Looking back: City's Scottish scorers


With Callum Paterson in superb scoring form for City, we’ve taken a look back at other clinical Scotsmen who’ve plied their trade for the Bluebirds...

The 23-year-old's goal-scoring exploits in the blue shirt are all the more impressive when you consider that he was sidelined until late-October with a cruciate ligament injury. Since then he’s established himself as a first-team regular in Neil Warnock’s side – with 26 appearances in all competitions to date.

Paterson has eight City goals to his name and has netted in his last three league encounters - with each strike followed by his inimitable celebrations.

The former Hearts man has been called up for Alex McLeish's Scotand squad who host Costa Rica at Hampden Park this evening – 7.45pm kick-off. But before that let’s take a look at other Scottish goal-scorers to play for the Bluebirds.

Hughie Ferguson (1925-1929)

Our most decorated finisher from Scotland was none other than Hughie Ferguson. The striker netted a staggering 92 goals across four seasons. He had a memorable debut after scoring in a 5-2 victory against Leicester City at Ninian Park on 7th November, 1925.

In the 1926-27 campaign, Ferguson established a new scoring record for Cardiff City at the time. The Glaswegian tallied up 25 goals in 39 games. He also managed six goals in the FA Cup that year, including the historic winner against Arsenal in the Final on 23rd April, 1927.

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Having taken the FA Cup out of England for the first and only time, Ferguson left the Bluebirds to join Dundee at the start of the 1929-30 campaign. He finished his career with a goal average of 0.855 per game.

John Buchanan (1974-1981)

Throughout his career, Buchanan earned a reputation as a goal-scoring midfielder – much like Callum Paterson! Overall he totalled 67 goals in 286 appearances at Cardiff City.

During the 1975-76 season, the Bluebirds were promoted to Division Two after finishing in second place. Buchanan only managed four league goals but was key a factor in midfield after playing 28 times.

Whilst best known for that strike against Swansea City, the former Northampton Town player topped the scoring charts for the club during the 1978-79 campaign. He totalled 16 goals that year, including his only hat-trick in a 4-0 win against Sheffield United on 21st April, 1978.

Ross McCormack (2008-2011)

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Signed from Motherwell on 28th June, 2008, McCormack had a superb debut season at the club. The forward notched a remarkable 25 goals in all competitions during the 2008-09 season – which saw him finish as the joint second top goal-scorer in the Championship.

McCormack’s late brace against Burnley on 13th April, 2009, were the last goals scored at Ninian Park by any Cardiff City player in a competitive fixture.

He also scored twice in his final game for the Bluebirds - a 4-1 Cup win against our next league opponents, Burton Albion on 11th August, 2010. 

The Bluebirds have had several other Scottish scorers over the years, with Kenny Miller notably netting a debut winner at Upton Park - notching a total of 11 goals in the 2010/11 campaign. 

Although slightly less prolific in front of goal, City's recent Scottish contingent has also included the likes of Neil Alexander, David Marshall, Paul Quinn, Gavin Rae, Don Cowie and Craig Conway... While who could forget Kev McNaughton's spectacular volley against Hereford United - his first ever goal for the Bluebirds playing a significant part in our route to the 2008 FA Cup Final.

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