Iain Ferguson Player Profile




Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1987-88 42 (11) 53 16 4 0 33 (6) 11 9 (5) 5
1986-87 50 (1) 51 28 7 0 35 (1) 16 15 12
Totals: 92 (12) 44 68 (7) 27 24 (5) 17

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

 Recent First Team Starts
May 14th, 1988 14/05/88 Final vs. Celtic (N) 1 - 2
May 7th, 1988 07/05/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 0
Apr 30th, 1988 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 4 - 0
Apr 23rd, 1988 23/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 2
Apr 20th, 1988 20/04/88 Semi Final 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 1 - 0

 Recent First Team Goals
Apr 23rd, 1988 23/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 2
Apr 20th, 1988 20/04/88 Semi Final 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 1 - 0
Mar 30th, 1988 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 1
Mar 28th, 1988 28/03/88 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 0
Dec 26th, 1987 26/12/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Apr 23rd, 1988 23/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 2 (3')
Apr 20th, 1988 20/04/88 Semi Final 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 1 - 0 (76')
Mar 30th, 1988 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 1 (51')
Mar 28th, 1988 28/03/88 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 0 (80')
Dec 26th, 1987 26/12/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2 (64')
Dec 12th, 1987 12/12/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1 (35')
Nov 21st, 1987 21/11/87 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 0 (65')
Nov 7th, 1987 07/11/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 2 (86')
Oct 31st, 1987 31/10/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 3 (7')
Oct 24th, 1987 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1 (88')
Oct 21st, 1987 21/10/87 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Vitkovice (H) 1 - 2 (24')
Oct 10th, 1987 10/10/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 0 (75')
Oct 3rd, 1987 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1 (8')
Sep 2nd, 1987 02/09/87 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2 (7')
Aug 22nd, 1987 22/08/87 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 4 (87')
Aug 19th, 1987 19/08/87 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H) 4 - 1 (88')
Apr 25th, 1987 25/04/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1 (87')
Apr 25th, 1987 25/04/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1 (49')
Apr 22nd, 1987 22/04/87 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. M'gladbach (A) 2 - 0 (43')
Apr 11th, 1987 11/04/87 Semi Final vs. Dundee (N) 3 - 2 (54')
Apr 11th, 1987 11/04/87 Semi Final vs. Dundee (N) 3 - 2 (29')
Mar 24th, 1987 24/03/87 Quarter Final Rep. vs. Forfar Athletic (A) 2 - 0 (53')
Mar 18th, 1987 18/03/87 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (A) 2 - 1 (89')
Mar 14th, 1987 14/03/87 Quarter Final vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 2 - 2 (90') p
Feb 14th, 1987 14/02/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0 (87')
Feb 9th, 1987 09/02/87 3rd Round Replay vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 1 (28')
Feb 7th, 1987 07/02/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1 (12')
Jan 10th, 1987 10/01/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2 (7')
Dec 20th, 1986 20/12/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 1 (89')
Dec 13th, 1986 13/12/86 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1 (50')
Nov 19th, 1986 19/11/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 3 - 0 (78')
Nov 1st, 1986 01/11/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0 (77') p
Oct 8th, 1986 08/10/86 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0 (24')
Oct 4th, 1986 04/10/86 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0 (35')
Oct 4th, 1986 04/10/86 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0 (32')
Sep 24th, 1986 24/09/86 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 1 - 2 (84')
Sep 20th, 1986 20/09/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 5 - 1 (70')
Sep 20th, 1986 20/09/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 5 - 1 (62')
Sep 13th, 1986 13/09/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 2 (64')
Sep 3rd, 1986 03/09/86 Quarter Final vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0 (84')
Sep 3rd, 1986 03/09/86 Quarter Final vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0 (76')
Aug 30th, 1986 30/08/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0 (83')
Aug 27th, 1986 27/08/86 3rd Round vs. Ayr Utd (A) 3 - 0 (77') p
Aug 27th, 1986 27/08/86 3rd Round vs. Ayr Utd (A) 3 - 0 (71')

