20 Facts About Alan Rough


Alan Roderick Rough is a Scottish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper.

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Alan Rough won 53 caps for Scotland and played in two FIFA World Cups.

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Alan Rough had a long club career, principally with Partick Thistle and Hibernian.

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Since retiring as a player, Rough had a spell as manager of junior club Glenafton Athletic and has worked in the media, particularly on radio phone-in shows.

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Alan Rough was born in Glasgow and was educated at Knightswood Secondary School.

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Alan Rough was eventually replaced by Andy Goram, who took his place in the Scotland squad.

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Alan Rough had spells with Celtic, Hamilton Academical and Ayr United before leaving senior football.

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Alan Rough was chosen for the Scotland under-18s for the UEFA under-18 Euros held on home soil in 1970.

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Alan Rough played in two FIFA World Cup tournaments for Scotland, in 1978 and 1982.

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Alan Rough played 53 times for his country, keeping a clean sheet in 16 of those games.

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At the time of his retirement, Alan Rough was Scotland's most capped goalkeeper, but this record has since been broken by Jim Leighton.

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Alan Rough came on as a half-time substitute because Leighton had lost his contact lenses.

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Alan Rough was selected for the finals squad by Alex Ferguson, but only played in one further international.

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Alan Rough had a successful five-year spell as the manager of Junior club Glenafton Athletic after being appointed in 1990.

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Alan Rough co-presented a football phone-in show on Real Radio Scotland until July 2012, when the station replaced the phone-in with music.

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Alan Rough later co-presented a football show along with Peter Martin shown on STV2 and STV.

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Alan Rough was appointed to the Partick Thistle board of directors in June 2018, and he resigned from this position in July 2019.

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Alan Rough married Margaret Barry, a Daily Mirror reporter, in 2009 after a seventeen-year engagement.

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Alan Rough was previously married to Michelle, a former model and Tennent's girl.

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Alan Rough was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2022 Birthday Honours for services to association football and to charity in Scotland.

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