In Search of Duncan Ferguson

In Search of Duncan Ferguson

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He was one of the hardest, most controversial footballers of his generation: the Ap20million man who became the first professional player to go to jail for an offence committed on the field of play. He was the fansa€™ hero who disappeared. Duncan Ferguson was an old-fashioned Scottish centre-forward who went from a boarding house in Dundee to the marble staircase of Rangers in a record-breaking transfer. His Ap4m move from Dundee United to Ibrox made him British footballa€™s most expensive native player. But he would also become one of the most notorious footballers in the land. Sent to prison after head-butting an opponent during a Scottish Premier Division match between Rangers and Raith Rovers, Ferguson made history all over again. He served half of a three-month sentence in Glasgowa€™s infamous Barlinnie Prison. A twelve-match ban from the Scottish Football Association was later overturned following a long appeal process. Bruised by the experience, he turned his back on Scotlanda€™s national team and the media. Ferguson reaped the riches of the Sky era. He was a folk hero at Everton, where he spent ten years either side of an injury-hit spell at Newcastle United. Although the game made him a millionaire, he rejected its new culture of celebrity and remained a fiery figure, racking up a Premiership record of eight red cards. And then, after scoring in the final minute of the last game of his career, he turned his back on football completely a€“ or so it seemed.It can seem depressing and yet, when looking away from Stirling, away from the castle perched on a lump of volcanic rock ... a€œLegolanda#39;, close to Bannockburn High School, which itself is a huge, imposing building set in green playing fields. ... The entire scheme has a higgledy-piggledy arrangement, with roofs that slope in different directions and cut-throughs ... To get to Fergusona#39;s old house in this tightly packed cul-de-sac, you have to go down a small, narrow road: McLean Court.

Title:In Search of Duncan Ferguson
Author:Alan Pattullo
Publisher:Random House - 2014-09-11


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