Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire born right half Bob Ferrier began his football career with L’Homme Qui Rit, a club in Dumbarton, in 1892, from where he joined Scottish League Dumbarton in 1892, originally as an inside forward, making his debut in a 3-2 defeat at Rangers that September. He scored 6 goals in 24 appearances for The Sons before transferring to First Division Sheffield Wednesday in the 1894 close season, making his Football League debut at Everton in September and immediately establishing himself as a first team regular.
Ferrier became known as part of a dangerous right-sided partnership with Archie Brash, although he wasn’t part of The Owls’ 1896 FA Cup winning team, and from January 1898 he assumed the right half role having played there in a cup tie at Sunderland with success in the absence of Harry Brandon. In 1899 Wednesday were relegated but Ferrier stayed with the club and was a near ever present as they won The Second Division Championship at the first time of asking in 1899-1900 in the first season at Owlerton, being ever present as they re-established themselves in the top flight the following season.
Ferrier missed only one game in the memorable 1902-03 campaign when the club achieved their first ever League Championship success, and was a regular in the side in the following year’s successful defence of the title. He was a member of their 1904 FA Cup semi final team beaten by eventual winners Manchester City at Goodison Park. He played his final match for Wednesday in April 1905 before retiring to Scotland, retiring from the game after 18 goals in 329 appearances for The Owls.
He was the father of Motherwell’s legendary left winger Bob Ferrier, who holds the club’s all time appearances record and captained them to the Scottish League Championship in 1931-32.