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Drew Rutherford

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Date of birthOctober 4, 1953
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Date of deathDecember 14, 2005(age 52)
Playing positionDefender

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Drew Rutherford (October 4, 1953 December 14, 2005) was a professional footballer who played most of his career for St. Johnstone F.C.

Although Edinburgh-born, Rutherford lived most of his life in Fife and started his professional career at East Fife. After four years with the Methil club, he signed for St. Johnstone which was where he remained for most of his playing days.

Playing in the centre of defence for St. Johnstone over a span of nine seasons, he made more appearances for the team than any player who had gone before him and his record number of appearances stood until 2009 when it was surpassed by St. Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Main. Rutherford was also club captain and a popular player with the club's supporters.

His time at Perth began in February 1977 and he made a total of 342 appearances (plus five as a substitute) before leaving the club in May 1985. Despite being a defender, he managed 18 goals for St. Johnstone.

After leaving St. Johnstone he had a short spell with another Fife club, Cowdenbeath, before retiring from the game.

Rutherford was held in such high regard by St. Johnstone fans that, despite twenty years having passed since his time at the club, a benefit night was organised to raise funds after hearing of his illness. Although Rutherford himself was too ill to attend, his family was represented along with many of his former team-mates.

Rutherford died in 2005 from cancer.




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