The Big Man – Duncan Ferguson
A few words of advice to any budding burglar. Stay the fuck away from Big Dunc’s house. The plush Merseyside residences of many a
Liverpool and Everton star have been the target for the more scrupulous of the unscrupulous. Rich pickings are there to be had – you could even watch the player in action on one of their plasma screens, safe in the knowledge that it’ll be hours before they get back. There are of course, episodes where crime doesn’t pay. In fact, there are two well documented episodes where crime only results in a trip to casualty on the way to the cop shop.
In 2001 Barry Dawson was beaten up and sat on after being found with an accomplice a la chez
. Two years later, Carl Bishop was meted out the same rough justice at the hands of Big Dunc. This time the would be thief was hospitalised for two days. Seriously – stay the fuck away from Big Dunc’s house. Ferguson
Every man has the right to defend his property and his family.
went far beyond that on the pitch in 1994. Whilst playing for Rangers he tussled with Raith Rovers defender John McStay, Big Dunc felt aggrieved that anyone should even attempt to outmuscle him, and promptly head butted McStay in the face. I believe it’s known as a Ferguson kiss. The referee bizarrely didn’t even give a yellow, but the courts took a dimmer view and jailed Glasgow for three months. It was one of four convictions for assault, including another head-butt, to a Policeman. Ferguson
Big Dunc’s fearsome reputation preceded him on the pitch, there is simply no such thing as a 50-50 ball with Duncan Ferguson involved. Nine red cards in total put him high up the all time hall of shame, but he also scored a lot of goals in two spells at Everton, split by a short time at
. It was Everton that really took him to heart, as they do for anyone scoring in an Merseyside derby on their full debuts. He first arrived on loan to try and rescue a woeful campaign, and ended up becoming the club’s then record signing that same season for £4 million. He became the club’s first choice target man, and later captained the side. Newcastle
My favourite Big Dunc tear up was in a Merseyside derby. Paul Ince challenges
on a loose ball, and Big Dunc obvsiously didn’t like that very much at all. He grabs him round the body and just slings him to the ground. Paul Ince, eager to preserve his own hard-man rep, bounces straight back up and looks for the culprit –Ahhhh fuck! It’s Duncan Ferguson – fair challenge then – he gives the big man a pat on the back and jogs off. ~The Guv’nor indeed! Ferguson
Big Dunc was the hard-man’s hard-man, and not someone to be fucked about with.