Ross started his career at Arsenal, joining in 1972 as an apprentice and turning professional in 1974. He made his first-team debut against Liverpool on February 1, 1975, and was a regular in the 1975-76 and 1976-77 seasons. He was ousted out of the side by David Price at the start of the 1977-78 season, and moved to Everton in November 1977. He played 68 games in all for Arsenal, scoring 9 goals.
Ross made his Everton debut on 5 November 1977 in the 1-0 defeat of Derby County; he went on to play 120 matches scoring 16 goals for the Toffees, before being sent out on loan: first to Portsmouth then to Sheffield United in 1982-83. After a spell in Greece with AEK Athens FC, he returned to Sheffield United, and saw out his career at Bury and Altrincham.
He currently lives close to oldham and is a coach for AFC Oldham's Youth Teams U14's U15's U16's.
His father, Willie Ross, was also a footballer, playing for Bradford City in the 1950s. Despite being born in England, Ross could claim Scottish ancestry through his father, and was capped once by Scotland U21s, though never for the senior team.
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