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Gus MacPherson
Gus MacPherson
Personal information
Full name Gus MacPherson
Date of birth 11 October 1968 (1968-10-11) (age 41)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club St. Mirren
Youth career
1984–1989 Rangers
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1989–1990
1989–1990
1990–2001
2001–2003
2003–2004
Rangers
Exeter City (loan)
Kilmarnock
Dunfermline Athletic
St. Mirren
Total
000 0(0)
011 0(1)
354 (15)
039 0(0)
009 0(0)
4130(16)   
Teams managed
2003– St Mirren

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

Angus Humperdink Ian Englebert MacPherson (born 11 October 1968 in Glasgow) is a former Scottish footballer and is the current manager of St Mirren[1].

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Playing career

MacPherson started his career as a youth player with Rangers, but was unable to break in to the first team, spending a period on loan to English side Exeter City.

In 1991 he moved to Kilmarnock, where he would enjoy the most successful period of his career becoming a regular fixture in the Rugby Park first team. He went on to play over 350 games at Kilmarnock and also was in the side that won the Scottish Cup with a 1-0 win over Falkirk at Ibrox Stadium.

MacPherson left Kilmarnock in 2001 to join Dunfermline Athletic for two seasons before moving to St Mirren as player/assistant manager in 2003.

MacPherson was then appointed as player/manager on 18 December 2003 after the resignation of John Coughlin. He retired from playing to concentrate solely on management at the end of the 2003/04 season.

Management career

MacPherson guided St. Mirren to 2nd in 2004–05 finishing behind Falkirk. This was a significant improvement for the club having finished seventh the previous season. In the following season MacPherson guided St Mirren back to the Scottish Premier League having finished top of the First Division. He also guided the team to a 2–1 win in the Scottish League Challenge Cup final against Hamilton Academical with Simon Lappin and John Sutton netting the goals, becoming the only St. Mirren manager to win a domestic double.

In the 2006–07 season he retained St Mirren's place in the SPL, following a brief relegation fight. In the second last game of the season St. Mirren's place in the SPL was confirmed courtesy of a 3-2 win over Motherwell despite having been 2-0 down. This coupled with other results saw one of MacPhersons former clubs, Dunfermline relegated to the First Division. [2]

In the following season MacPherson became the first St Mirren manager to be knocked out of both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup by teams from a lower league in the same season. Despite these set-backs he retained St. Mirren's SPL status with 10th place in the division. This was St. Mirren's highest finish since the 1990/91 season, finishing one place above MacPherson's former club Kilmarnock and relegated Gretna.

In the 2008–09 season he led St Mirren to a famous win over Rangers at Love Street with Stephen McGinn netting the only goal of the game. [3] Also in the same season he led St Mirren on a run of four unbeaten games against Falkirk, Inverness, Kilmarnock and Hamilton resulting in him receiving the SPL Manager Of The Month award for December. He also guided them to the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup for first time since winning it in 1987, beating Celtic 1-0 courtesy of a Billy Mehmet penalty in the quarter finals- a result made all the more remarkable as it reversed a heavy 7-0 defeat Celtic had inflicted on a 10 man St Mirren side at Celtic Park the week prior. [4] The win over Celtic meant St. Mirren were the only club to manage to beat both halves of the Old Firm that season. Despite the promising results, the move to a new stadium proved a burden on the club, and MacPherson's side were pushed into a fierce 5 team relegation battle. A penultimate weekend win away to Falkirk, made it unlikely the club would be relegated, however a final day defeat to Hamilton, coupled with Falkirk's win at Inverness, meant that St. Mirren and Inverness finished level on points. St Mirren stayed in the top flight on goal difference, MacPherson's side being 2 goals better off than Inverness who were relegated.

The departure of Celtic Manager Gordon Strachan over the close season of 2009 meant that MacPherson became the 3rd longest serving manager in Scottish Football and the 2nd longest serving manager in the SPL. In January 2010, after Jim Jeffries resignation as Kilmarnock manager, Gus became the longest serving manager in the league.

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Gus MacPherson
Personal information
Full name Angus Ian MacPherson
Date of birth October 11, 1968 (1968-10-11) (age 42)
Place of birth    Glasgow, Scotland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth clubs
1984–1985 Rangers
Senior clubs
Years Club
1986-1990
1989–1990
1990–2001
2001-2003
2003-2004
Rangers
Exeter (loan)
Kilmarnock
Dunfermline Athletic
St Mirren
Teams managed
2003–2010 St Mirren

Angus 'Gus' Ian MacPherson (born 11 October 1968 in Glasgow) is a former Scottish [[football (soccer)|footballer.Stmirren Parted with Gus MacPherson on 11th May 2010

Playing career

McPherson started his career as a youth player with Rangers, but was unable to break in to the first team, spending a period on loan to Exeter City. In 1991 he moved to Kilmarnock, where he went on to play over 350 games.

He played with Dunfermline Athletic for two season before moving to St Mirren as player–assistant manager in 2003.

MacPherson was then appointed as player–manager on 18 December 2003 after the resignation of John Coughlin.

He retired from playing at the end of the 2003-04 season.


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