Hall of Fame 1- Darren Ferguson

June 16, 2011 by  

 

The first inductee into the Red Passion Hall of Fame is ‘The General’, Darren Ferguson. Darren and twin brother, Jason were born February 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland. At the time of Darren’s birth, his father, Alex Ferguson was playing for Falkirk in the Scottish First Division. Between the years 1974 and 1985, Alex managed a number of teams; East Stirlingshire, St.Mirren, Aberdeen and the Scotland National side, until 1986 when he joined Manchester United. At the age of 18, Darren made his first senior appearance for his father’s club. The highlight of Darren’s 4 year spell at Manchester United was the start of the 1992-1993 season where he deputised for the injured Bryan Robson, and managed to tally up enough appearances to win a league winners medal. 

In 1994, Darren was transferred to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a fee of £250,000 and he spent 5 years at the Midland’s club. During this time, Fergie failed to lead Wolves to promotion but they did manage to reach the play-offs, twice in the five year spell he was a squad member. In 1999, Dutch side, Sparta Rotterdam, signed Ferguson, but his spell only lasted a matter of months before he transferred to Wrexham. In his 8 years at Wrexham, Ferguson proved to be one of the greatest players to have worn the red shirt. His creativity, awareness, and desire to win meant he skippered the side for numerous years under manager, Denis Smith. During the 2000/2001 season, Wigan Athletic tested his loyalty with a lucrative £300,000 transfer offer, which was rejected. In his spell at Wrexham, Darren tasted success as they won promotion in 2003 into Division Two, which is now called League One. Darren also scored the second goal in the memorable LDV Vans Final clash with Southend United and lifted the trophy alongside Brian Carey. 

In January 2007, Darren left Wrexham to join Peterborough United in a Player/Manager role, although he never decided to pick himself and play a match ! In November 2007, Wrexham and Peterborough locked horns in the FA Cup, which would be the first time Darren faced his former club. In a televised interview, Fergie claimed "If I was there, I don’t think they would be in the

position they are in. It’s not being disrespectful to Brian, it’s just my belief." Darren then proceeded to uncover the truth around his departure and claimed ‘they were quite glad to get me out of the door. They didn’t even speak to me and say ‘Look, this is why we are doing what we are doing’. I felt I was owed that. I’d played there for eight years. I was 35 and an experienced professional."

In his first season at Peterborough he guided them to a 10th place finish which was deemed a success. The following campaign Peterborough were the big spenders and the successes followed as ‘The Posh’ finished 2nd place and won promotion. In his second full season, promotion remained a theme, as Peterborough reached the Championship after finishing 2nd in League one. In November 2009, Darren left Peterborough United by mutual consent and joined Preston North End in January 2010 where he currently remains in charge.


Darren Ferguson- Wrexham stats:

Played from 1997 to 2007 

Appearences- 315 

Goals- 51 

Honours with the club- LDV Fans Trophy (2005) 

Promotion to Division 2 (2002/03)

5 Welsh Premier Cups (1997/98,1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04)

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