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David Ferguson enjoys successful return to EFL 5 years after his profession was virtually ruined by Gazza’s former agent

HARTLEPOOL’S successful return to the Soccer League in opposition to Crawley on Saturday ended 5 years of damage for David Ferguson.

The complete-back was captain of the Blackpool crew relegated from League One in 2016 however was launched with the membership in monetary meltdown.


David Ferguson with the No25 shirt he proudly wore as captain of Blackpool


David Ferguson was sporting the Blackpool captain’s armband right here within the 2015-16 season


However extremely inside months ninth-tier membership Shildon introduced him as their new signing

But regardless of making 32 appearances that season – on the again of ten outings the earlier marketing campaign within the Championship – Ferguson discovered himself turning out for Shildon within the NINTH tier.

He thought-about quitting however caught at it, and after spells with Darlington, York and Hartlepool is now again within the Soccer League.

It’s exceptional a 22-year-old deemed ok to captain a League One facet instantly discovered himself slumming it within the decrease reaches of non-league.

And Ferguson informed SunSport he feels let down by his former agent Wes Saunders, who used to take care of Paul Gascoigne.

He mentioned: “I had individuals ringing me saying, ‘This membership will take you’.

“I had League Two managers in touch however informed them my agent was sorting issues. As a participant, I believed I’d let him cope with it.

“There have been gamers who had solely performed 4 or 5 matches that season who had been getting League Two golf equipment.

“I had performed all these video games in League One as captain and he couldn’t even discover me a Nationwide League crew!

“So when it bought to August, I wanted to play video games someplace and Shildon was solely half an hour away.

“Funnily sufficient, my former agent informed me to simply go there and play. After I joined Shildon, I didn’t converse to him once more.”


Ferguson claims he later found many golf equipment didn’t know he was accessible, which left him wishing he had finished the leg-work himself.

He mentioned: “I bought launched to my present agent, Mark McTafferty, by way of the Shildon chairman Darren Dent.

“Mark checked out my CV and couldn’t consider why I had dropped down so low.

“So he spoke to golf equipment like Bradford and requested, ‘Do you bear in mind the Blackpool captain?’

“They did however had no concept I used to be at Shildon and, after all, golf equipment by that stage have sorted their squads.

“The issue in soccer is while you drop out like that, it’s arduous to get again.

“Individuals may need thought, ‘Is he a foul egg? Is there one thing he did improper?’.”

Ferguson moved up three divisions after six months by becoming a member of Nationwide League North facet Darlington and ended the season getting capped by England C, the nationwide non-league crew.


He had three seasons at York in the identical division and it was whereas there he contemplated quitting. Ferguson mentioned: “There have been bumps alongside the highway however throughout my second season at York I had a spell the place I wasn’t taking part in nicely.

“I used to be travelling from my dwelling in Sunderland, wasn’t having fun with it and thought, ‘Shall I simply go part-time and discover one other job?’. However I got here again the next season and was flying.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of York topping Nationwide League North with eight video games left, they had been pipped on the points-per-game system for the title and promotion by King’s Lynn, who had been 4 factors behind however had two video games in hand.

However final summer time Hartlepool boss Dave Challinor snapped Ferguson up.

He clocked 39 begins and was named within the Nationwide League Crew of the Season because the membership gained promotion.

Ferguson added: “The entire expertise of dropping down and climbing again has made me a significantly better particular person.

“I beloved my six months at Shildon, attending to know lads who labored for a residing and performed soccer for enjoyable, getting an additional bit of money of their arms. Darlo and York had been nice, too, all prime lads.

“I’d inform anybody who drops out of the EFL, ‘Maintain working, hold having fun with your soccer and don’t look too far forward’.

“And be sure to get a very good agent. The one I’ve now solutions my name, even after I ring him at 11pm on a Sunday night time!”



Hartlepool ace David Ferguson enjoyable away from soccer together with his canine Zack


Ferguson proudly exhibits off his England C cap when he performed in opposition to Slovakia in 2017


David Ferguson and Hartlepool rejoice promotion again to the Soccer League


HOW becoming Charlton Athletic organized a rainbow to look majestically above their newly-named Alan Curbishley Stand on Saturday.

Their legendary former boss Curbs and the followers had been handled to an amazing afternoon at The Valley – despite the fact that they had been held by Sheffield Wednesday in an entertaining goalless draw.

There’s a optimistic vibe reverberating round The Valley.

A lot of that is right down to proprietor Thomas Sandgaard respiration new life into this proud previous membership that stagnated resulting from earlier incumbents who both lacked ardour or had been extra desirous about lining their very own pockets.

And the Danish part-time rock guitarist loves participating and entertaining the followers.

Jamming his guitar to the followers’ anthem Valley Floyd Street earlier than kick-off in entrance of the Lined Finish trustworthy, he noticed a stray ball within the penalty field and he couldn’t assist himself.

He strode calmly up and fired a shot into the highest nook to loud cheers from the followers.


Charlton followers are hoping there’s a pot of gold for his or her membership someplace over the rainbow

For one second, I feared, with Sandgaard not sporting the precise footwear, that he may find yourself slipping and falling flat on his again.

Or on the very least he may have been left embarrassed like Diana Ross, who within the 1994 World Cup opening ceremony missed an open aim from the penalty spot.

The American-based businessman has purchased into the Charlton story and is all the time keenly listening to each anecdote or nugget of data from the membership’s previous.

He even introduced again the Addicks’ a lot beloved mascots from their Premier League days – Floyd the canine and Harvey the cat, who had been ditched by former Belgian proprietor Roland Duchatelet.

With the highly-respected and skilled Nigel Adkins on the helm – alongside director of soccer Steve Gallen – the crew are in secure arms.

And who is aware of possibly they discovered a pleasant pot of gold underneath the rainbow to get a pair extra new faces in earlier than the switch deadline.


GREAT to see Luton legend Mick Hartford at Kenilworth Street for his or her opening 3-0 win in opposition to Peterborough – regardless of his battle in opposition to prostate most cancers.

The 62-year-old was honoured with a billboard on the entrance to the Eric Morecambe Stand.

It learn: “Huge Mick, we’re with you each step of the way in which”.

It additionally included a photograph of the nice man holding aloft a Luton City scarf.

On behalf of everybody right here at SunSport, we’re with you too, Mick.

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