40 Facts About Barry Ferguson


Barry Ferguson was born on 2 February 1978 and is a Scottish football coach, former player and pundit who was most recently the manager of Alloa Athletic.

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Barry Ferguson totalled 431 games and 60 goals for Rangers, whom he captained between 2000 and 2003 and again between 2005 and 2009.

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Barry Ferguson won the Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup five times apiece for Rangers, including a treble in 2003, which earned him the honour of SFWA Footballer of the Year.

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Barry Ferguson made 45 appearances for the Scotland national team, starting from 1998.

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Barry Ferguson was appointed player-manager of Clyde in June 2014; he resigned from this position in February 2017.

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Barry Ferguson became manager of Kelty Hearts in October 2018, and he left them in May 2021 after guiding them to promotion to the SPFL for the first time.

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Barry Ferguson made it into the last thirty or so candidates, however.

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Barry Ferguson made his debut on the last day of that season against Hearts on 10 May 1997.

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Barry Ferguson made a number of sporadic appearances the following season under manager Walter Smith's policy of easing him into the first team.

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Barry Ferguson scored his first career goal in a League Cup match against Alloa Athletic on 18 August 1998, and played against his brother on three occasions during that season when Rangers faced Dunfermline Athletic, with a 20-year-old Ferguson scoring his first league goal in the match at East End Park.

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Barry Ferguson was so influential the following season that he was given an extended six-year deal at Rangers in October 1999.

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The young Barry Ferguson went on to successfully guide his team to a League Cup and Scottish Cup later that season under manager Alex McLeish, who had replaced Advocaat in December 2001.

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On 29 August 2003, Barry Ferguson joined Premier League club Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £7.

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However, after 16 months at the club, including a lengthy period out through injury after fracturing his kneecap in a Premiership match against Newcastle United, during the January 2005 transfer window, Barry Ferguson submitted a written transfer request, admitting that the draw of playing in the Premiership and a Lancashire derby could not compare with an Old Firm match, nor could the team's desire to win be matched.

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Barry Ferguson later said that the fee Rangers paid was actually £100,000 plus the fees Blackburn owed from the original transfer.

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Barry Ferguson played in the 2005 Scottish League Cup Final and was part of the Rangers team that won the league title on the last day of the season.

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Barry Ferguson played the latter part of the season carrying an ankle injury as Rangers ended up in a third-place finish in the Premier League.

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Barry Ferguson later admitted to handling the ball in the buildup to the goal but that the infringement was unintentional.

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Summer of 2008 saw Barry Ferguson undergo an operation on a fresh injury problem that would see him ruled out until early November; the injury was not the same one that plagued him towards the end of the season prior.

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Barry Ferguson recovered from this setback to help Rangers win the 2009 Scottish Cup Final against Falkirk.

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Barry Ferguson was inducted into the Rangers FC Hall of Fame in 2004 at the age of 26.

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Barry Ferguson made 82 appearances in European competitions, all of them for Rangers, which made him the record European appearance holder at the club.

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Barry Ferguson overtook David Narey's record for the number of European appearances made whilst playing for a Scottish club by starting in a UEFA Cup match against Werder Bremen.

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Barry Ferguson broke Kenny Dalglish's record for the number of competitive European appearances by a Scottish footballer when he played in his 80th match in Europe, against Sporting CP.

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Barry Ferguson helped Birmingham beat Arsenal in the 2011 League Cup Final at Wembley, despite playing the last hour of the game with a broken rib.

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Barry Ferguson accepted, the only such move of his career, and spent three months at Highbury Avenue.

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Barry Ferguson had been named as a substitute for the previous couple of games, under the caretaker-managership of Steve Thompson.

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In October 2013, Barry Ferguson had a sixth and final operation on his ankle, which kept him out until 3 December.

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On 21 January 2014, Barry Ferguson was installed as Blackpool's caretaker manager in the wake of Ince's sacking.

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Barry Ferguson made his full international debut at the age of 20 against Lithuania on 5 September 1998.

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Barry Ferguson was appointed captain of the national side in 2004 by then-manager Berti Vogts, following the retirement of Paul Lambert.

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Barry Ferguson received criticism for being a disruptive influence on the team despite captaining his country for years.

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Levein had hoped he would return, but Barry Ferguson informed him that he wanted to focus on club football instead.

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In June 2014, Barry Ferguson was appointed player-manager of Scottish League Two club Clyde.

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In October 2018, Barry Ferguson had discussions with Lowland League club Kelty Hearts about becoming their new manager.

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Barry Ferguson was offered and accepted the position later that month.

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Barry Ferguson has a regular column in the Daily Record newspaper.

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Barry Ferguson's son, Kyle, is a professional footballer, a centre back who signed for Harrogate Town in June 2022.

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In July 2017 it was reported that Barry Ferguson successfully applied for bankruptcy after running up debts of £1,425,633, whilst having only £3,000 worth of assets to help pay off his creditors.

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Barry Ferguson exited bankruptcy in July 2018, having co-operated with an insolvency firm.

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