Duncan Ferguson has returned to his beloved Everton to help out with their academy team, while he continues to work towards gaining his UEFA coaching badges.
In what are currently grim times for Evertonians, with the clubs much publicised financial problems starting to become a major issue, the return of Big Dunc is at least one positive for Blues fans.
The Goodison faithful will be eager for Ferguson to remain on a permanent basis, with a hope that he might too inspire the first team during his time at Finch Farm, as they look to improve on recent performances.
During his time at Goodison, Ferguson wore his heart on his sleeve. He even played through injury, pushing his body to the limit and running himself into the ground for the club. If you were in the trenches and the whistle was blown, Big Dunc is the kind of man you would want by your side. In dark times for Everton, he was the shining light.
‘The Big Man’ had previously paid a visit to Goodison Park when the Toffees faced Manchester City in May. After an absence of five years, you might think he might have been forgotten. If you did, you were very wrong. As he stepped onto the pitch before kick-off he received a rapturous reception from the Everton fans, who have idolised him since his move from Rangers, which actually moved Ferguson near enough to tears. His appearance inspired Everton to a 2-1 victory with the supporters singing his name throughout the match.
Later that month, his legendary status was confirmed when he was awarded the Everton Giant award for 2011. Ferguson, a striker who at his peak was regarded as unplayable said:
“This is an unbelievable honour. I have been away for a few years and you think people have forgotten you. This Club has been a big part of my life and this city has been a big part of my life. You are a long time retired, I have been retired for five years and it feels like twenty five. So to the players that are here now, stay in football as long as you can and stay at this club as long as you can because there is only one way after leaving this club, and that is down.”
As a player, Ferguson truly fell in love with Everton and their fans and the love given back to him from the fans over his ten years at the club was something that has always stayed with him.
“The fans here have always been great towards me. They are unbelievable. They took me in and they are the best fans in the country, if not the world.”