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
May 14th, 1988 14/05/88 Final vs. Celtic (N) 1 - 2
May 7th, 1988 07/05/88 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 0
Apr 30th, 1988 30/04/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 4 - 0
Apr 23rd, 1988 23/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 2
Apr 20th, 1988 20/04/88 Semi Final 2nd Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 1 - 0
Apr 16th, 1988 16/04/88 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 4
Apr 13th, 1988 13/04/88 Semi Final Replay vs. Aberdeen (N) 1 - 1 (sub)
Apr 9th, 1988 09/04/88 Semi Final vs. Aberdeen (N) 0 - 0 (sub)
Apr 2nd, 1988 02/04/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 0 (sub)
Mar 30th, 1988 30/03/88 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 5 - 1
Mar 28th, 1988 28/03/88 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 0 (sub)
Mar 26th, 1988 26/03/88 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 0
Mar 19th, 1988 19/03/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 2 (sub)
Mar 15th, 1988 15/03/88 Quarter Final Replay vs. Dundee (H) 2 - 2
Mar 12th, 1988 12/03/88 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Mar 5th, 1988 05/03/88 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 0 - 0 (sub)
Feb 27th, 1988 27/02/88 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 1 (sub)
Feb 6th, 1988 06/02/88 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 2 - 0 (sub)
Jan 30th, 1988 30/01/88 3rd Round vs. Arbroath (A) 7 - 0 (sub)
Jan 16th, 1988 16/01/88 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 0 (sub)
Jan 9th, 1988 09/01/88 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 0 - 0
Jan 2nd, 1988 02/01/88 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 0 - 0
Dec 26th, 1987 26/12/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 2
Dec 19th, 1987 19/12/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0
Dec 16th, 1987 16/12/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 2
Dec 12th, 1987 12/12/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1
Dec 5th, 1987 05/12/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 1
Nov 28th, 1987 28/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 3
Nov 24th, 1987 24/11/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 1 - 4
Nov 21st, 1987 21/11/87 Premier Division vs. Morton (A) 1 - 0
Nov 18th, 1987 18/11/87 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 0 - 3
Nov 14th, 1987 14/11/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (H) 1 - 0
Nov 7th, 1987 07/11/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 2
Nov 4th, 1987 04/11/87 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Vitkovice (A) 1 - 1
Oct 31st, 1987 31/10/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 3
Oct 28th, 1987 28/10/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 0
Oct 24th, 1987 24/10/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 1
Oct 21st, 1987 21/10/87 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Vitkovice (H) 1 - 2
Oct 17th, 1987 17/10/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Oct 10th, 1987 10/10/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 1 - 0
Oct 6th, 1987 06/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dunfermline (A) 0 - 0
Oct 3rd, 1987 03/10/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
Sep 26th, 1987 26/09/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 0
Sep 19th, 1987 19/09/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 0 - 2
Sep 17th, 1987 17/09/87 1st Round 1st Leg vs. Coleraine (A) 1 - 0
Sep 12th, 1987 12/09/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 2
Sep 5th, 1987 05/09/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 0 - 0
Sep 2nd, 1987 02/09/87 Quarter Final vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 2
Aug 29th, 1987 29/08/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 1
Aug 25th, 1987 25/08/87 3rd Round vs. Raith Rovers (A) 2 - 1
Aug 22nd, 1987 22/08/87 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 4
