Ian Ferguson (footballer, born 1967)
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|Full name||Ian Ferguson|
|Date of birth||15 March 1967|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005–2006||Central Coast Mariners||3||(0)|
|2009–2010||North Queensland Fury|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Ian Ferguson (born 15 March 1967) is a former professional footballer, manager and current Director of Football at Northern Fury FC. 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.
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. Along with Ally McCoist and Richard Gough, he played a part in every season of Rangers historic run of nine titles in a row. He won ten Scottish League titles, a record second only to Bobby Lennox of Celtic (who won eleven), playing in each season of Rangers' record-equalling run of nine consecutive championships between 1988–89 and 1996–97, and in the first title win under manager Dick Advocaat, in 1998–99. He played in the team under managers Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. He rarely played under Dick Advocaat, however, and moved on to Dunfermline Athletic in 2000.
North Queensland Fury FC
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. Ferguson lasted only one year with the Fury, when the club folded due to financial instability.
Perth Glory FC
In 2010 Ferguson moved to become the assistant to David Mitchell at the Perth Glory at the end of the 2009–10 season and becoming the coach on 12 October 2010 after David Mitchell resigned. On 27 March 2012 he signed a two-year contract extension with the club.
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)
- As of 9 February 2013
|North Queensland Fury||15 September 2008||6 April 2010||27||8||8||11||29.63|
|Perth Glory||12 October 2010||9 February 2013||72||23||14||35||31.94|
- "Ferguson To Coach New Franchise". Central Coast Mariners Official Site. 15 September 2008.
- "Fergie Out At Fury, Joins Glory". FourFourTwo Australia. 6 April 2010.