Player Records

Below are lists of player records pertaining to record appearances, goals scored and clean sheets kept.

The following players have played over 200 games for County in all competitions.


Michael Gardyne (314 appearances)

Signed in September 2014 on loan from Dundee United, this clever, tricky performer can be used as a winger, and has also played as central or wide midfielder. He has a good turn of pace and can cause problems to defences with his late attacking runs on the ball.

A capable goal-scorer as well as creator, he began his career in the youth set-up at Celtic. He moved up from the youths in 2004 and into the reserves, but he failed to make the break into the top team, and had a loan spell with Ross County in 2006-07. He returned to Celtic, but at the end of the August transfer window in 2007 he joined Morton, a move which only lasted 6 months as he left in January to join Ross County.

He became a vital member of the team with the “Staggies” as they began their rise up through the Divisions in the Scottish game. In January 2012 he signed a pre-contract deal with Dundee United and he eventually moved to the Tannadice club in the summer of 2012. He was a regular in the first team squad during his first season, but in August 2013 he went on loan to Kilmarnock, initially for 6 months but it later extended to the end of the season. Despite a couple of spells out with injuries, he made 17 (+ 6 subs) appearances, scoring once, whilst at Rugby Park before returning to United at the end of the season. On the last day of the transfer window on September 1 last year, he agreed a 6 month loan deal to return for a third spell with Ross County, and this was extended until the end of the season.

Scott Boyd (306 appearances)

Signed in 2008 from Partick Thistle, this tall, solid centre back has good aerial qualities, and is dependable performer in the heart of the defence. He previously had been with Livingston, having been a product of their youth team. In January 2006, he went on loan to Partick Thistle, helping them to win promotion and later that summer the "Jags" bought his contract from Livingston. He remained with Thistle until January 2008, when he joined Ross County, and he has been a main contributor to their successes over the past few years, and has been a stalwart at the back again last season.

Mark McCulloch (288 appearances)

McCulloch started his career with Highland Football League side Clachnacuddin before moving to Dunfermline Athletic in 1994. After 3 season with the Pars, he returned to the Highlands and signed for his home-town team Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

McCulloch captained the Inverness side that won a famous cup tie against Celtic, 3–1 at Celtic Park in February 2000. He was one of three Caley Thistle players that joined Livingston in one season in 2001.

McCulloch was part of the Livingston team that was promoted to the Scottish Premier League, although he left the club before they played in the top division. He was also part of the Partick Thistle side that won promotion to the SPL the following season, but again he was transferred out of the club before playing any matches in the top tier.

He joined Ross County in 2002 and served the club for seven seasons, before moving in 2009 to Forfar Athletic, where he was captain. He retired in the summer of 2014 after failing to recover from a knee injury suffered in a cup tie against Dundee in August 2013.

Richard Brittain (269 appearances)

Brittain started his career Livingston in 2002, during his time at Livingston, he was loaned out to Raith Rovers in 2003.

In July 2006, despite interest from French clubs Montpellier and Racing Club Strasbourg, Brittain chose to sign for Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren on a free transfer. Brittain was released by St. Mirren in May 2008 and signed for Ross County in June 2008.

Brittain captained Ross County through victories in The Scottish Cup against SPL sides Hibs and Celtic. The famous 2–0 victory over Celtic at Hampden Park in the semi-final earned Ross County a place in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, the club's first ever major final, which County eventually lost 3–0 to Dundee United.

During the 2009–10 season, Brittain signed a new contract with the club. In the 2011–12 season, and into the first six games of 2012–13, Brittain captained Ross County through a post war Scottish record of 40 league games undefeated, over a full calendar year.

This run helped Ross County win the 2011–12 Scottish First Division by a record margin of 24 points and promotion to the Scottish Premier League for the first time in the club's history. Brittain would describe as his "greatest day of my career". He would sign a one-year contract with the club.

In the 2012–13 season, Brittain would score the club's first goal in the top-flight, as Ross County drew 1–1 with Celtic and scored another in the next match, giving Ross County their first win in the SPL, against Dundee.

Sean Higgins (220 appearances)

Sean Higgins started his career with Hamilton Academical where he played at youth level.

Higgins then moved to Ross County in 2002 where he spent seven years at Victoria Park.

Steve Ferguson (220 appearances)

Don Cowie (207 appearances)

Born in Inverness, Cowie attended Dingwall Academy and came up through Ross County's youth system and went on to captain the club.

His father was also a footballer for Ross County during the club's long membership of the Highland Football League.

Currently playing at Wigan Athletic, he has played at Inverness CT, Watford and Cardiff City since leaving Ross County in January 2007.

The following players have scored over 50 goals for County in all competitions.


