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Duncan Ferguson


Duncan Ferguson

Duncan Ferguson
Ferguson in 2013
Personal information
Full name Duncan Cowan Ferguson[1]
Date of birth (1971-12-27) 27 December 1971
Place of birth Stirling, Scotland
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1989–1990 Carse Thistle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Dundee United 77 (28)
1993–1994 Rangers 14 (2)
1994 Everton (loan) 9 (2)
1994–1998 Everton 107 (42)
1998–2000 Newcastle United 30 (8)
2000–2006 Everton 123 (30)
Total 360 (126)
National team
1992–1997 Scotland 7 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:40, 20 February 2010 (UTC).
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:40, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

Duncan Cowan Ferguson (born 27 December 1971) is a Scottish former footballer.[2] He was nicknamed "Big Dunc"[3] and "Duncan Disorderly".[4]

Ferguson began his football career at Carse Thistle before being signed by Dundee United in 1990 on his first professional contract. He moved to Rangers in 1993 for a then British transfer record of £4 million. He spent the remainder of his career in England with two spells at Everton (1994 to 1998 and 2000 to 2006) and Newcastle United between 1998 and 2000. Ferguson retired from football in 2006.

During his career, Ferguson won the FA Cup with Everton in 1995, competed in the qualifying stages of the UEFA Champions League in 2005, also with Everton, and participated in the UEFA Cup in 1999 with Newcastle and 2005 with Everton. He was capped for Scotland seven times but made himself unavailable for selection in his national team due to a dispute with the Scottish Football Association.[5] He has scored more goals than any other Scottish player in the FA Premier League.[6] Ferguson was noted for his aggressive and highly competitive style of play which resulted in nine red cards and a three-month prison sentence following an on-field assault of Raith Rovers' John McStay in 1994.


  • Club career 1
    • Dundee United 1.1
    • Rangers 1.2
    • Everton 1.3
    • Newcastle United 1.4
    • Return to Everton 1.5
  • Coaching career 2
  • Personal life 3
    • Burglary attempt at his home 3.1
    • Convictions for physical altercations 3.2
    • Campaigning 3.3
  • Statistics 4
    • Club performance 4.1
    • International appearances 4.2
  • Honours 5
    • Everton 5.1
    • Rangers 5.2
  • References 6
  • References for statistics 7
  • External links 8

Club career

Dundee United

Born in Stirling, Ferguson played for the juvenile side Carse Thistle. Dundee United signed him as a schoolboy and he went on to win the BP Youth Cup in 1990.[7] Later that year Ferguson made his professional debut for Dundee United against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on 10 November 1990.[7] His first goal was an extra time winner against East Fife in the Scottish Cup on 29 January 1991.[7]

The following season saw him become a first team regular, with 41 appearances and 16 goals he became the club's top scorer.[7] His good form continued in 1992–93 with 33 appearances and 15 goals. The form he displayed at Dundee United also saw him win a call up to the Scottish national team.[7]


In the a 4–0 defeat of Raith Rovers, Ferguson headbutted the visitors' John McStay in the south-west corner of the Ibrox pitch. Referee Kenny Clark spotted the incident and booked Ferguson but he was then subsequently charged with assault and, as it was his fourth such conviction, he received a three-month prison sentence in 1995, by which time he had left the club.[8]

Ferguson scored a last–minute winner against Motherwell, from a Brian Laudrup assist on the first game of the season.[9] Four days later, Ferguson scored a hat–trick in a 6–1 win over Arbroath.[10]

A Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens left Rangers 2–0 down after the first leg.[11]


In October 1994, Everton were struggling under the management of Mike Walker and looking for options to reinvigorate their faltering season. The solution enacted was to take two Rangers players on loan–deal, Ian Durrant for one month and Ferguson for three. Ferguson's move to Everton was later made permanent by Walker's successor Joe Royle, and Ferguson played a key role in not only saving Everton from relegation, but also helping them win the FA Cup.[12]

The subsequent, 1995–96 season was less successful for Ferguson. A persistent hernia problem caused him to be unavailable for large amounts of time, as did his brief spell in prison during the first half of the season.[13]

On 28 December 1997, Ferguson scored a hat-trick against Bolton Wanderers in a 3–2 victory, but Everton finished the season surviving relegation only on goal difference.[14]

Ferguson was controversially sold to Newcastle United for a fee of £8 million in November 1998.[15] The deal was done to sell Ferguson by the Everton chairman,

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kevin Campbell
Everton captain
Succeeded by
Alan Stubbs
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External links