Aug 19th, 1987 19/08/87 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H) 4 - 1
Aug 15th, 1987 15/08/87 Premier Division vs. Morton (H) 3 - 1
May 20th, 1987 20/05/87 Final 2nd Leg vs. IFK (H) 1 - 1
May 16th, 1987 16/05/87 Final vs. St Mirren (N) 0 - 1
May 9th, 1987 09/05/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 0 - 1
Apr 28th, 1987 28/04/87 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 2 - 1 (sub)
Apr 25th, 1987 25/04/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 1
Apr 22nd, 1987 22/04/87 Semi Final 2nd Leg vs. M'gladbach (A) 2 - 0
Apr 18th, 1987 18/04/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 1
Apr 14th, 1987 14/04/87 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 0 - 0
Apr 11th, 1987 11/04/87 Semi Final vs. Dundee (N) 3 - 2
Apr 8th, 1987 08/04/87 Semi Final 1st Leg vs. M'gladbach (H) 0 - 0
Mar 28th, 1987 28/03/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 1 - 1
Mar 24th, 1987 24/03/87 Quarter Final Rep. vs. Forfar Athletic (A) 2 - 0
Mar 21st, 1987 21/03/87 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 1
Mar 18th, 1987 18/03/87 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Barcelona (A) 2 - 1
Mar 14th, 1987 14/03/87 Quarter Final vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 2 - 2
Mar 10th, 1987 10/03/87 Premier Division vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 1
Mar 7th, 1987 07/03/87 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 1 - 1
Mar 4th, 1987 04/03/87 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Barcelona (H) 1 - 0
Feb 28th, 1987 28/02/87 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A) 1 - 0
Feb 21st, 1987 21/02/87 4th Round vs. Brechin City (A) 1 - 0
Feb 14th, 1987 14/02/87 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 2 - 0
Feb 9th, 1987 09/02/87 3rd Round Replay vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 1
Feb 7th, 1987 07/02/87 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 1
Jan 31st, 1987 31/01/87 3rd Round vs. Airdrie (H) 1 - 1
Jan 24th, 1987 24/01/87 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Jan 10th, 1987 10/01/87 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2
Jan 6th, 1987 06/01/87 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0
Dec 27th, 1986 27/12/86 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A) 0 - 2
Dec 20th, 1986 20/12/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 3 - 1
Dec 13th, 1986 13/12/86 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (A) 2 - 1
Dec 6th, 1986 06/12/86 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H) 0 - 0
Dec 3rd, 1986 03/12/86 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 2 - 0
Nov 29th, 1986 29/11/86 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (A) 1 - 2
Nov 22nd, 1986 22/11/86 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
Nov 19th, 1986 19/11/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (H) 3 - 0
Nov 15th, 1986 15/11/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 0 - 1
Nov 8th, 1986 08/11/86 Premier Division vs. Dundee (H) 0 - 3
Nov 1st, 1986 01/11/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 0
Oct 29th, 1986 29/10/86 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H) 0 - 0
Oct 25th, 1986 25/10/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 2
Oct 18th, 1986 18/10/86 Premier Division vs. Clydebank (H) 2 - 0
Oct 8th, 1986 08/10/86 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 0
Oct 4th, 1986 04/10/86 Premier Division vs. Falkirk (H) 2 - 0
Sep 27th, 1986 27/09/86 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A) 1 - 1
Sep 24th, 1986 24/09/86 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 1 - 2
Sep 20th, 1986 20/09/86 Premier Division vs. Hamilton (A) 5 - 1
Sep 13th, 1986 13/09/86 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 2
Sep 3rd, 1986 03/09/86 Quarter Final vs. Hibernian (A) 2 - 0
Aug 30th, 1986 30/08/86 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 0
Aug 27th, 1986 27/08/86 3rd Round vs. Ayr Utd (A) 3 - 0
Aug 23rd, 1986 23/08/86 Premier Division vs. Hearts (H) 1 - 0


