Iain Vigurs

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Iain Vigurs
Personal information
Full name Iain Angus Vigurs
Date of birth (1988-05-07) 7 May 1988 (age 28)[1]
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Number 11
Youth career
Albion B.C.
Elgin City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Elgin City 25 (1)
2006–2009 Inverness Caledonian Thistle 21 (1)
2009–2013 Ross County 132 (17)
2013–2015 Motherwell 47 (6)
2015 Inverurie Loco Works 2 (1)
2015– Inverness Caledonian Thistle 37 (7)
National team
2007 Scotland U19 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:35, 1 October 2016.

Iain Angus Vigurs (born 7 May 1988) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He has previously played for Elgin City, Ross County and Motherwell.

Early life[edit]

Born in Aberdeen, Vigurs attended Mackie Academy in Stonehaven, where he lived before his footballing career began. His parents were divorced when he was two and his family were all football supporters. His father Scott played as "a winger or a striker and was very fast" and had trials with Chelsea and QPR, which were unsuccessful.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vigurs played for Stonehaven Youth under 9s, scoring over 50 goals in his only season. Vigurs started his playing career in the youth team of Aberdeen and then was signed by Celtic. However, Vigurs left Celtic when he was fourteen. He quoted: "When I left Celtic I felt like I had failed a little bit."[3][4]

Vigurs played for Elgin City in the Third Division, playing over 20 times since making his debut at age 15. Since joining, Vigurs quoted "I played for a boys club for a season then went to Elgin when I was 15. I loved every minute and gained some good experience playing in the Third Division."[3]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

He then signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, where he was given a twelve-month professional contract[5] and then signed a one-year contract extension with Caley Thistle in May 2008.[6]

He made his home debut for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in May 2008 in a 6–1 win over Gretna. He assisted Ross Tokely's goal and then a minute later scored a goal with a volley.[7] In the 2008–09 season, Vigurs first team opportunities were limited under managers Craig Brewster and Terry Butcher; which saw Inverness relegated to Scottish Division One. He did however manage to score twice, with goals against Arbroath in the League Cup[8] and Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.[9] At the end of the 2008–09 season, it announced Vigurs was among seven players to leave the club.[10] While at Inverness, Vigurs was "criticised for his laid back approach".[11] In December, the club offered him a new contract following his breakthrough into the first team.[12]

Ross County[edit]

Following his release from Inverness, Vigurs joined Highland rival Ross County on a one-year contract.[13][14]

Vigurs made his debut in the opening game of the season, in a 2–1 win over Airdrie United.[15] Vigurs scored a back heel against his old club (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) in his first Highland Derby which Ross County won 3–1.[16] Because of his good performance, he was named the SFL Young Player of the Month award for August 2009.[17] Vigurs would add two more goals against Dunfermline Athletic in two different matches. Vigurs was involved in the Scottish Cup matches that led the club into the final, but loss 3–0 against Dundee United. In the quarter-final replay against Hibernian, Vigurs provided an assist for Scott Boyd to score a last minute goal in a 2–1 win.[18]

In the 2010–11, Vigurs began the season on the substitute bench. Vigurs scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Queen of the South and in a 2–0 win against Queen of the South in the final of Scottish Challenge Cup, Vigurs scored the second goal in the match.[19] Then in the 2011/12 season, Vigurs made thirty five appearances and scoring five times as Ross County won the division title and was promoted to the Scottish Premier League for the first time in the club's history. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Vigurs signed a new one-year contract with the club.[20]

The 2012–13 season, Vigurs played his first Scottish Premier League match in three years, as Ross County drew 0–0 against Motherwell in the opening game of the season.[21] Vigurs would score in three straights matches between 29 September 2012 and 20 October 2012 against St Mirren, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian. Following his first goal of the 2012–13 season against St Mirren, Vigurs described the match as "It was just a freak match. It ended up turning into a basketball game."[22] Vigurs continuously established himself in the first team at Ross County and would add nine goals to his tally in thirty nine appearance in all competitions. Vigurs scored on a free-kick in a 1–1 draw against Celtic on 5 May 2013.[23]

At the end of the 2012–13 season, as his contract is about to expire, Vigurs was linked with St Johnstone,[24] Hibernian[25] and Rangers.[26] During his career, Vigurs referred himself as "Ross County's Mario Balotelli", due to his training-ground eruptions and occasional crazy behavior.[27]


After a move to English Football League One side Oldham Athletic collapsed,[28] Vigurs signed a two-year deal with fellow SPL club Motherwell, on 12 June 2013.[29]

Vigurs made his Motherwell debut in the first leg of the third round of Europa League, in a 2–0 loss against Kuban Krasnodar.[30] Motherwell would be eliminated after Kuban Krasnodar proved to be too strong and failed to win either legs losing 2–0 and 1–0 respectively. Vigurs made his league debut in the opening game of the season, in a 1–0 win over Hibernian.[31] Vigurs contributed plenty of assists to the club, but was unable to score his first goal,[3] that was until 1 January 2014 where Motherwell won 4–0 against St Johnstone.[32] Vigurs' second goal came on 1 March 2014, in a 4–1 win over Hearts.[33] Vigurs then scored two goals in two matches against Kilmarnock[34] and Inverness Caledonian Thistle[35] In his first season at Motherwell, Vigurs made thirty-seven appearance and scoring four times in all competitions, as he helped the club finished third place.

In his second season at Motherwell, Vigurs started his season well when he set up one of Josh Law's goal, in the Europa League second qualifying round 1st leg match against Stjarnan at Fir Park.[36] Vigurs then scored his first goal of the season on 13 September 2014, in a 2–1 win over Ross County.[37] Two months later on 7 November 2014, Vigurs scored his second goal of the season, in a 1–0 win over Dundee United.[38] However, Vigurs ended his season with fifteen appearance and scoring two times in all competitions after suffering from a sciatic problem that kept him out for the reminder of the season.[39]

On 2 June 2015, Motherwell announced that Vigurs was amongst the players leaving the club, with his contract having expired.[40]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle (second spell)[edit]

Following his release by Motherwell, Vigurs went on trial at Barnsley, with a possible a move to win a contract.[41] He then played twice as a trialist for Inverurie Loco Works in the Highland Football League.[42][43]

On 12 August 2015, Vigurs signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle a second time, agreeing a one-year contract.[44] He made his second debut the same day, as a substitute in a 0–0 draw at home against Partick Thistle.[45]

International career[edit]

Vigurs has represented Scotland at under-19 level.

Personal life[edit]

In June 2009, Vigurs, along with his brother Patrick, was charged "with initiating an alleged racially aggravated street attack".[46] In August 2010, the pair were cleared of committing a racial attack in the incident took place outside an Aberdeen nightclub.[47]

In May 2013, Vigurs became a first-time father, which was the reason his move to Oldham broke down.[48][49]


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  32. ^ "Motherwell 4 St Johnstone 0: Four-goal haul opens a fourth year in charge for Stuart McCall". Daily Record. 1 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
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  41. ^ "Rowe and Vigurs on trial as the Reds seek attacking players". Barnsley Chronicle. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  42. ^ "Locos leave Nairn empty handed". Inverurie Herald. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
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  49. ^ "Stars Andrew Shinnie, Murray Davidson & Iain Vigurs have happy memories as they prepare to leave SPL". Daily Record. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 

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