Scott McGleish

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Scott McGleish
Personal information
Full name Scott McGleish
Date of birth (1974-02-10) 10 February 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Barnet, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 Edgware Town 36 (32)
1994–1995 Charlton Athletic 6 (0)
1994 Leyton Orient (loan) 6 (1)
1995–1996 Peterborough United 13 (0)
1996 Colchester United (loan) 15 (6)
1996 Cambridge United (loan) 10 (7)
1996–1997 Leyton Orient 36 (7)
1997–2001 Barnet 134 (37)
2001–2004 Colchester United 144 (38)
2004–2007 Northampton Town 111 (42)
2007–2009 Wycombe Wanderers 75 (34)
2008–2009 Northampton Town (loan) 9 (1)
2009 Leyton Orient (loan) 16 (5)
2009–2011 Leyton Orient 81 (24)
2011–2012 Bristol Rovers 27 (7)
2012 Barnet (loan) 9 (0)
2012 Whitehawk 6 (3)
2012 Chesham United 7 (1)
2013 Enfield Town 13 (12)
2013– Wealdstone 47 (27)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:56, 4 January 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Scott McGleish (born 10 February 1974 in Barnet, Greater London) is an English footballer who currently plays for Isthmian League Premier Division side Wealdstone.


McGleish has been top goal scorer in a season at five clubs, Colchester (twice), Northampton Town, Wycombe, Orient and Wealdstone.

Charlton Athletic[edit]

Beginning his career at non-league Edgware Town in 1993, McGleish was soon scouted by league club Charlton Athletic. As he was only aged 20, McGleish was sent out on loan to Leyton Orient for the first of his four spells at the club. It was here that he began to make a name for himself, despite it only being a short-term loan he made six appearances and score his first senior goal in league football. He returned to Charlton but was restricted to a few starts.[quantify] He left for Peterborough United but was restricted to a few substitute appearances.[quantify] He was sent out on loans to Colchester United and Cambridge United.


He was subsequently sold to previous club Leyton Orient. He finally managed to get a constant place in the team, and in his one year spell back at Brisbane Road he scored seven goals.[citation needed] After this single season he was sold to Barnet, where he finally stayed for four years and repaid them with a goals-to-game ratio of a goal every 3.6 games.[citation needed] He then returned to Colchester United where he averaged a similar goal-scoring tally. He moved to Northampton Town in 2004 under a Bosman transfer and was their player of the year in his first season.[1] In 2006 he retained the player of the season accolade, Northampton's first player for 31 years to do so.[1] The same season he scored 24 goals as Northampton won promotion. He signed a new two-year contract in June 2006.[1]

Wycombe Wanderers[edit]

He joined Wycombe Wanderers on 25 January 2007 for an undisclosed fee from Northampton Town, signing a two year contract.[2] He spent two years with Wanderers, becoming a cult hero with the Wycombe fans.[citation needed]

McGleish was loaned out to his former club Northampton Town on 28 October 2008, for a month's loan lasting until 25 November, wearing shirt number 27. He scored his first goal in his second spell in a first round FA Cup tie at Elland Road against Leeds United on 7 November.[3] His loan move was extended to January 2009, and he went on to score his first and only league goal of his loan period against Scunthorpe United.[4] McGleish's second spell at Northampton was not much of a success, he scored only twice in 11 appearances so manager Stuart Gray decided not to sign the striker in the January transfer window and he returned to Wycombe.

East London again[edit]

He rejoined former club Leyton Orient on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season for the third time. He scored the first two goals of his loan spell in the 3–2 defeat at home to Peterborough United before returning to Wycombe and subsequently being released on 6 May 2009. He then signed a one year contract with Leyton Orient on 26 May 2009. He scored 12 goals in 41 league appearances prior to the last game of the 2009–10 season away to Colchester United. His goals included a double against Carlisle United in a 2–2 draw, and the winner away from home against old club Wycombe in October. There was a crucial diving header to give Orient a 1–0 win against Charlton Athletic, and another double in a 2–1 win over Tranmere Rovers. On 1 May he scored a 94th minute goal to seal Orient's League One status with a 2–0 win over Wycombe with a game to spare. The goal also relegated his old club as they needed a win to take their hopes of survival to the last day.