Competition History


Comp
LGE 68 (7) 27 5 0
SC 10 (5) 7 2 0
LC 6 7 2 0
UEFA 8 3 2 0
Totals: 92 (12) 44

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


Biography


Iain started his professional career with Dundee, who signed him from Fir Park Boys Club in 1978 and after making his debut scored his first senior goal at the age of 16. A first team regular under Don Mackay, the Dark Blues won promotion to the Premier Division in 1981, and Iain gained international recognition at Under-21 level. In the final league game of the 1982-83 season, Ferguson scored to pull a goal back against United at Dens Park, as the Tannadice side went on to win the Premier Division for the first time.

Having scored regularly against the Ibrox side, Rangers signed him in 1984 for £200,000, and within months he collected a winners medal, scoring the only goal of the 1984 League Cup final against United at Hampden. He then scored two goals against Inter Milan in the UEFA Cup but later found it hard to hold down a regular place in their side.

He returned to Dens Park on loan at the start of the 1986-87 season, and they had a transfer offer rejected by Rangers. Jim McLean then stepped in and brought the striker to Tannadice for £145,000 after two previous bids had been turned down. He made his debut against Hearts the next day. His scoring rate in his first year was remarkable, including a memorable strike from near the half-way line against Hearts at Tannadice in December 1986.
He also scored many important goals that season, including a late penalty equaliser against Forfar Athletic to keep United in the Scottish Cup, and scored a brace against Dundee en route to a Scottish Cup final against St Mirren. Having been cup tied for the earlier rounds of the UEFA Cup, he went on to score against Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach on the way to the UEFA Cup final against IFK Gothenburg. Unfortunately, both competitions ended with United as runners-up.

In 1987-88 he scored the all-important semi-final goal against Aberdeen at Dens Park to set up a Scottish Cup final against Celtic, but again finished on the losing side. A phenomenal instinct for goal, Iain was the Clubs top scorer in each of his two seasons at Tannadice.

He left United in July 1988 to join Hearts for £325,000 and although the fee was to be set by a tribunal, the clubs settled at £325,000. Remembered at Tynecastle mostly for his strike against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup, he also had loan spells at Charlton Athletic and Bristol City before signing for Motherwell in December 1990. He helped them to a Scottish Cup final win over United in May 1991, scoring one of the goals. His next move was to Airdrieonians and then to Portadown, before returning to Dundee for a third spell where he ended his senior career. He played briefly for Gretna before the became a Scottish league club.

Last updated on Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 by B Orr.





Debut

August 23rd, 1986
Dundee United 1 - 0 Heart of Midlothian

League (Premier Division)


Timeline


  • Date of Birth


    Iain was born on this date in Newarthill.


  • Signed For Dundee United


  • First Team Debut

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Hearts
    League (Premier Division)

    Played at great pace this was an entertaining match more typical of a cup tie. Hearts, particularly In the second half, had more of the play but the points went to Tannadice thanks to a Paul Hegarty h


  • First Goal

    Ayr Utd 0 - 3 Dundee United
    League Cup (3rd Round)

    Predictably against any side under the control of manager Ally McLeod, Ayr United fought valiantly and, particularly, in the latter stages of the first half, proved a real handful. A Kevin Gallacher g


  • First League Goal

    Dundee United 3 - 0 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    A three goal salvo in the last twenty minutes shot us to the top of the League, but it took a long time for the United forwards to pierce a strong Saints defence, in truth, although we had dominated p


  • 50th Appearance

    St Mirren 1 - 0 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (Final)

    Our fourth Cup Final appearance in 13 years ended as all the previous ones - in defeat, but this was perhaps the bitterest pill of all to swallow. In truth we never really played well enough to deserv


  • 50th League Appearance

    Dundee United 2 - 3 St Mirren
    League (Premier Division)

    The St. Mirren bogey struck again, but for a long time, the luck appeared to be heading our way after 'keeper Campbell Money had to be replaced. He was one of two Saints carried off but the Buddies ca


  • 100th Appearance

    Dundee United 1 - 0 Aberdeen
    Scottish Cup (Semi Final 2nd Replay)

    The deadlock was finally broken at the third attempt and it was an lain Ferguson header which carried us into our fifth Scottish Cup final over the past fifteen years. There was nothing cagey


  • Last Goal

    Dundee United 2 - 2 Dunfermline
    League (Premier Division)

    The Fifers may have been officially consigned to the First Division, but they went down fighting after a whirlwind start by us. lan Redford headed the ball down to Joe McLeod. Joe's shot was blocked a


  • Last Appearance

    Celtic 2 - 1 Dundee United
    Scottish Cup (Final)

    The adage that lightning doesn't strike twice was disproved in our fifth Scottish Cup final appearance! Only three years have passed since the 1985 Cup final when we lead Celtic by a Stuart Beedie unt


  • Left the Club