Who is Charles Gough?

Charles Richard Gough is a former professional footballer from Scotland who played as a centre-back.

Born to a Scottish father (former Charlton Athletic star Charlie Gough) and a Swedish mother, Charles grew up in South Africa.

He went to school at Highlands North High School and King Edward VII School in the capital, Johannesburg, and began his playing career at the Wits University club.

Gough joined Charlton Athletic as an apprentice professional in the summer of 1978. However, Charles returned to play for Wits University for a short period in 1979.

Gough signed for Dundee United in the winter of 1980. He played for them for six seasons finishing with 23 goals in 165 matches.

He helped the club to the Scottish League title in the 1982–83 season. The side also reached the 1983–84 European Cup semi-final versus Roma during his time at the club.

In 1986, he was sold to English First Division outfit Tottenham Hotspur for £750,000. The defender played for slightly over a year and captained the Spurs team which lost to Coventry City in the 1987 FA Cup Final.

He decided to return to Scotland, signing for Rangers early in the 1987–88 term. In making the move Charles became the first Scottish player to be transferred to a Scottish side for over £1,000,000.

Gough was named the SFWA Footballer of the Year in the 1988–89 campaign. Gough stayed at Ibrox until 1997, captaining the team that achieved nine successive League titles.

He won nine league titles, three Scottish Cups and six League Cups at Ibrox. In all, he played 427 league matches with the Gers, netting 37 goals.

In May 1997, he left the United Kingdom to play in the United States of America’s nascent professional league, Major League Soccer, joining Kansas City Wizards. A few months later, he returned to Ibrox due to injury issues at Rangers.

He restarted his MLS career with the San Jose Clash. He played 36 matches in total in MLS, netted two goals and was named in the MLS Best XI for his 1997 term with the Wizards.

After quitting San Jose Clash he linked up with ex-boss Walter Smith at Everton. He played two years at Goodison Park making 38 appearances and netting once against Southampton.

During his time at Goodison Park, he was made captain for the 2000–01 campaign and retired from playing in May 2001.

Charles agreed to play as a guest for the Australian club Northern Spirit in October 2001 but had to withdraw because of injury.