record £750,000 to take Ferguson to Tynecastle, where he became a mainstay in the Hearts team over the next three seasons. His good performances earned him a move to Sunderland, with manager Terry Butcher signing him in a part-exchange deal which saw John Colquhoun return to Hearts. After two seasons on Wearside, Ferguson moved back to Scotland when Falkirk paid Sunderland £250,000 for his services in 1995. He spent three years with the Bairns before spending a single season (1998–99) with Dunfermline Athletic and a month with Partick Thistle. Ferguson next had a short spell in Australian soccer with Adelaide Force before returning to Scotland to play for a succession of lower league clubs, namely Ross County, Clydebank (scoring once against future club Hamilton),[4] Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical and most recently Raith Rovers. Ferguson also had a short spell in the 1999–00 season with Portadown in the Irish League. He played six games and scored one goal.


His early performances and potential ensured he was fast-tracked into the Scottish international squad in 1988. Ferguson gained two caps during this period, in matches against Malta and Colombia.[5]

Managerial career[edit]

While at Clydebank he was briefly appointed player-manager,[3] while he has also served as a coach at Albion Rovers[6] before becoming Stranraer's assistant manager as part of a new management team at Stair Park with Gerry Britton. When Britton left his post as manager for the vacant assistant manager role at Partick Thistle, Ferguson was put in place as caretaker manager before being handed a contract as manager until the end of the 2008–09 season. Although having a bright start as manager, relations between the club and Ferguson had become strained due to Stranraer's financial difficulties and the club's on-field performances, which led to him leaving the club after an 8–2 home defeat to Stirling Albion.[7] After leaving Stranraer he had a short spell as manager of junior outfit Glenafton Athletic. On 28 October 2010, Ferguson was named as assistant manager of Dumbarton, however it was announced on 3 November 2010 that he will be unable to fill that role due to media commitments.[8]

Media career[edit]

Since leaving Glenafton Athletic, Ferguson has appeared regularly for BBC Radio Scotland as a football pundit.[9] His work with BBC Scotland was cited as his reason for not accepting the role of assistant manager at Dumbarton.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Ferguson is the elder brother of Barry Ferguson, who also played for Rangers and Scotland.[3] His autobiography, Big Brother, written with Bill Leckie, was published in 2006.[10]


  • Scottish League championships (3): 1987, 1989, 1990
  • League Cup (4): 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989


  1. ^ "Derek Ferguson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Derek Ferguson career at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  3. ^ a b c d "Big Brother's eye on Ferguson". The Scotsman. Edinburgh: Johnston Press. Retrieved 17 December 2006. 
  4. ^ "Clydebank 3–2 Hamilton". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 August 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Derek Ferguson at the Scottish Football Association
  6. ^ Saunders, Steven (20 August 2006). "Caught in Time: Rangers win a double, 1987". The Sunday Times. London: News International. Retrieved 17 December 2006. 
  7. ^ "Ferguson quits as Stranraer boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Derek Ferguson performs U-turn on Dumbarton FC assistant manager role". Daily Record. Glasgow: Trinity Mirror. 12 November 2010. 
  9. ^ Murray, Keir (9 December 2012). "Rangers' poor away form is "about attitude", says Derek Ferguson". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  10. ^ Derek Ferguson, Bill Leckie (2006). Big Brother: The Derek Ferguson Story. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1845961626. 

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