On 7 December 2010, McGleish scored an extra-time hat-trick in the FA Cup Second Round against Droylsden. His team-mate Jonathan Téhoué also scored a hat-trick, ultimately guiding Orient to an 8–2 victory and a place in the Third Round.[5]

On 10 May 2011 McGleish was released by Leyton Orient after his fourth stint with the club, despite being the club's top scorer of the 2010–11 season with 17 league goals.[6] He had performed well as mentioned above, making his presence felt all over the pitch without fouling, and poaching goals by quickly taking advantage of space and opportunities. It was felt by fans that he had matured with age and news of his swift departure at the end of the season was met with surprise; not least as the club stated that it was looking to increase front line options.[citation needed] He revealed that he had not been offered a new contract, and added that he was "gutted and a little bit shocked", although he had suspected that he would be released.[7]

Bristol Rovers[edit]

On 29 June 2011 he signed a contract with recently relegated Bristol Rovers. On signing McGleish, their manager Paul Buckle said, "Scott has scored goals wherever he has played. I think he is a fantastic signing for us."[8] He told the Bristol Evening Post: "Scott certainly affects games and I don't think there will be any defence in the country that will be able to take their eyes off him for one minute. If they do, it will be at their peril."[9]

McGleish stated that Buckle was the main reason he signed for Rovers, adding, "Paul could have stayed at Torquay and tried to take them further, but coming here was his ambition and I want to be part of it."[9]

On 6 August 2011, the opening day of the 2011–12 season, McGleish scored Rovers' first goal and set up another on his debut for the club in their 3–2 win at AFC Wimbledon.[10]

On 1 March 2012, McGleish re-joined Barnet on a short term loan deal.[11]

On 17 May 2012, McGleish was released from Bristol Rovers.

On 19 Aug 2012, McGleish scored in a friendly match for Brixton Old Boys FC, against Los Blancos FC. He also appeared in a friendly match against FC Marcelona.

In November 2012, McGleish joined Chesham United on a free transfer from Whitehawk.[12]

Enfield Town[edit]

McGleish was released from Whitehawk 1 January 2013, and promptly joined Isthmian League Premier Division side Enfield Town.[13] He made his debut for the club in a 3-2 defeat against Bury Town, in which he scored. He scored nine more goals in his next eight games, including braces against Carshalton Athletic and Met Police, and a hat-trick against Cray Wanderers.


In March 2013 McGleish accepted an offer to join rivals Wealdstone[14] to help bolster their push for promotion to the Conference South. He made his debut in a 4-2 win over Margate, scoring the fourth in what was an impressive display for the Stones. He played in the Ryman Premier play-off semi-final against Concord Rangers, hitting the bar late on while Wealdstone were 1-0 up. They went on to lose the game 2-1 in extra time. McGleish signed on for the 2013-14 season at Wealdstone and was a pivotal part of the team which won the Ryman League Premier title and thus achieve promotion to the Conference South. He finished the season the club's top scorer with 23 goals. Despite reaching the age of 40, McGleish intends to carry on for another season.

Non-playing career[edit]

He currently serves on the management committee of the Professional Footballers' Association.[15]

In 2011, while at Leyton Orient, he made a high profile appearance in a television advert for the Nintendo DS in the UK.[16]

He is currently coaching at Stevenage's youth academy.[17]



Northampton Town[18]

Wealdstone: Ryman Premier League Winner 2013-14


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  4. ^ "Scunthorpe 4–4 Northampton". BBC. 13 December 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Leyton Orient 8 Droylsden 2 (aet)". BBC. 7 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Striker Scott McGleish leads Leyton Orient departures". BBC Sport. 11 May 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "GMF Exclusive with a released goalscoring machine". 21 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Bristol Rovers sign Lance Cronin and Scott McGleish". BBC Sport. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "Paul Buckle's the big reason why I'm here, says Bristol Rovers newcomer Scott McGleish". Bristol Evening Post. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "AFC Wimbledon 2–3 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  11. ^,,10431~2629406,00.html
  12. ^ "November Transfers (part one)". Pitchero. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  13. ^ "McGleish leaves Chesham". Bucks Free Press. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2013-01-02. 
  14. ^ "McGleish leaves Town for Stones". Pitchero Non League. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22. 
  15. ^ "My sons have ordered me to get Fabregas's shirt at the final whistle". (London). 18 February 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Orient star McGleish: My son supports Arsenal… and so do I". Daily Mirror. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Stevenage v Leyton Orient. Stevenage F.C. 2013. p. 28. 
  18. ^ "Tier Four (League Two) Honours". 

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