Player of the Day: Derek Ferguson

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by Ashley Houghton

Scottish international in the spotlight

Derek Ferguson was brought to Roker Park by his former Hearts teammate Terry Butcher for a fee of £460,000 and John Colquhoun.

He began his career with Rangers and spent six years at Ibrox after making his debut as a 17-year-old before making a £750,000 record move to Tynecastle.

After making 103 league appearances for Hearts, Ferguson made the move to Wearside in 1993 he was unfortunately part of a Sunderland side that turned out their worst performance on the first day of the season in a 5-0 defeat at Derby County.

However, the Black Cats picked up form in the latter half of the campaign under new boss Mick Buxton and finished in a respectable 12th position.

Ferguson played 41 of the 46 league games during the campaign, only Alec Chamberlain, Philip Gray and Andy Melville featured more.

The following campaign Ferguson added 27 appearances to his Black Cats tally before he left for Falkirk in 1995.

After suffering relegation in his first season at Brockville and a recurrent knee injury which hampered his progress, Ferguson left for Dunfermline in the Scottish Premier Division.

The Pars’ relegation during Ferguson’s first campaign resulted in his departure and he went on to play for multiple Scottish clubs before his retirement in 2006, most notable Clydebank between 2000 and 2002, where he also spent a years as manager.

Ferguson’s younger brother, Barry, has had a successful career in the Barclays Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City and Blackpool.