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Richard Gough (footballer)

 

Richard Gough (footballer)

This article is about the football player. For the 18th-century antiquarian, see Richard Gough (antiquarian).

Richard Gough
Personal information
Full nameCharles Richard Gough
Date of birth (1962-04-05) 5 April 1962 (age 52)
Place of birthStockholm, Sweden
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing positionDefender
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1979Wits University
1979–1980Charlton Athletic F.C.3(0)
1980–1986Dundee United165(23)
1986–1987Tottenham Hotspur65(0)
1987–1997Rangers294(25)
1997Kansas City Wizards17(0)
1997–1998Rangers24(1)
1998–1999San Jose Clash19(2)
1999Nottingham Forest (loan)7(0)
1999–2001Everton38(1)
National team
1983–1993Scotland61(6)
Teams managed
2004–2005Livingston
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Charles Richard Gough (born in Stockholm, Sweden, 5 April 1962) is a former Scottish football defender who enjoyed great success as captain of Rangers. He also played for Scotland 61 times and had a brief spell as manager of Livingston. He is now resident in San Diego.

Playing career

Club

Early career

Born to a Scottish father (former Charlton Athletic player Charlie Gough) and Swedish mother, Gough grew up in South Africa, went to school at King Edward VII and Highlands North High School (Johannesburg), and began his career playing with the Wits University club. Looking to build a career in British football, Gough signed for Charlton Athletic F.C. as an apprentice professional in July 1978. He returned to play for Wits University F.C. for a brief period in 1979, before returning to the UK where he signed for Dundee United in February 1980.

First spell in Scotland

He played for Dundee United for six seasons, finishing with 23 goals in 165 appearances and helping them to the League title in 1982–83. Dundee United also reached the European Cup semi-final against Roma in 1984, during Gough's time at the club. In 1986, Gough was sold to English First Division club Tottenham Hotspur for £750,000, where he played for slightly over a year, and captained the Tottenham team which lost to Coventry City in the 1987 FA Cup Final. Although there was no doubt over his talent, Gough decided to return to Scotland, early in the 1987–88 season, joining Rangers and becoming the first Scottish player to be signed for over £1,000,000. His debut was at Tannadice in a defeat against former club Dundee United. Gough remained at Ibrox until 1997, captaining the side that achieved nine consecutive League titles. He won 18 honours at Rangers F.C., 9 League Titles, 3 Scottish Cups and 6 League Cups.

MLS

In May 1997, Gough left the United Kingdom to play in the United States' nascent professional league, Major League Soccer, signing for Kansas City Wizards. In October 1997, he returned to Rangers due to injury issues at Ibrox. He resumed his MLS career with the San Jose Clash. He played 36 games in total in MLS, scored 2 goals and he was named the MLS Best XI for his 1997 season with the Wizards.

In all, he played 428 league games with Rangers, scoring 37 goals.

Everton

After leaving San Jose Clash he linked up with former boss Walter Smith at Everton. He played two seasons at Goodison Park making 60 appearances and scoring once against Southampton.[1] During his time at Everton he was made captain for 2000/2001 season.

He also played 7 Premier League games on loan from MLS for Nottingham Forest from March- May 1999–

International

Gough was also a regular in the Scotland national team in the 1980s. He made his debut against Switzerland in 1983, and went on to gain 61 caps. His international career was ended prematurely, however, after he was critical of coaches Andy Roxburgh and Craig Brown and withdrew himself from further selection. Gough played in 2 World Cups, 1986 and 1990, and captained his country in the 1992 European Championships, in his birthplace, Sweden.

Managerial career

On 30 November 2004 Gough landed his first managerial job with Scottish Premier League team Livingston. He resigned in May 2005 after saving the club from relegation, having wrangled with the club's owner over the budget for signing players.[2] The club was fined £15,000 by the SFA for a breach of transfer regulations over the signing of Hassan Kachloul during Gough's time as manager[3] although there is no suggestion that Gough himself was responsible for the breach of regulations.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1980–81 Dundee United Premier Division 4 0 - - - 4 0
1981–82 30 1 4 0 6 1 5 0 45 2
1982–83 34 8 1 0 9 1 8 0 52 9
1983–84 33 3 3 0 10 5 8 0 54 8
1984–85 34 6 6 1 6 0 6 1 52 8
1985–86 31 5 5 1 5 2 6 1 47 9
1986–87 3 1 - - - 3 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986–87 Tottenham Hotspur First Division 40 2 6 0 9 0 - 55 2
1987–88 9 0 - 1 0 - 10 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1987–88 Rangers Premier Division 31 5 2 0 1 0 2 1 36 6
1988–89 35 4 7 0 5 1 4 0 51 5
1989–90 26 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 31 0
1990–91 26 0 3 0 5 1 3 0 37 1
1991–92 33 2 5 1 3 0 1 0 42 3
1992–93 25 2 2 0 5 1 7 0 39 3
1993–94 37 3 5 0 5 0 1 0 49 3
1994–95 25 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 31 1
1995–96 29 3 2 0 3 0 8 2 42 5
1996–97 27 5 2 0 5 0 7 1 41 6
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1997 Kansas City Wizards Major League Soccer 17 0 N/A - - 17 0
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1997–98 Rangers Premier Division 24 1 6 1 - - 30 2
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
1998 San Jose Clash Major League Soccer 19 2 N/A N/A - 19 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Nottingham Forest Premier League 7 0 - - - 7 0
1999–00 Everton 29 1 3 0 - - 32 1
2000–01 9 0 1 0 - - 10 0
Career total 617 53 66 4 83 12 69 6 835 75

Honours

Dundee United
Rangers
Individual

References

External links

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