Duncan Ferguson Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: Duncan Cowan Ferguson
  • Born: December 27th, 1971 (Stirling)
  • Height: 6' 3
  • Position: Striker
  • Signed: July 1st, 1988
  • First Manager: Jim McLean
  • Career Totals: 88 appearances, 35 goals
  • Also Played For: Everton, Newcastle United, Rangers


Playing History


Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1992-93 33 15 7 1 51.5% 21.2% 27.3%
1991-92 39 (2) 16 4 0 48.8% 24.4% 26.8%
1990-91 13 (1) 4 0 0 50.0% 7.1% 42.9%
Totals: 85 (3) 35


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1
 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1
 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 4 - 0
 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  4 - 0
 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H)  3 - 1
 26/12/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 03/10/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 0
 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 0
 08/08/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 01/08/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 02/05/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 25/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 18/04/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 28/03/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H)  6 - 0
 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H)  6 - 0
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 29/10/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 2
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N)  2 - 1
 13/03/91 5th Round vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 1
 02/03/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 1

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  2 - 1
 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  2 - 3
 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  4 - 1
 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 0
 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  1 - 0
 24/02/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 0
 20/02/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 0
 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  4 - 0
 16/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H)  3 - 1
 05/01/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 3
 02/01/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 2
 26/12/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 0
 12/12/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 2
 01/12/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 1
 31/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 24/10/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 1
 17/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 07/10/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  1 - 1
 03/10/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 19/09/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H)  0 - 1
 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 1
 02/09/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  1 - 2
 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 22/08/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H)  3 - 0
 15/08/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 2
 11/08/92 2nd Round vs. QOS (H)  6 - 0
 08/08/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  1 - 1
 05/08/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  1 - 0
 01/08/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 02/05/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  2 - 1
 25/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 0
 18/04/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  2 - 0
 11/04/92 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 2
 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 1
 28/03/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 3
 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  2 - 0
 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 1
 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 2
 08/02/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 1
 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H)  6 - 0
 11/01/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 04/01/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  3 - 1
 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  4 - 0
 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  2 - 3
 21/12/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 2
 14/12/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  0 - 0
 07/12/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 03/12/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 1
 23/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H)  0 - 1
 16/11/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 1
 09/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 1
 06/11/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  2 - 1
 02/11/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 0
 29/10/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  3 - 2
 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A)  3 - 1
 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 4
 08/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H)  0 - 0
 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 28/09/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 2
 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 1
 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 1
 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  3 - 0
 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 3
 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  4 - 1
 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 4
 18/05/91 Final vs. Motherwell (N)  3 - 4
 11/05/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 1
 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N)  2 - 1
 23/03/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 2
 13/03/91 5th Round vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 1
 02/03/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H)  1 - 0
 23/02/91 4th Round vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 0
 19/02/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  1 - 0
 16/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A)  1 - 2
 09/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 0
 02/02/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 1
 24/11/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  2 - 3
 10/11/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  2 - 1


Biography


Duncan was a schoolboy international who came through the United youth system after signing from Carse Thistle. A part of the successful BP Youth Cup winning side of 1990, the young striker played in pre-season friendlies against Raith Rovers at Starks Park and an Australian XI at Tannadice prior to the 1990-91 season. Three months later he made his competitive debut against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium, coming off the bench in a 2-1 victory. He gradually established himself as a first team regular, scoring his first goal for the Club against East Fife in the Scottish Cup, and became part of the Scotland Under-21 squad. At the end of the 1990-91 season he was a runner up with United in the Scottish Cup, after playing in the final defeat to Motherwell.

In 1991-92, Duncan was United’s top scorer and began to attract attention from clubs south of the border, and his reputation was enhanced by a Scotland cap in May 1992, during the national teams build up for the European Championship in Sweden. He would go on to win four full caps whilst playing with United, including an appearance at Euro'92 against the Netherlands, and would gain a further three caps before a personal fall out with the SFA ended his international career.

