Gus MacPherson

Gus MacPhersonIs it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! It's SUPER GUS! [Cue John Williams & the London Symphony Orchestra.]

Profile by Craig Benson

Still statistically speaking, our greatest ever goalkeeper, conceding only two goals in his entire 11 year spell with us, Gus MacPherson started out at Rangers boys club, progressing to a pro contract with them in 1989. With first team opportunities thin on the ground at Ibrox, Gus headed south on loan to Exeter City for the 89/90 season.

In 1990/91 however, he saw the light & signed for the mighty Killie! Initially used in an advanced role, Gus would quite often be seen sporting the number 7 shirt in his first season. By the season's end, however, he had made the right back role his own.

From then on (hatchet jobs by Celtic number sevens, and emergency winger jobs aside) Gus would always be the second name read out on a Saturday.

Not only a master of the right back role, Gus would chip in with a few goals of his own, 15 in total for us. Every one of them being a 20/30/40 yard screamer.

In 2001, we parted company with Gus, as he joined the Pars. 'Loaned back' for a one off, as his testimonial was scheduled after he completed the switch to Fife, followed by 2 seasons with them, and one last hurrah at St Mirren, who at the time were a bit of a Killie old boys rest home, was how his playing career ended.

He has since gone on to carve out a successful managerial career and is currently head honcho at Queen's Park where KillieFC TV caught up with him in January 2016.

A member of our illustrious 300 club, Gus MacPherson is, and always will be, a club legend, whichever way you cut it.

KILLIE STATS:

Played: 394
Goals: 15

CAREER STATS:
Played: 457
Goals: 16

FEATURED MATCH: KILMARNOCK 5 - RAITH ROVERS 1

4th November 1995

After a sticky start to the season, someone was due a hammering, step forward the whipping boys from Fife. Just three seasons prior, we stuck five past them in the cup, but more on that later.

John Henry & Paul Wright hit two a piece. Broono hit the other. A rush of blood, and an insatiable urge to suddenly become a basketball player, led to a straight red for Dragoje Lekovic. Super Gus took over and held his own very well.

Starting XI: Lekovic, MacPherson, Black, Henry, Whitworth, Anderson, Mitchell, Connor, Wright, Brown, Maskrey.

Subs: Reilly & Holt for Brown & Maskrey
Attendance: 6,440

Stats courtesy of soccerbase and David Ross' excellent Everygame book.


Gus worked under six top managers in 18 seasons as a professional. In this piece from the old killiefc.com, Gus gives his verdict on his gaffers:

GRAEME SOUNESS: Gave me my first contract at 16. To take over a big club like Rangers at 33 was unbelievable. His attention to detail and professionalism were incredible. He didn't stand for any nonsense and though I never received a blast, I was close by when team- mates were getting it from all angles - I felt sorry for them.

JIM FLEETING: Signed me for Killie and was a really nice guy. I felt sorry that it never worked out the way he wanted. Still, the success they have had in the past 10 years stems from him and his brother Bobby, who owned the club. I'll always be indebted to Jim for giving me first- team football.

TOMMY BURNS: The guy I enjoyed working for most. A superb motivator and man-manager. We didn't play pretty football in 1993-94 but stayed up on the last day after getting a draw at Easter Road that gave me the most satisfaction in my career. A typical red-head - we argued all the time.

ALEX TOTTEN: Put more emphasis on attacking flair. He rarely lost his temper and trusted the players a lot on a Saturday.

BOBBY WILLIAMSON: Took over young and made a quick impression by winning the Scottish Cup. Gave youngsters a chance and moulded a solid defensive unit. He had the respect of the dressing-room and worked wonders in five years as Killie boss.

JIMMY CALDERWOOD: You always knew where you stood with him. He brought the Dutch mentality to Dunfermline in terms of passing and movement and was more concerned with the attacking side of our game. His training methods opened my eyes. A likeable, infectious personality.



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