David McNiven (footballer, born 1955)

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David McNiven
Personal information
Full name David Scott McNiven
Date of birth (1955-09-09) 9 September 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Stonehouse, Scotland
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Leeds United 23 (6)
1978–1983 Bradford City 212 (64)
1983–1984 Blackpool 49 (11)
1985 Halifax Town 12 (4)
1985 Morecambe
National team
1976–1977 Scotland U21 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Scott McNiven (born 9 September 1955 in Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish former footballer who played for Leeds United, Bradford City, Blackpool and Morecambe. His sons David and Scott are both football players as well.


McNiven signed for Sam Ellis' Blackpool in February 1983. He made his debut on the 26th of that month, scoring the only goal in a victory over Rochdale at Bloomfield Road. He started every subsequent game in the 1982–83 campaign, scoring four more goals as the Seasiders finished fourth-bottom of Division 4 and had to seek reelection.[1]

The following 1983–84 season saw McNiven make 32 League appearances and score six goals. He also scored one of the two goals that put Blackpool into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup at the expense of Manchester City.[2]

At the end of the season, he moved across the Pennines to join Halifax Town.


  1. ^ Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, Roy Calley (1992), p. 340-1
  2. ^ Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992, Roy Calley (1992), p. 341-2