Willie Fernie (footballer)
Football player infobox
playername = Willie Fernie
fullname = William Fernie
height = Height|ft=5|in=7
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1928|11|22
years = 1949-1958
clubs = Celtic Middlesbrough Celtic St Mirren Alloa Athletic Fraserburgh
caps(goals) = 194 (47) 065 0(3) 025 0(7) 022 0(3) 007 0(0)
nationalyears = 1954-1958
nationateam = Scotland
manageryears = 1973-1977
managerclubs = Kilmarnock
Fernie joined Celtic from his local Kinglassie Hearts side in 1949. A renowned dribbler, he also displayed a remarkable versatility which saw the club deploy him as a right half, inside forward and outside left as the need arose.cite book | last = Lamming | first = Douglas | title = A Scottish Soccer Internationalists Who’s Who, 1872-1986 | format = Hardback | publisher = Hutton Press | year = 1987 | id = (ISBN 0-907033-47-4) ] He was part of Celtic's 1953-54 Double-winning team and also collected two League Cup winners medals, in 1956 and 1957. In the 1957 final he scored a penalty as Celtic defeated rivals Rangers 7-1 in the match known as "
Hampden in the sun".
Fernie's efforts in Celtic's double-winning side earned him promotion to the full Scotland team, having previously represented the B team and the Scottish League. He made his debut against Finland and was selected in the squad for the
1954 FIFA World Cup. He played in both matches in Switzerlandas Scotland capitulated in the first round. He remained in the international framework for the next four years and was again selected in Scotland's World Cup squad, for the 1958 finals in Sweden. He played only one match, his final international, as Scotland again exited in the first round.
Fernie joined Middlesbrough for £17,500 in 1958 but returned to
Celtic Parkless than two years later. He moved to St Mirren in 1961 and helped them reach the 1961-62 Scottish Cupfinal, although Rangers prevailed 2-0 at Hampden. He finished his career with short spells at Alloa Athletic and Fraserburgh before moving into coaching.
Fernie returned to Celtic in 1967, appointed reserve team coach by
Jock Stein. In 1973 he left for Ayrshirewhen appointed manager of Kilmarnock. He led his new charges to promotion back to Division One in 1973-74 and then, after league reconstruction, to promotion to the new Premier Division in 1975-76. However, as a part-time team, "Killie" struggled in the top flight and were unsurprisingly relegated in 1976-77. A bad start to the following season resulted in Fernie being sacked and resolving to leave the football industry. He has since worked as a taxi driver.
* [http://www.londonhearts.com/scotland/players/williamfernie.html International appearances] at londonhearts.com
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