Richard Gough - Player Profile


Full Name:Charles Richard Gough
Born:April 5th, 1962 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Height:6'
Position:Right Back / Centre Half
Signed:May 1st, 1980
First Manager:Jim McLean
Left Club:August 16th, 1986
Career Stats: 256 appearances, 37 goals
Debut (as sub): April 22nd, 1981 - Dundee United 2 - 3 Celtic (League - Premier Division)
Full Debut: August 19th, 1981 - Partick Thistle 1 - 2 Dundee United (League Cup - Section 4)
First Goal: August 15th, 1981 - Motherwell 1 - 2 Dundee United (League Cup - Section 4)
Also Played For:Everton, Nottingham Forest, Rangers, Tottenham Hotspur

 Season  League Apps Gls ClnCtGR Yel Red W D L
 1986-87  Premier Division 3 1 1 0.33 0 0 66.7% 33.3% 0.0%
 1985-86  Premier Division 47 9 19 0.40 4 1 55.3% 25.5% 19.1%
 1984-85  Premier Division 51 8 20 0.39 4 0 56.9% 17.6% 25.5%
 1983-84  Premier Division 54 8 22 0.41 - - 57.4% 24.1% 18.5%
 1982-83  Premier Division 52 9 23 0.44 - - 63.5% 23.1% 13.5%
 1981-82  Premier Division 37 (8) 2 15 0.33 - - 48.9% 24.4% 26.7%
 1980-81  Premier Division 0 (4) 0 1 0.25 - - 50.0% 25.0% 25.0%
244 (12) 37 101 0.39

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 Cln = Clean Sheets | CtGR = Clean Sheets to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Aug 16th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Rangers 3 - 2
 Aug 13th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 0 - 0
 Aug 9th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1
 Apr 19th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Clydebank 1 - 1
 Apr 16th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0
 
 Most Recent Goals:
 Aug 9th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1
 Apr 16th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0
 Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0
 Mar 29th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 0
 Mar 8th, 1986 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 0

After growing up in South Africa, Richard came to Britain at the age of 16 hoping to build a career as a professional footballer, and after a spell with Charlton Athletic and a trial at Rangers he signed a full-time contract with United in 1980. A regular in the reserves in his first season, he was promoted to the first team squad after making his first team debut as a substitute against Celtic in April 1981. At the end of the year he was home sick and returned briefly to South Africa, but within a few weeks he was back at Tannadice and became a regular in the line up from that point on.

He was a member of the squad that won the Scottish League championship in 1982-83, scoring several important goals during the campaign. An unused substitute in the 1981 League Cup final, he also collected runners-up medals in the League Cup and Scottish Cup finals of 1984/85.

Richard also enjoyed European football with United, including a run to the European Cup semi-final against Roma in 1984. Having already been capped at Under-21 level, he made his full international debut against Switzerland in 1983 and would go on to win 61 caps - see 'International' tab.

With several clubs in England now showing interest, Richard continued to make a significant contribution at Tannadice, collecting the SPFA Player of the Year award for 1985-86. With manager Jim McLean playing Gough at right-back for the majority of his time at United, the player grew increasingly frustrated at not being able to play in his favoured position of centre-half, and in the summer of 1986 he tabled a transfer request. Initially turned down, it ultimately resulted in a 750,000 move to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1986, where he became captain and collected an FA Cup runners-up medal in his first season.

In October 1987, he became the first 1m-plus signing by a Scottish club when Graeme Souness brought him back across the border to join Rangers, where he made his debut against his old club at Tannadice ironically his last match for United had been against Rangers at Ibrox. Richard spent ten seasons at the Ibrox club, winning nine League, three Scottish Cup and six League Cup medals.

In 1997 he left to play in the USA with Kansas City Wizards but returned to Rangers again briefly, before going back to the USA to join San Jose Clash. In 1999 he joined Everton and had a brief spell on loan at Nottingham Forest before ending his playing career in Australia with Northern Spirit. Richard went into management for a short spell with Livingston during season 2004/05.

 Goals Scored
Aug 15th, 1981 League Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 2 - 1 (76')
Mar 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Partick Thistle 5 - 1 (24')
Sep 22nd, 1982 League Cup  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 3 - 1 (25')
Nov 6th, 1982 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 5 (20')
Nov 13th, 1982 League  (H)  vs. Rangers 4 - 2 (86')
Feb 26th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Morton 1 - 1 (57')
Mar 5th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 1 (30')
Mar 5th, 1983 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 1 (16')
Mar 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 3 (51')
Mar 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Dundee 5 - 3 (30')
Mar 26th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Hibernian 3 - 3 (44')
Aug 24th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 6 - 1 (6')
Aug 24th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Dunfermline 6 - 1 (12')
Aug 27th, 1983 League Cup  (A)  vs. Dunfermline 2 - 0 (11')
Oct 5th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (24')
Oct 5th, 1983 League Cup  (H)  vs. Motherwell 4 - 2 (19')
Oct 8th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (62')
Nov 12th, 1983 League  (H)  vs. St Johnstone 7 - 0 (73')
Apr 28th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 1 (28')
Nov 7th, 1984 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Linzer 5 - 1 (75')
Nov 10th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 2 - 0 (19')
Dec 22nd, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0 (48')
Dec 29th, 1984 League  (A)  vs. Celtic 2 - 1 (73')
Jan 2nd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (78')
Feb 23rd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Dumbarton 4 - 0 (76')
Mar 9th, 1985 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. St Mirren 4 - 1 (11')
Mar 13th, 1985 League  (A)  vs. Morton 3 - 0 (12')
Aug 21st, 1985 League Cup  (A)  vs. Alloa Athletic 2 - 0 (41')
Aug 28th, 1985 League Cup  (H)  vs. Clydebank 2 - 0 (22')
Oct 23rd, 1985 UEFA Cup  (H)  vs. Vardar 2 - 0 (72')
Nov 2nd, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Hearts 1 - 1 (90')
Nov 9th, 1985 League  (H)  vs. Motherwell 3 - 0 (40')
Mar 8th, 1986 Scottish Cup  (A)  vs. Motherwell 1 - 0 (46')
Mar 29th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Dundee 1 - 0 (33')
Apr 8th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. St Mirren 5 - 0 (87')
Apr 16th, 1986 League  (A)  vs. Aberdeen 1 - 0 (25')
Aug 9th, 1986 League  (H)  vs. Aberdeen 2 - 1 (34')

 Hat-Tricks

Shoot
Apr 1984

Match
Jun 1985

Shoot
Aug 1986

Representing Scotland

International Caps: 61
International Goals: 6

International Debut:
March 30th, 1983 vs. Switzerland

In only his second season as a professional player, Gough was awarded with a call up to the Scotland squad during the successful 1982-83 season. Making his debut in a 2-2 draw with Switzerland at Hampden, he missed only 5 Scotland matches over the next three years, and scored his first International goal in a friendly versus Canada. In 1985 he scored the winning goal over England at Hampden to win the Rous Cup, and played in all three of Scotland's 1986 World Cup Final matches in Mexico. By the time of his transfer to Spurs, he had made 26 appearances for his country, and went on to win a total of 61 Caps.