Ian Ferguson (footballer, born 1967)

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Ian Ferguson
Personal information
Full name Ian Ferguson
Date of birth (1967-03-15) 15 March 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1984 Clyde youth
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Clyde 26 (4)
1986–1988 St Mirren 57 (10)
1988–2000 Rangers 238 (22)
2000–2002 Dunfermline 60 (2)
2002–2004 Northern Spirit 37 (3)
2005–2006 Central Coast Mariners 3 (0)
Total 418 (41)
National team
1988–1997 Scotland 9 (0)
Teams managed
2009–2010 North Queensland Fury
2010–2013 Perth Glory
2013–2017 Northern Fury
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Ferguson (born 15 March 1967) is a former professional footballer and current football manager. Ferguson, who possessed the superstition of having to play with the right side of his shirt hanging outside of his shorts, is one of the Rangers players elected to the club's Hall of Fame.

Club career[edit]

St Mirren[edit]

Ferguson started his career with Clyde, but was transferred to St Mirren in 1986. He scored the winning goal in the 1987 Scottish Cup Final, as St Mirren won 1–0 against Dundee United.[1]


Nine months after winning the Scottish Cup, he transferred to Rangers for £850,000 - still the record fee received by St Mirren. He is remembered as a key Rangers player, appearing 336 times and scoring 46 goals. Ferguson's total of ten Scottish League titles is a record second only to Bobby Lennox of Celtic (who won eleven). Along with Ally McCoist and Richard Gough, he played a part in every season of Rangers' historic run of nine titles in a row between 1988–89 and 1996–97 under managers Graeme Souness and Walter Smith and also featured in the first title win with manager Dick Advocaat in 1998–99. He found his playing time increasing limited under Advocaat, however, and moved on to Dunfermline Athletic in 2000.

International career[edit]

Ferguson won nine Scotland caps, achieved at irregular intervals over a period of nine years.

Managerial career[edit]

North Queensland Fury FC[edit]

On 15 September 2008, Ferguson was confirmed as the new manager of North Queensland FC leaving his post as assistant manager at Central Coast Mariners. He took up the post straight away in order to give the team the best preparation possible for their inaugural season in Australia's Hyundai A League.[2] Ferguson lasted only one year with the Fury, when the club folded due to financial instability.

Perth Glory FC[edit]

In 2010 Ferguson moved to become the assistant to David Mitchell at the Perth Glory at the end of the 2009–10 season[3] and becoming the coach on 12 October 2010 after David Mitchell resigned.[4] On 27 March 2012 he signed a two-year contract extension with the club.[5]

Ferguson successfully guided Perth Glory to their first A-League Grand Final in April 2012, after beating Minor A-League Premiers Central Coast Mariners in a penalty shootout at the Mariner's home ground in Gosford. However they lost the subsequent Grand Final 2–1 following a late comeback from Brisbane Roar who were awarded a controversial injury time penalty.

Ferguson's contract was mutually terminated on 11 February 2013 as Perth Glory manager, after five straight losses and six hours of game time without a goal scored.

Northern Fury FC (NPL Queensland)[edit]

In 2013, Ferguson was announced as the Director of Football and Coaching at the Townsville NPL Queensland franchise Northern Fury FC[6]

On 16 February 2017, Ferguson resigned as Northern Fury manager, less than a fortnight from the beginning of the Fury's season. He was replaced by Paul Roncato.[7]


As of 9 February 2013
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
North Queensland Fury Australia 15 September 2008 6 April 2010 27 8 8 11 29.63
Perth Glory Australia 12 October 2010 9 February 2013 72 23 14 35 31.94
Total 99 31 22 46 31.31


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