Derek Ferguson

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Derek Ferguson
Personal information
Full name Derek Ferguson
Date of birth (1967-07-31) 31 July 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Calderbank, Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
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.
† Appearances (Goals).

Derek Ferguson (born 31 July 1967 in Castlemilk, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish football manager and former player.

A creative midfielder, he is best remembered for his time with Rangers and Heart of Midlothian and made two appearances for the Scottish national side. He is the elder brother of current Blackpool midfielder Barry Ferguson.[1] His autobiography, Big Brother, written with Bill Leckie, was published in 2006.

Club career[edit]

Rangers[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.[1] 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.[1] In 1989–90 he was loaned to Dundee and it became clear his future was not to be at Ibrox.

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

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.

Later playing career[edit]

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, Alloa Athletic, Hamilton Academical and most recently Raith Rovers.

Ferguson also had a short spell in the 1999-00 season with Portadown FC in the Irish League. He played six games and scored one goal.

International career[edit]

His early performances and potential ensured he was fast-tracked into the Scottish International squad and in the summer of 1988, aged only 20, he gained his only two caps against Malta and Colombia.

Managerial career[edit]

While at Clydebank he was briefly appointed player-manager,[1] while he has also served as a coach at Albion Rovers[2] 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.[3] 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 FC. However it was announced on 3 November 2010 that he will be unable to fill that role due to media commitments.

Honours[edit]

With Rangers:

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Big Brother's eye on Ferguson". The Scotsman. UK. Retrieved 17 December 2006. 
  2. ^ Saunders, Steven (20 August 2006). "Caught in Time: Rangers win a double, 1987". The Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 17 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "Ferguson quits as Stranraer boss". BBC Sport. 24 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009. 

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