Michael Gardyne (62 goals)

Signed in September 2014 on loan from Dundee United, this clever, tricky performer can be used as a winger, and has also played as central or wide midfielder. He has a good turn of pace and can cause problems to defences with his late attacking runs on the ball.

A capable goal-scorer as well as creator, he began his career in the youth set-up at Celtic. He moved up from the youths in 2004 and into the reserves, but he failed to make the break into the top team, and had a loan spell with Ross County in 2006-07. He returned to Celtic, but at the end of the August transfer window in 2007 he joined Morton, a move which only lasted 6 months as he left in January to join Ross County.

He became a vital member of the team with the “Staggies” as they began their rise up through the Divisions in the Scottish game. In January 2012 he signed a pre-contract deal with Dundee United and he eventually moved to the Tannadice club in the summer of 2012. He was a regular in the first team squad during his first season, but in August 2013 he went on loan to Kilmarnock, initially for 6 months but it later extended to the end of the season. Despite a couple of spells out with injuries, he made 17 (+ 6 subs) appearances, scoring once, whilst at Rugby Park before returning to United at the end of the season. On the last day of the transfer window on September 1 last year, he agreed a 6 month loan deal to return for a third spell with Ross County, and this was extended until the end of the season.

Sean Higgins (59 goals)

Sean Higgins started his career with Hamilton Academical where he played at youth level.

Higgins then moved to Ross County in 2002 where he spent seven years at Victoria Park.

Derek Adams (55 goals)

Adams started his professional career with Aberdeen, but failed to make a first-team appearance. He moved to English side Burnley, making a couple of league appearances in the mid-1990s before returning to Scotland with Ross County in 1996.

Adams joined Motherwell in 1998, spending six years at Fir Park, including a short loan spell with Ayr United. Adams was one of a number of players affected by the club's administration problems, accepting a pay cut in April 2002.

Adams failed to win any trophies during his time with Well, although he scored in the 2002–03 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Rangers. In 2004, Adams agreed a pre-contract move to hometown club Aberdeen, spending a year at Pittodrie before being transfer-listed and leaving for Livingston in 2005.

In 2006, Adams returned to Ross County as player–coach. In November 2007, Adams was promoted to the role of player–manager, having served as caretaker manager since October.

Despite the terms of Adams' appointment, his last playing appearance was in October 2007.

Steve Ferguson (54 goals)

Richard Brittain (50 goals)

Brittain started his career Livingston in 2002, during his time at Livingston, he was loaned out to Raith Rovers in 2003.

In July 2006, despite interest from French clubs Montpellier and Racing Club Strasbourg, Brittain chose to sign for Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren on a free transfer. Brittain was released by St. Mirren in May 2008 and signed for Ross County in June 2008.

Brittain captained Ross County through victories in The Scottish Cup against SPL sides Hibs and Celtic. The famous 2–0 victory over Celtic at Hampden Park in the semi-final earned Ross County a place in the 2010 Scottish Cup Final, the club's first ever major final, which County eventually lost 3–0 to Dundee United.

During the 2009–10 season, Brittain signed a new contract with the club. In the 2011–12 season, and into the first six games of 2012–13, Brittain captained Ross County through a post war Scottish record of 40 league games undefeated, over a full calendar year.

This run helped Ross County win the 2011–12 Scottish First Division by a record margin of 24 points and promotion to the Scottish Premier League for the first time in the club's history. Brittain would describe as his "greatest day of my career". He would sign a one-year contract with the club.

In the 2012–13 season, Brittain would score the club's first goal in the top-flight, as Ross County drew 1–1 with Celtic and scored another in the next match, giving Ross County their first win in the SPL, against Dundee.

The following goalkeepers have kept over 20 clean sheets for County in all competitions.


Nicky Walker (54 clean sheets)

Walker started his career with Elgin City in the Highland League before signing for Leicester City aged 17. He didn’t settle in the Midlands though, and returned to Scotland within the year, signing for Motherwell in 1981. Two years later, he moved again, this time signing for Rangers, where he soon established himself as the Light Blues first choice keeper.

Walker joined Heart of Midlothian in a £125,000 deal.

Walker’s time at Tynecastle developed into a see-saw battle with Henry Smith for the starting goalkeeping role, both men earning international recognition when in the Hearts first team but enduring significant spells on the sidelines. Smith eventually won the duel and, after a loan spell with Burnley, Walker moved to Partick Thistle in 1994 in a part-exchange deal for Craig Nelson.

