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The Ferguson Club

Celebrating the Engineering Genius of Harry Ferguson and his Impact on Farming Mechanisation around the World

The Ferguson Club is an international, independent member’s Club established in 1986 to promote and disseminate information and interest in the work of the late Harry Ferguson, Ferguson products and in particular the ‘Ferguson System’. The Club covers all Ferguson tractors – the Model A (Ferguson-Brown), Ford-Ferguson 9N and 2N (also 8N), Ferguson TE20, TO20, TO30, F40, FE35 and by agreement with Massey-Ferguson UK Ltd, the MF35 and MF65 and 100 series. Including all Ferguson agricultural implements.

The Ferguson Club’s aim is also to further the appreciation of the engineering feats of Harry Ferguson with his early life in aviation and motor vehicles including his business Harry Ferguson Research Ltd. The Club encourages members and others to exchange information and share views on the life and achievements of Harry Ferguson and his legacy and relevance into the future.


The Club acts as a forum for information, research and service aspects, both through our Website, our Journal and by direct enquiry. Our quality full colour journal is produced four times a year and posted to all members Worldwide.

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2024 Update

A website basedInformation Exchange Forum has been established for the sharing of ideas and technical questions and answers. Everyone is invited to use the capabilities of this new service. We have also updated our Membership platform which is now operational.

Older articles of interest from the members Journal will be placed in the “Articles” library section on the  website from time to time, filed under six different categories. The latest for 2024 being the Ferguson 4WD archives. Please review regularly for updates. Feel free to forward any new items that you would like to be located in this online library.

For 2024, we have put into place a Ferguson Club Members Area. The Members Area is password protected, with the current password published in the club journal (from Journal 105, mid 2023). The password protected Club Members Area contains all of the older Ferguson Club Journals online from number 1, and also Technical Notes of significant value, reserved for Club Member access.


Ferguson Club Origins

The Club was formed in 1986 after a letter from Mr Ken Goodwin appeared in the Farmers Weekly suggesting that anyone interested in matters Ferguson contact him. From the start the principle aim of the Club was “to promote interest in the late Harry Ferguson, his designs for the mechanisation of world agriculture and in particular the Ferguson System”.

Harry Ferguson was born in the tiny village of Growell, which is about 16 miles south of Belfast, in 1884. His parents, James and Mary Ferguson owned a farm of just over 100 acres. Having felt at first hand the toil and drudgery of farming in those days, Harry decided it was not for him and joined his brother’s garage as an apprentice. He soon showed a gift for all things mechanical and eventually branched out on his own. During the 1st World War, Harry came across the tractors of the time. These were heavy cumbersome beasts, which towed the plough behind them with a chain. He decided there must be a better way and set upon the almost lifelong task of designing a system where the tractor and plough became an integral unit. Harry and his team eventually produced the Ferguson System of 3-point hydraulic linkage, which soon became the standard in the industry and is still used on almost all tractors today.

The Club is actively supported by the Ferguson family. Our President is Mr Jamie Sheldon, the Grandson of Harry Ferguson, and our Vice President’s are Mrs Sally Fleming and Ms Caroline Sheldon, pictured below at a Ferguson Club AGM.

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Members of Harry’s original team including Mr John Chambers and Mr Dick Dowdswell were also associated with the Club.

The Club is continuing to expand with a membership nearing 3500, from 180 in 1986. Members get the quality Club Journal 4 times a year and are able to take part in Club events. The Club puts on excellent friendly displays at many of the top shows in the country and members are obviously welcome to display their machines.

While it is not compulsory for members to own a Ferguson tractor the fact is that most do. So whatever the condition of your tractor, from a paddock ornament to a showpiece please think about joining our club. We have many Ferguson experts in the Club, all happy to give their advice.

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After all those years the original aims and ethos of the Club still remain. This very friendly Club is run by members for members and is still able to turn up new information about Harry Ferguson and his work. Long may it continue.