A brief fall out with manager Jim McLean during the 1992-93 season - due to the ongoing transfer saga - did not affect the striker's goalscoring form, and at the end of that campaign the Club reluctantly began to accept bids for the player. A deal was concluded with Leeds United, but the striker rejected their terms and agreed a move to Rangers for £4 million - a then record transfer fee between British clubs.

In his first season with Rangers, he collected a Premier Division winners medal, but played in the Rangers side that lost to Dundee United in the Scottish Cup final in May 1994. Towards the end of that season, Duncan was involved in an incident against Raith Rovers that would later lead to him receiving a three-month prison sentence.

In October 1994 Duncan went on loan to Everton, a deal that was made permanent two months later. He played a key role in Everton avoiding relegation and helped the club win the FA Cup in May 1995. He was controversially sold to Newcastle United for around £7 million in November 1998, collecting a runners-up medal in the 1999 FA Cup final. After an injury hit two seasons at St James Park, he returned to Everton to see out his career, later taking up a coaching role.





Debut (as sub)

November 10th, 1990
Rangers 1 - 2 Dundee United

League (Premier Division)

Full Debut

November 24th, 1990
Dundee United 2 - 3 Aberdeen

League (Premier Division)


International Career (Scotland)


Caps: 7

Goals: 0

International Debut: May 17th, 1992 v. United States

United's top scorer in 1991-92, Duncan Ferguson earned a call up to Andy Roxburgh's Scotland squad and played in two Euro '92 warm up matches against the USA and Canada. He made the final squad for the European Championship finals, and came off the bench in Scotland's first match of the competition, in a 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands in Gothenburg. A memorable performance in a friendly against Germany at Ibrox Stadium was his last cap as a United player, with this performance grabbing the attention of several clubs up and down the UK. Although he went of to have a long and successful career in English football, Ferguson only made another three appearances for his country, as he retired from the International set up in 1997 after a fall out with the SFA.

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Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Duncan was born on this date in Stirling.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Non-Competitive Appearance (Friendly)

    Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Dundee United
    Friendly

    A very young United eleven took the field against Raith's fuil First Division side and in the early stages controlled the game and might well have scored on several occasions. John Clark crashed a fre


  • First Team Debut

    Rangers 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Conditions were misty and the pitch greasy for our visit to Ibrox. Dave Bowman,Christian Dailly, Gijs Steinmann and Brian Welsh were recalled to the side. The men who dropped out were the suspended Fr


  • First Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 1 East Fife
    Scottish Cup (3rd Round Replay)

    After the narrow squeak at Bayview, it wasn't anticipated that this replay would prove any easier than that initial meeting. In many ways the second match was a mirror-image of the first. East Fife ag


  • First League Goal

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Dunfermline
    League (Premier Division)

    We maintained our unbeaten record at Tannadice against Dunfermline with a narrow, but thoroughly deserved, victory. Apart from a brief spell in the last ten minutes of the match. we were always in con


  • 50th Appearance

    Celtic 3 - 1 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    A late withdrawal from the squad which was trying to register its first win of the season over Celtic was Finnish International Mixu Paatelainein who was Pittodrie bound. John O'Neil was his replaceme


  • International Debut


    Duncan earned his first International cap for Scotland, playing against United States.


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 1 Hearts
    League (Premier Division)

    The opening of the George Fox Stand saw United turn on some of their most fluent football of recent years. From the moment that Duncan Ferguson gave us a 15th minute lead, for almost an hour we played


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 3 Celtic
    League (Premier Division)

    Play raged from end to end right from the off, but we fell behind to what only can be described as a bizarre goal. In attempting to clear, skipper Maurice Malpas knocked the ball straight up in the ai


  • Last Appearance

    Falkirk 1 - 2 Dundee United
    League (Premier Division)

    Defeat was something the home side couldn't contemplate given their precarious league position and there is no doubt that the Bairns made the more brisk beginning. However, United went on to dominate