Derby County are saddened to hear of the passing of former player Bobby Ferguson at the age of 80.

Born in Newcastle on 8th January 1938, the left back joined the Rams in October 1962 from his home club for a fee of £4,000.

Ferguson played more than 100 times for Derby over a three-year spell – 131 to be exact and he only missed two games during that time before being replaced by Peter Daniel in the side.

He subsequently joined Cardiff City in December 1965, before also turning out for Barry Town and Newport County during his 15-year playing career.

Ferguson also managed the latter two sides, but enjoyed his greatest success on the touchline with Ipswich Town.

He spent 16 years as a coach with the Tractor Boys and was part of the staff as they went on to lift the UEFA Cup in 1981 before replacing Bobby Robson as manager in July 1982 and enjoying five years in the hot seat.

Derby County passes on its deepest condolences to Ferguson’s friends and family at this time.

The club will be flying its flags outside the main entrance at Pride Park Stadium at half mast on Thursday 29th March.