Duncan Ferguson Player Profile


  • 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 Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1992-93 33 33 15 7 1 30 12 3 3
1991-92 39 (2) 41 16 4 0 37 (1) 14 2 (1) 2
1990-91 13 (1) 14 4 0 0 8 (1) 1 5 3
Totals: 85 (3) 35 75 (2) 27 10 (1) 8

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Apr 3rd, 1993 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1
Mar 27th, 1993 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
Mar 20th, 1993 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1
Mar 13th, 1993 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Mar 9th, 1993 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Mar 27th, 1993 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
Mar 6th, 1993 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
Feb 27th, 1993 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
Feb 13th, 1993 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 4 - 0
Jan 9th, 1993 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H) 3 - 1

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Mar 27th, 1993 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3 (89')
Mar 6th, 1993 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1 (17')
Feb 27th, 1993 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0 (8')
Feb 13th, 1993 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 4 - 0 (80')
Jan 9th, 1993 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H) 3 - 1 (62')
Dec 26th, 1992 26/12/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 0 (45')
Oct 3rd, 1992 03/10/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0 (89')
Sep 12th, 1992 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 1 (29')
Sep 12th, 1992 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 1 (65')
Aug 29th, 1992 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0 (46')
Aug 29th, 1992 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0 (82')
Aug 18th, 1992 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0 (40')
Aug 18th, 1992 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0 (77')
Aug 8th, 1992 08/08/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1 (15')
Aug 1st, 1992 01/08/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0 (53')
May 2nd, 1992 02/05/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1 (85')
Apr 25th, 1992 25/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0 (19')
Apr 18th, 1992 18/04/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0 (89')
Mar 28th, 1992 28/03/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 3 (71')
Feb 22nd, 1992 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 2 (72')
Feb 1st, 1992 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1 (29')
Jan 26th, 1992 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H) 6 - 0 (28')
Jan 26th, 1992 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H) 6 - 0 (15')
Jan 1st, 1992 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0 (53')
Oct 29th, 1991 29/10/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 3 - 2 (77')
Oct 26th, 1991 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1 (33')
Oct 5th, 1991 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 4 - 0 (14')
Sep 21st, 1991 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1 (37')
Sep 14th, 1991 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 1 (60')
Sep 7th, 1991 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0 (89')
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4 (69')
Apr 6th, 1991 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N) 2 - 1 (61')
Mar 13th, 1991 13/03/91 5th Round vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 1 (75')
Mar 2nd, 1991 02/03/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0 (64')
Jan 29th, 1991 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H) 2 - 1 (93')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
Apr 3rd, 1993 03/04/93 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1
Mar 27th, 1993 27/03/93 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 3
Mar 20th, 1993 20/03/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 4 - 1
Mar 13th, 1993 13/03/93 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Mar 9th, 1993 09/03/93 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 0 - 0
Mar 6th, 1993 06/03/93 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
Feb 27th, 1993 27/02/93 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0
Feb 24th, 1993 24/02/93 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 0
Feb 20th, 1993 20/02/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Feb 13th, 1993 13/02/93 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 4 - 0
Jan 16th, 1993 16/01/93 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 2
Jan 9th, 1993 09/01/93 3rd Round vs. Meadowbank (H) 3 - 1
Jan 5th, 1993 05/01/93 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 3
Jan 2nd, 1993 02/01/93 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 1 - 2
Dec 26th, 1992 26/12/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 0
Dec 12th, 1992 12/12/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 2
Dec 1st, 1992 01/12/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 1
Oct 31st, 1992 31/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Oct 24th, 1992 24/10/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 1 - 1
Oct 17th, 1992 17/10/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Oct 7th, 1992 07/10/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 1 - 1
