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Alan Rough
Personal information
Full name Alan Roderick Rough[1]
Date of birth 25 November 1951 (1951-11-25) (age 58)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Partick Thistle
Orlando Lions
Hamilton Academical
Ayr United
410 (0)
175 (0)

005 (0)
005 (0)
001 (0)
596 (0)   
National team
1976–1986 Scotland 053 (0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alan Roderick Rough (born 25 November 1951 in Glasgow) is a former Scottish international goalkeeper, who won over 50 caps and played in two FIFA World Cups. He also had a long club career, mostly with Partick Thistle and Hibernian.


Playing career


Club career

After making his debut at the end of season 1969–70, he went on to play a total of 624 games for Thistle before his transfer to Hibs in 1982. He was a member of the Partick Thistle team that defeated Celtic 4–1 in the Scottish League Cup Final of 1971.[2]

After leaving Hibernian in 1988, where he was replaced by Andy Goram who had also by this time taken taken over Rough's Scotland jersey, he played in the U.S. with Orlando Lions. Rough also had spells with Celtic (covering for the injured Pat Bonner), Hamilton Academical and Ayr United before leaving senior football.

International career

Rough played in two FIFA World Cup tournaments for Scotland, in 1978 and 1982. He played 53 times for his country, keeping a clean sheet in 16 of those games. At the time of his retirement, Rough was Scotland’s most capped goalkeeper, but this record has since been broken by Jim Leighton. Rough's penultimate cap was won in the tragic circumstances of the 1–1 draw with Wales at Ninian Park, Cardiff in 1985.[3] Rough came on as a half-time substitute for Leighton because Leighton had lost his contact lenses.[3] The result, secured by a late Davie Cooper penalty kick, meant that Scotland qualified for a qualifying play-off against Australia, but manager Jock Stein collapsed and died at the end of the match.[3] Rough was selected for the finals by Alex Ferguson, but only played in one further international.

After playing

In the 1990s, Rough had a successful spell as manager (initially player-manager) of junior club Glenafton Athletic. He now co-hosts with Ewan Cameron a football phone-in show on Real Radio, which used to be broadcast twice a week on Setanta Sports 2.[4] Rough also writes a column for the Scottish edition of the Daily Mirror.


  1. ^ Alan Rough, London Hearts.
  2. ^ Philip, Robert. The day Hansen and Thistle were a thorn in Celtic's side, Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2006.
  3. ^ a b c Scots' tragedy in triumph, FIFA, 10 September 2008.
  4. ^ [1], Real Radio.


  • Rough, Alan (2006). My Story: The Rough and the Smooth. Headline. ISBN 0-7553-1564-2.  
  • Jeffrey, Jim (2005). The Men Who Made Hibernian F.C. since 1946. Tempus Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7524-3091-2.  

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