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References for statistics

  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 138.  
  2. ^ "THE LIST: 20-11 of football's greatest hard men". Daily Mail (London). 15 January 2009. 
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Fearon, Matthew (3 March 2010). "The ten best self-destructive sports stars". The Independent (London). 
  5. ^ Duncan Ferguson Article
  6. ^ "See all time scorers in the league - Ferguson higher than any other Scot at 32 as of 2 May 2008". 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Duncan Ferguson". Retrieved 21 Feb 2014. 
  8. ^ SFAQs
  9. ^ McKinney, David (15 August 1994). "Scottish Football: Rangers count cost of McCoist injury". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  10. ^ "Duncan Ferguson factfile".  
  11. ^ McKinney, David (13 August 1994). "Football: Local heroics are not enough: David McKinney on a season of challenges and changes for Scotland". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  12. ^ Potter, Derek (4 October 1994). "Football: Everton loan for Ferguson and Durrant". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  13. ^ Riley, Catherine (1 September 1995). "Ferguson has second operation". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  14. ^ "Ferguson hits hat-trick for Everton". BBC. 28 December 1997. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Ferguson completes Newcastle move". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 November 1998. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  16. ^ "Smith knew nothing about Ferguson move". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 30 November 1998. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  17. ^ Edwards, John (5 October 2007). "Making space on planet Scharner". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 29 October 2007. 
  18. ^ "Review of the Year 2006". Article on Retrieved 11 January 2007. 
  19. ^ McVeigh, Niall (2 August 2015). "Wayne Rooney makes his Everton return in Duncan Ferguson testimonial". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Kent, David (14 May 2013). "New United boss Moyes in his own words". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  21. ^ Hunter, Andy (18 October 2011). "Duncan Ferguson makes unlikely return to Everton as youth coach". Guardian (London). Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  22. ^ "Duncan Ferguson ends feud by joining SFA coaching course". Scotsman. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  23. ^ Swan, Craig (6 June 2011). "Paul Hartley: Joining SFA coaching course felt like I was just starting out in the game". Daily Record. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Latapy goes for UEFA coaching license". 6 January 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  26. ^ Cryer, Andy (14 May 2013). "Duncan Ferguson 'perfect' for Everton job, says Howard Kendall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ferguson in burglar assault probe". BBC News. 15 January 2003. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  28. ^ a b article via NUFC.comSunday Times
  29. ^ Duncan Cowan Ferguson v Andrew Christie Normand (Procurator Fiscal, Glasgow) 1995 S.C.C.R. 770
  30. ^ "Football: Trials of the pounds 4m man: James Traynor looks at the troubled life and career of Rangers' record signing", The Independent, 24 October 1993
  31. ^ a b SFAQs by David Ross, Scottish League Net
  32. ^ "Football-mad musicians: music's obsession with the beautiful game. Osmo Tapio Räihälä and Duncan Ferguson, Classic FM
  33. ^ "Ex-Everton icon backs battle to keep club in city". Liverpool Daily Post. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-09. 
  34. ^ Duncan Ferguson at
  35. ^ Ferguson in ToffeeWeb







Ferguson refused international selection after 1997, in part in protest against his treatment by the SFA after his conviction for assault on John McStay, particularly the imposition of a 12-game ban on top of his 3-month prison sentence.[35]

Cap Date Opponent Score Result
1 17 May 1992 USA 0–1 Win
2 20 May 1992 Canada 1–3 Win
3 12 June 1992 Netherlands 0–1 Loss
4 24 March 1993 Germany 0–1 Loss
5 18 December 1994 Greece 1–0 Loss
6 31 August 1996 Austria 0–0 Draw
7 11 February 1997 Estonia 0–0 Draw
As of 22:09, 3 August 2015 (UTC)[34]

International appearances

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1990-91 Dundee United Premier Division 9 1 5 3 0 0 - 14 4
1991-92 38 15 2 2 1 0 - 41 17
1992-93 30 12 1 1 2 2 - 33 15
1993-94 Rangers Premier Division 10 1 3 0 2 0 - 15 1
1994-95 4 1 0 0 2 3 - 6 4
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Everton Premier League 23 7 4 1 1 0 - 28 8
1995-96 18 5 2 2 - - 20 7
1996-97 33 10 2 1 1 0 - 36 11
1997-98 29 11 1 0 2 0 - 32 11
1998-99 13 4 - 4 1 - 17 5
1998-99 Newcastle United Premier League 7 2 2 0 - - 9 2
1999-00 23 6 6 3 - 3 1 32 10
2000-01 Everton Premier League 12 6 1 0 - - 13 6
2001-02 22 6 2 1 1 1 - 25 8
2002-03 7 0 - 1 0 - 8 0
2003-04 20 5 2 2 2 2 - 24 9
2004-05 35 6 0 0 2 1 - 37 7
2005-06 27 1 2 0 - 4 0 33 1
Total Scotland 91 30 11 6 7 5 - 109 41
England 269 69 24 10 14 5 7 1 314 85
Career total 360 99 35 16 21 10 7 1 423 126

