Scott Hiley

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Scott Hiley
Personal information
Full name Scott Patrick Hiley
Date of birth (1968-09-27) 27 September 1968 (age 45)
Place of birth Plymouth, England
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Exeter City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1993 Exeter City 210 (12)
1993–1996 Birmingham City 49 (0)
1996 Manchester City (loan) 6 (0)
1996–1998 Manchester City 3 (0)
1998 Southampton (loan) 1 (0)
1998–1999 Southampton 31 (0)
1999–2002 Portsmouth 75 (0)
2002 Exeter City (loan) 9 (0)
2002–2006 Exeter City 126 (1)
2006–2007 Crawley Town 44 (0)
2008 Tiverton Town
2008–2009 Cullompton Rangers 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Scott Patrick Hiley (born 27 September 1968 in Plymouth) is an English former footballer.

Football career[edit]

A defender, mainly at right-back, Hiley first came through the Exeter City youth system in 1986. He was a key part of Exeter's Fourth Division-winning side of 1989–90, and in 1993 he followed manager Terry Cooper to Birmingham City.

Hiley spent three injury-hit years with Birmingham, and in February 1996 was a surprise loan signing for Premiership side Manchester City. Two months later the move was made permanent, but he found first-team opportunities limited and sat in the reserves for two years as City slid down the leagues.

In August 1998 he returned to the Premiership with Southampton (where Terry Cooper was working in a scouting role), and spent 18 months there, before joining rival club Portsmouth in December 1999. He was a popular player at Portsmouth, captaining the side and winning the player of the year award in his first full season, but the team was not successful.

When Harry Redknapp was appointed manager in 2002, he cleared out most of the old squad and built a new team. While Portsmouth won the First Division title, Hiley returned to Exeter in November for his second spell. He was one of the club's better players in the 2002–03 season, but he couldn't stop the side being relegated from the Football League. He remained with Exeter after relegation and, in 2003, joined the coaching staff. He continued to be a first-team regular until October 2005. During his second spell at Exeter, Hiley played for them in the FA Cup against Manchester United and became somewhat of a local hero when he nutmegged Cristiano Ronaldo. In August 2004 he scored his first goal in more than 10 years as Exeter beat Northwich Victoria 2–1.[1] Hiley left the club in February 2006 when his contract was terminated by mutual consent; he had spent over 10 years at St James Park in his two spells with the Grecians and had started almost 400 games for the club.

In August 2006, he was signed by Crawley Town after a successful pre-season trial period. He left the club after a year. In September 2008, he signed for Tiverton Town after being brought to Ladysmead by manager Martyn Rogers as cover for what had proven over the 2007 season to be an injury-jinxed right-back spot. He also featured a few times for Cullompton Rangers during the 2008–09 season.[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Northwich 1–2 Exeter". BBC. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "The 2008/09 season fixtures". Cullompton Rangers F.C. Retrieved 29 September 2010. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Darren Moore
Portsmouth Captain
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Paul Merson