Firhill proved a happy home for Walker, and he enjoyed his most consistent period in the West of Glasgow. When Thistle were relegated in 1996, his form was sufficient to earn a £60,000 move to high-flying Aberdeen. He left Pittodrie in 1999 after he was supplanted by Derek Stillie, winding down his career at Ross County and a short spell at rivals near Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Walker currently holds the clubs record for the goalkeeper with most clean sheets (54) between 1997 - 2001.

Tony Bullock (41 clean sheets)

Bullock joined Northwich Victoria from local club Winnington Avenue F.C.. In August 1992, he joined Hyde United on loan, debuting in the 1-1 Northern Premier League draw at Goole Town on 22 August 1992 and appearing twice more for the club before returning to the Drill Field. He moved on to join Leek Town before signing for Barnsley in March 1997. He struggled to hold down a regular first team place and left for Macclesfield Town in 2000 on a free transfer.

On 22 March 2001 he became Alan Buckley's first signing for Lincoln City when the Sincil Bank based club agreed to take over his contract until the end of the season. He was released by the club at the end of the season.

He moved to Scotland to sign for Ross County in July 2001. A successful spell with County brought him a move to Dundee United in 2003, before he returned to England with Gillingham. After only five months with Gillingham, Bullock signed for St. Mirren in January 2006, but he failed to cement a first-team place and was released in May 2007.

He rejoined Ross County in June 2007. Bullock was Steven Tweed's first signing for Montrose. He then signed for Dundee on a pre-contract agreement and joined his new teammates for pre-season training ahead of the 2009-10 season on 1 July 2009.

Bullock signed for Livingston in 2010. In June 2012, Bullock signed for Arbroath in a player-coach role. On 1 November 2013, Bullock signed for Scottish League One side Airdrieonians on loan, making his debut the same day in a 3–0 defeat against Rangers in the Scottish Cup. This turned out to be his only appearance for the club and he then retired from playing and took up a role as their goalkeeping coach. He left Airdrieonians in October 2014.

Over the 2 spells with Ross County, he had kept 41 clean sheets.

Michael McGovern (32 clean sheets)

McGovern joined Celtic in July 2001 from home town junior club Enniskillen Town United. His first involvement with the first team squad was as a substitute at the Camp Nou during Celtic's Champions League match against Barcelona. Later that season, McGovern moved on loan to Stranraer, where he made nineteen appearances and the following season, joined St. Johnstone on a one-month emergency loan, playing once. At Celtic he managed to pick up a Scottish Cup winners medal in 2004 and 2007, both times as an unused substitute.

On 17 June 2008, McGovern agreed a pre-contract move to Dundee United, signing a one-year deal. He failed to make a first-team appearance for United and Manager Craig Levein confirmed McGovern's departure in May 2009.

McGovern moved to Ross County in late June 2009 and enjoyed a successful first season with the club, making 50 appearances. These included the 2010 Scottish Cup Final which Ross County lost 3–0 to McGovern's former club Dundee United and his full international debut.

In his second season at the club McGovern saved two penalties in a 4–3 penalty shoot-out win against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Challenge Cup semi-final on 10 October 2010. He played in the final on 10 April 2011, as Ross County lifted the trophy after a 2–0 win against Queen of the South at McDiarmid Park. McGovern left Ross County at the end of the 2010–11 Scottish First Division season.

After leaving Ross County, McGovern joined up with St. Johnstone for pre-season training before he signed for Falkirk on 20 July 2011.

On 9 June 2014, McGovern signed for Scottish Premiership club Hamilton Academical.

Steve Hutchison (30 clean sheets)

Michael Fraser (25 clean sheets)

Fraser signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2002. He was previously a talented shinty player with Glenurquhart Shinty Club but gave up the sport to pursue his professional ambitions.

Fraser signed a pre-contract with Motherwell on 19 January 2009, and joined the club in the summer. He made his Motherwell debut in the UEFA Europa League qualifying defeat against Llanelli but rarely featured for Motherwell due to the arrival of John Ruddy on loan from Everton. On 31 August 2010, Fraser was released by Motherwell as he did not feature in the clubs plans.

Fraser appeared as a trialist for Third Division team Montrose in a match against Albion Rovers. However, Fraser left the club only a few days after in search of full-time football, something that Montrose could not provide, despite being willing to sign the player permanently.

On 11 October 2010, Fraser was registered with Maltese Premier League champions, Birkirkara. He left the club at the end of the season.

On 10 June 2011, Fraser returned to Scotland and joined Ross County of the First Division. In his first season at the club, he played in every league match as Ross County won the First Division and were promoted to the Scottish Premier League for the first time. It was confirmed on 21 May 2013, that Fraser had been handed a contract extension as a reward for the fifth placed finish in the SPL. Fraser was released by the club in May 2014.[10]

On 17 June 2014, Fraser signed a one-year contract with Elgin City.