Duncan Ferguson Factfile:

1971: Born December 27, Stirling.

1990: Joins Dundee Utd, from Carse Thistle. Made debut in 2-1 win over Rangers.

1992: Won first of five senior Scotland caps against USA in Denver on North American tour.

1993: Left United, after 77 League appearances and 28 League goals, to sign


Rangers in then British record #4m deal.

1994: Scored first goal for Rangers in 4-0 win over Raith at Ibrox. In same match was involved in head-butting incident with John McStay.

Scored only Rangers hat-trick in 6-1 Scottish Coca-Cola Cup second round win



Later left Rangers, after 14 League appearances and two League goals, to join Everton on loan along with team-mate Ian Durrant.

Scored first goal for Toffees in 2-0 Merseyside derby triumph over Liverpool. Signed by Joe Royle for club record #4m.

1995: Found guilty of assaulting McStay in Ibrox match in April and jailed for

three months.

Lost appeal against Scottish Football Association 12-match ban for attack on McStay - later overturned by court.

1996: Judge Lord Macfadyean's written judgement lifts the remaining seven matches of the ban and says the SFA Disciplinary Committee acted outside its powers.

Ruled out of Scotland's Euro96 campaign due to a persistent groin injury.

1997: Signs new five-year contract with Everton in April.

Decides to retire from international football.

At the end of December, handed captaincy for the first time in his career. Responds by scoring his first hat trick for Everton in 3-2 win over Bolton.

1998: Given captain's armband on a permanent basis following Gary Speed's #6m departure to Newcastle.

November 24: Poised to complete a #7m move to Newcastle, subject to passing a medical.