Initially acquired on loan by Mike Walker, Ferguson’s move was made permanent when Joe Royle paid Â£4m for him. He was a revelation and ended the season by helping to defeat Manchester United at Wembley. In contrast, his next season is best forgotten as the big Scot was incarcerated for assault. By then, he was the cult hero of the younger Evertonians.
Born : Stirling, 1971
Previous Club : Rangers and Newcastle United
Everton career : 1993/4 to 1998/99 and 2000/01 to 2005/06
League : 208 appearances, 66 goals
Total : 250 appearances, 78 goals
the big yin
fa cup winner
Ferguson’s distinctive style plus his aerial dominance was the answer to Gwladys Street’s prayers His brilliance made hearts pound, his ill-discipline made them murmur until chairman Peter Johnson sold him for Â£8m to appears the club’s bankers. Ferguson returned 18 months later but his second spell was plagued by injuries. He was restricted to 52 league starts and 70 substitute appearances in his final six years.