Club performance

All figures correct as of 07:47, 27 December 2006 (UTC)


Ferguson has pledged his support to the "Keep Everton in Our City" campaign, making a rare public statement:


Ferguson's troubles with the law and his imprisonment inspired Finnish composer Osmo Tapio Räihälä to write a symphonic poem as a "musical portrait" of Ferguson,[32] titled Barlinnie Nine, presumably a reference to HM Prison Barlinnie where Ferguson served his sentence.[31]

The first incident led to a £100 fine for headbutting a policeman (he was fined a further £25 for a Breach of the Peace),[29] while the second resulted in a £200 fine for punching and kicking a supporter on crutches. He was sentenced to a year's probation for the third offence.[30] For the 1994 on-the-field headbutting of the opposition's footballer, he received and served a three-month jail term for assault.[31]

Ferguson has had four convictions for assault - two arising from taxi–rank scuffles,[28] one an altercation with a fisherman in an Anstruther pub[28] and, the most infamous, his on–field headbutt on Raith Rovers defender John McStay in 1994 while playing for Rangers, which resulted in a rare conviction for an on-the-field incident.

Convictions for physical altercations

In 2001, Ferguson was the victim of a burglary attempt by two men at his then home in Rufford, between Liverpool and Preston. Ferguson confronted the pair and was able to detain one of them who subsequently spent three days in hospital.[27] The second man managed to flee but was eventually caught. Both men were sentenced to fifteen months imprisonment for their actions.

Burglary attempt at his home

Personal life

In May 2013, former Everton manager Howard Kendall stated that Duncan Ferguson should be considered for the Everton managerial position following David Moyes' imminent exit.[26]

Initially Ferguson was a voluntary worker at the academy, working for fellow Glaswegian Largs, Scotland to earn a UEFA B-License.[23] In May 2012, he returned to Largs to achieve a UEFA A license and in January 2013 he enrolled on a further course and is working towards a UEFA Pro-License. As Of February 2014 Ferguson has been promoted to first team coaching staff at Everton. His first game in the role will be a home game against West Ham United on the first of March 2014 he is reported to be relishing the role.[24][25]

Having spent five years in Majorca following his retirement from playing, Ferguson contacted his former manager at Everton David Moyes. Ferguson apologised to Moyes for not shaking his hand when he left the club in 2005.[20] The pair resolved their differences and Ferguson asked if he could work with the Everton academy students at Finch Farm.

Coaching career

Ferguson played for Everton in a testimonial match in his honour on 2 August 2015.[19]

On 7 May 2006, against West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park, Ferguson was named captain in the game that marked the end of his Everton career. His 90th-minute penalty kick was saved by Tomasz Kuszczak, but he subsequently scored from the rebound, netting his final goal for the club. Ferguson was not given a new Everton deal and retired, moving his family to Mallorca and spurning advances from a number of clubs.[18]

Ferguson's low point of the 2005–06 season was his sending off against Wigan Athletic for violent conduct. His confrontation with Paul Scharner and subsequent fracas with Pascal Chimbonda resulted in a seven match ban and saw his Premier League red–card count reach eight, equalling Patrick Vieira's record. Scharner later claimed that he had sworn at Ferguson in his native language and that the Everton man's punch "was a nice punch".[17]

Ferguson on his testimonial in 2015.

Return to Everton

Injury would once again hinder Ferguson's career and he was unable to participate in the final seven league matches of the season. These injury woes made his position at Newcastle untenable and he was eventually sold back to Everton by Bobby Robson for £3.75 million; almost half the price he was bought for from Everton two seasons earlier. His final appearance came in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to eventual winners Chelsea.

Though it was not to be; Ferguson again found himself struck down by injury and appeared only seven times for Newcastle during the 1998–99 season. He did however make a substitute appearance in the 1999 FA Cup Final. His extended absence lasted from late December until April and curbed the early promise of his Tyneside career. Likewise, the first half of 1999–2000 brought more misfortune for Ferguson.

Upon bringing Ferguson to Newcastle, team manager Ruud Gullit was swiftly rewarded. Ferguson scored twice on his debut against Wimbledon in the Premier League. The final result was a 3–1 victory to Newcastle and the tantalising prospect of Ferguson and Alan Shearer forming a formidable strike partnership.

Newcastle United


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