Ken McNaught

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Ken McNaught
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-01-11) 11 January 1955 (age 63)
Place of birth Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1977 Everton 66 (3)
1977–1983 Aston Villa 207 (8)
1983–1984 West Bromwich Albion 42 (1)
1984–1985 Manchester City (loan) 7 (0)
1985–1986 Sheffield United 34 (5)
Total 356 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ken McNaught (born 11 January 1955 in Kirkcaldy) is a former Scottish footballer who played for Aston Villa from 1977–1983 and was part of their Championship winning side of 1981, European Cup victory in 1982 and won the European Super Cup in 1983 against Barcelona, scoring one of Villa's goals in the latter final. McNaught's father was Scottish international footballer Willie McNaught.[1][2]


Willie McNaught was from Dumfries and may well have ended up playing for home town club Queen of the South had it not been for World War 2. McNaught was on his war service and was spotted playing by a Raith Rovers official who promptly offered to sign him. McNaught senior went on to break and still hold the club appearances record and as such relocated to Kirkcaldy.[2] It was here that Ken McNaught was born in 1955.[1]


Clearly inheriting the talents of his internationalist father, Ken McNaught was signed by Everton as an apprentice. His league debut came in 1974–75 and he went to make 66 league appearances for the Toffees over the next three seasons.[3] He played for Everton against Aston Villa in the 1977 League Cup Final, a contest that went to two replays. McNaught played in all three games and collected a runners up medal.[1][4]

Aston Villa

After impressing in the final against Villa he was signed by the Birmingham club at the season's end. It was at Villa where McNaught's career reached its zenith with silverware in the League, European Cup and European Super Cup in which he scored against Barcelona.[1]

Later career

McNaught spent a season at West Bromwich Albion where he was a first team regular playing in 42 league games. The season after he was loaned out to Manchester City,1984–85 season, where he made seven league appearances. His last season was with Sheffield United where he played 34 league games.[3] He was then forced to retire early.[1]

Career honours


Aston Villa


  1. ^ a b c d e [1] "Willie McNaught (and Ken)"
  2. ^ a b Information on Willie McNaught and Ken McNaught in the report on the Scotland 1954 World Cup campaign in the profile on Jimmy Binning Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Ken McNaught". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  4. ^[permanent dead link] "League Cup Doonhamers" on

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