Roy Wegerle



Previous Clubs: Tacoma, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Chelsea, Luton Town, Swindon Town, QPR, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City, Colorado Rapids, Tampa Bay Mutiny.

Last Appearance in the Premiership: Coventry City 0-0 Everton, 14/05/1995

The flamboyant forward added a cosmopolitan touch to cold nights at Ewood Park and Highfield Road. Born in South Africa, he followed his two elder brothers to Florida in the 1970s as they became big names in the North American Soccer League. Starting his own career with Tacoma, he moved onto Tampa Bay before making a splash across the Atlantic with Chelsea. Spells at Swindon, Luton and QPR came before he joined Blackburn Rovers for the Premiership big kick off in 1992. Having chosen to play for the United States - over four other options - he became a US soccer legend, hitting seven goals in 41 internationals and featured in two World Cups, the first - 1994 - on home soil. He scored four goals in 22 Premiership games under Kenny Dalglish before moving to Highfield Road on deadline day in 1993. After 13 goals in 75 Premiership games, he joined the nascent MLS with Colorado Rapids. After retiring in 1998, Wegerle switched sports and aimed to get a card on the European PGA golf tour. The highlight was an spot in Johannesburg’s Alfred Dunhill Championship - he missed the cut - although some may feel an appearance in the 2002 World Ice Golf Championship at Uummannaq, Greenland, 600 km north of the Arctic Circle, surpassed that achievement.