With Birmingham City in 2013 pre-season
|Full name||Shane Kevin Ferguson|
|Date of birth||12 July 1991|
|Place of birth||Derry, Northern Ireland|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / left winger|
|2013||→ Birmingham City (loan)||11||(1)|
|2013–2014||→ Birmingham City (loan)||18||(0)|
|2015||→ Rangers (loan)||0||(0)|
|2007–2008||Northern Ireland U17||8||(0)|
|2008–2009||Northern Ireland U19||16||(3)|
|2008–2012||Northern Ireland U21||11||(0)|
|2009||Northern Ireland B||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:33, 31 May 2015 (UTC).
Shane Kevin Ferguson (born 12 July 1991) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who plays for Newcastle United and the Northern Ireland national team. He previously spent two spells on loan to Birmingham City of the English Championship, as well as Rangers of the Scottish Championship. He is capable of playing anywhere on the left flank as a full back or winger.
Born in Derry, County Londonderry, Ferguson began playing youth football for his hometown club, Maiden City Academy, and Gaelic football for Derry GAA. After finishing his GCSEs at St Mary's High School, he moved to England where he was offered a scholarship at the Newcastle United Academy.
Ferguson made his first team debut at left back on 25 August 2010, in a League Cup tie away at Accrington Stanley. He then played in the next round of the League Cup, on 22 September, away at Chelsea and he assisted in the first goal in the 4–3 win. He made his Premier League debut on 5 January 2011 against West Ham United as a second half substitute. He made his first Premier League start against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 April 2011. Ferguson signed a new five-year contract on 27 May 2011, having made a good impression in the final part of the season.
A lengthy lay off due to a pre-season ankle ligament injury sustained against Darlington meant the young full back was unable to travel with the first team to a pre-season tournament in the United States. After appearing in the League Cup second round against Nottingham Forest, he made his first Premier League appearance on 10 December 2011, as a late substitute for Davide Santon.
Loans to Birmingham City and Rangers
In late February 2013, Ferguson joined Championship club Birmingham City on loan until 1 April. He scored his first goal for the club, and his first senior competitive goal, with a free kick from just outside the penalty area, to complete Birmingham's 4–0 away win against Crystal Palace on 29 March. His loan was extended until the end of the season, and he made 11 appearances before returning to Newcastle.
In July 2013, Ferguson rejoined Birmingham on loan for the season. He played regularly at the start of the season, but fell out of favour, and appeared only three times in the last three months of the season after the arrival of Liverpool's Jordon Ibe on loan.
Having made no first-team appearances in the first half of 2014–15, he was one of five Newcastle players to join Scottish Championship club Rangers on loan on 2 February 2015. He was still recovering from a knee ligament injury, and only regained fitness in time to make two appearances: as a second-half substitute in the first leg of the play-off final and as a starter in the second, as Rangers lost out to Motherwell.
Ferguson has been capped for the Northern Ireland national team at various youth levels. He made his senior debut when he came on as a substitute in a 3–0 friendly defeat to Italy on 6 June 2009. He was called up for the 2011 U21 European Championship qualifier against Germany on 13 November but did not leave the bench. Simultaneously, he had also been a regular in the U-19 squad in their bid to qualify for the 2010 European Championships and helped them to a place in the elite round. He played all three matches of that round, but Northern Ireland failed to win any of the games and finished at the bottom of their group.
In May 2011 it was reported that Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington believed that Ferguson would switch his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland after he failed to reply to telephone calls. In the months that followed, Ferguson did not comment on his future at international level. However, under-21 coach Steve Beaglehole later stated that he believed Ferguson never attempted to switch allegiances despite failing to respond to Worthington's calls as he had started in all the 2013 European Championship qualifiers from September onwards. In November, Ferguson ended the speculation by publicly committing his international future to Northern Ireland. On 20 February 2012 Ferguson was included in Michael O'Neill's first squad following his appointment as the Northern Ireland manager.
Ferguson scored his first goal for Northern Ireland in an international friendly versus Finland on 15 August 2012. A year later, he produced what O'Neill called "90 minutes of the really highest quality" as Northern Ireland beat Russia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
- As of match played 31 May 2015
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Birmingham City (loan)||2012–13||Championship||11||1||0||0||0||0||—||11||1|
|Rangers (loan)||2014–15||Scottish Championship||0||0||0||0||—||2[b]||0||2||0|
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