Iain Ferguson

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Iain Ferguson
Personal information
Date of birth (1962-08-04) 4 August 1962
Place of birth Newarthill, Scotland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Fir Park Boys Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1984 Dundee 119 (40)
1984–1986 Rangers 32 (6)
1986Dundee (loan) 3 (2)
1986–1988 Dundee United 75 (27)
1988–1990 Heart of Midlothian 52 (8)
1989Charlton Athletic (loan) 1 (0)
1990Bristol City (loan) 11 (2)
1990–1993 Motherwell 51 (10)
1993–1994 Airdrieonians 31 (9)
1994–1996 Portadown 39 (14)
1996–1997 Dundee 14 (1)
1997–1998 Dundalk 4 (0)
Gretna ? (?)
National team
1982–1983 Scotland U21[1] 3 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Iain Ferguson (born 4 August 1962, in Newarthill, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former professional footballer who played as a striker for numerous Scottish clubs during the 1980s and 90s.


Ferguson started his professional career with Dundee, who signed him from Fir Park Boys Club in 1978. He flourished at Dens Park, becoming a first-team regular under Don Mackay as well as an Under-21 internationalist.

Ferguson's performances attracted attention from larger clubs and in 1984 Jock Wallace signed him for Rangers for £200,000. The Ibrox side were enduring a transitional period however, and after collecting only one medal with Rangers, for the League Cup victory in 1984–85, Ferguson returned to Tayside with Dundee's rivals Dundee United in 1986, Jim McLean paying £145,000 to secure his services.

In his two seasons at Tannadice, Ferguson helped United to reach consecutive Scottish Cup finals, as well as the UEFA Cup final in 1986–87. He scored several important goals during United's European run, netting the winner in the 2–1 defeat of Barcelona at the Camp Nou and the opening goal in the semi-final victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach. United lost by the odd goal in all three finals however, and despite featuring in one of the Tangerines most celebrated sides, Ferguson was destined not to earn silverware there.

In 1988–89 Alex MacDonald equalled Hearts’ record transfer fee to sign Ferguson, as a replacement for the Newcastle United-bound John Robertson. He maintained his penchant for scoring important goals, notching the only goal when Hearts defeated Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup. However, when Robertson returned to Tynecastle a mere 8 months after his departure, Ferguson found his position threatened. The common perception was that the two players’ styles were not compatible, and Ferguson frequently found himself relegated to the substitutes’ bench. He spent time on loan with Bristol City and Charlton Athletic before joining Motherwell in December 1990.

Ferguson quickly became a hero at Fir Park as he helped the Steelmen to their first trophy since the 1950s, the 1991 Scottish Cup. He scored the opening goal as Motherwell defeated his old side Dundee United 4–3 after extra time in a thrilling showpiece. Two years later, he moved to Lanarkshire rivals Airdrieonians before joining Portadown in the Irish League. After a brief return to Dundee, Ferguson spent the second half of the 97–8 season in Ireland with Dundalk, where he made four league appearances and one FAI Cup appearance in an injury hit spell. He then returned to the UK, and played in English non-league football with Gretna.

Ferguson was the subject of an arrest in October 2006 when he was charged with handling stolen football gear at his Glasgow indoor market stall.[2] All charges were subsequently dropped.


See also


  1. "Iain Ferguson". www.fitbastats.com. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. McEachran, John (7 October 2006). "Football star is charged after raid". Daily Record.

Dundalk FC matchday programme, Dundalk v Drogheda Utd, April 1998

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