Oct 3rd, 1992 03/10/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0
Sep 19th, 1992 19/09/92 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 1
Sep 12th, 1992 12/09/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 1
Sep 2nd, 1992 02/09/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 2
Aug 29th, 1992 29/08/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0
Aug 22nd, 1992 22/08/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
Aug 18th, 1992 18/08/92 3rd Round vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0
Aug 15th, 1992 15/08/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 2
Aug 11th, 1992 11/08/92 2nd Round vs. QOS (H) 6 - 0
Aug 8th, 1992 08/08/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 1
Aug 5th, 1992 05/08/92 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A) 1 - 0
Aug 1st, 1992 01/08/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
May 2nd, 1992 02/05/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 1 (sub)
Apr 25th, 1992 25/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0
Apr 18th, 1992 18/04/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 2 - 0
Apr 11th, 1992 11/04/92 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 2
Apr 4th, 1992 04/04/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (H) 2 - 1
Mar 28th, 1992 28/03/92 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 3
Mar 21st, 1992 21/03/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 0
Mar 17th, 1992 17/03/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 0 - 1
Mar 14th, 1992 14/03/92 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Mar 7th, 1992 07/03/92 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 0
Feb 29th, 1992 29/02/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
Feb 22nd, 1992 22/02/92 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 2
Feb 11th, 1992 11/02/92 4th Round vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 2
Feb 8th, 1992 08/02/92 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 0 - 1
Feb 1st, 1992 01/02/92 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 1
Jan 26th, 1992 26/01/92 3rd Round vs. Berwick (H) 6 - 0
Jan 11th, 1992 11/01/92 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 1
Jan 4th, 1992 04/01/92 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 3 - 1
Jan 1st, 1992 01/01/92 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 0
Dec 28th, 1991 28/12/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 3
Dec 21st, 1991 21/12/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
Dec 14th, 1991 14/12/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 0 - 0
Dec 7th, 1991 07/12/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 1
Dec 3rd, 1991 03/12/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1
Nov 23rd, 1991 23/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 1
Nov 16th, 1991 16/11/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
Nov 9th, 1991 09/11/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 1
Nov 6th, 1991 06/11/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 1
Nov 2nd, 1991 02/11/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0
Oct 29th, 1991 29/10/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 3 - 2
Oct 26th, 1991 26/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 1
Oct 12th, 1991 12/10/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 4
Oct 8th, 1991 08/10/91 Premier Division vs. Airdrie (H) 0 - 0
Oct 5th, 1991 05/10/91 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 4 - 0
Sep 28th, 1991 28/09/91 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 2
Sep 21st, 1991 21/09/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1
Sep 14th, 1991 14/09/91 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 1
Sep 7th, 1991 07/09/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 0
Sep 3rd, 1991 03/09/91 Quarter Final vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 3 (sub)
Aug 13th, 1991 13/08/91 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 4 - 1
Aug 10th, 1991 10/08/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 4
May 18th, 1991 18/05/91 Final vs. Motherwell (N) 3 - 4
May 11th, 1991 11/05/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 0 - 1
Apr 6th, 1991 06/04/91 Semi Final vs. St Johnstone (N) 2 - 1
Mar 23rd, 1991 23/03/91 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 1 - 2
Mar 13th, 1991 13/03/91 5th Round vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 1
Mar 2nd, 1991 02/03/91 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0
Feb 23rd, 1991 23/02/91 4th Round vs. Airdrie (H) 2 - 0
Feb 19th, 1991 19/02/91 Premier Division vs. St Johnstone (A) 1 - 0
Feb 16th, 1991 16/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 2
Feb 9th, 1991 09/02/91 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 0 - 0
Feb 2nd, 1991 02/02/91 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
Jan 29th, 1991 29/01/91 3rd Round Replay vs. East Fife (H) 2 - 1
Nov 24th, 1990 24/11/90 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 3
Nov 10th, 1990 10/11/90 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 2 - 1 (sub)


Competition History


Comp
LGE 75 (2) 27 11 1
SC 8 6 0 0
LC 2 (1) 2 0 0
Totals: 85 (3) 35

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


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.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 by B Orr.





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


  • Left the Club