David McNiven (footballer, born 1978)

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David McNiven
McNiven with Hyde in 2012
Personal information
Full name David Jonathan McNiven[1]
Date of birth (1978-05-27) 27 May 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Y.M.C.A. Juniors
1992–1995 Oldham Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2000 Oldham Athletic 21 (2)
1997 Vasalunds (loan) ? (?)
2000 Scarborough (loan) 5 (2)
2000 Southport 12 (1)
2000–2001 York City 41 (8)
2001 Chester City 3 (0)
2001–2002 Hamilton Academical 26 (6)
2002–2003 Northwich Victoria 23 (5)
2002–2003 Kidsgrove Athletic (loan) ? (?)
2003–2004 Leigh RMI 41 (25)
2004–2006 Queen of the South 47 (14)
2006 Scarborough 18 (6)
2006–2007 Morecambe 27 (3)
2007 Stafford Rangers (loan) 9 (9)
2007–2009 Stafford Rangers 23 (5)
2009–2010 Hyde 39 (12)
2010–2011 Droylsden 10 (4)
2011 Hyde 6 (1)
2011–2012 Workington 0 (0)
2012 Bradford Park Avenue 0 (0)
2012–? Hyde 3 (0)
National team
2004 England C 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:32, 22 April 2013 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:55, 19 January 2009 (UTC)

David Jonathan McNiven (born 27 May 1978) is an English footballer. He played as a striker and is now a sports scientist/ PE teacher.[2] He is a well traveled player, he has predominantly played in England but has also played football in Scotland and Sweden.

Early life[edit]

Born in Leeds, McNiven was raised in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, where he played junior football for the Y.M.C.A. juniors alongside Gavin McCann who went on to play for Bolton Wanderers and John Hills who went on to play for Blackpool.

Club career[edit]

McNiven came through the ranks at Oldham Athletic alongside his brother Scott, but struggled to establish himself with the Latics. After loan spells with Scarborough and in Sweden. He eventually signed for Southport in the closing months of the 1999–2000 season. He joined York City in the summer of 2000, going on to spend just over a year with the Minstermen, and netting eight times. A month with Chester City followed, before he moved to Scotland to play for Hamilton Academical.

At the end of the season, McNiven was on the move yet again, this time back to England and Northwich Victoria. He played 23 times for the Vics, scoring five goals, but left at the conclusion of the 2002–03 season to join Leigh RMI. He came to prominence with the Railwaymen, scoring 25 goals in just 41 games before he took the chance to move back into the Scottish Football League with Queen of the South where he spent 18 months, scoring 14 goals.

McNiven spent the latter half of the 2005–06 season back with Scarborough. After they were relegated, he made the move to Lancashire, signing for Morecambe ahead of the 2006–07 season. Mainly used as a squad player, he scored his first goal for Morecambe against Woking in August 2006. On 31 January 2007 he moved from Morecambe to Stafford Rangers, initially on a month's loan,[3] only to be recalled by Morecambe due to injury worries. He made a late substitute appearance for Morecambe in the 2006–07 Conference National play-off final win at Wembley Stadium against Exeter City.

McNiven agreed to join Halifax Town in August 2007, but later opted instead to rejoin Stafford Rangers.[4] On 8 October 2008 he was due to join Fleetwood Town on a one-month loan deal,[5] however injuries at Stafford Rangers meant he did not sign.[6]

He left Stafford in the summer of 2009 to move closer to his Lancashire home,[7] joining Hyde United, becoming one of a number of signings made by manager Neil Tolson ahead of the 2009–10 season.[8] He finished the 2009–10 season with Hyde as the club top goalscorer with 13 goals in all competitions.[9] In summer 2010 after just one season with Hyde, he joined their rivals Droylsden.[10] In March 2011 he was released from the club along with Jody Banim and subsequently re-joined his brother's side Hyde.[11]

After leaving Hyde, he joined Workington and then Bradford Park Avenue, before re-joining Hyde in August 2012 as a player, as well as a sports scientist.[12]

International career[edit]

McNiven was called up to the England C national team in 2004 and appeared four times for them.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

McNiven's father (also called David) was also a professional footballer as is his twin brother, Scott, who plays for the same club.


  1. ^ "David McNiven". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Oldham News - Local Sport News - David happy to pass on his expertise - Chronicle Online". oldham-chronicle.co.uk. 
  3. ^ "Striker McNiven boosts Stafford". 1 February 2007 – via bbc.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "McNiven decides to join Stafford". BBC Sport. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  5. ^ "David McNiven arrives on loan". Fleetwood Town F.C. 8 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-09. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Wolves legend to plot Town's downfall". Blackpool Gazette. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-14. 
  7. ^ "Millar hope but striker return a doubt". Express & Star. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Kids go free". Tameside Advertiser. 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  9. ^ "Hyde 2009/2010 Statistics (sorted by Total Goals)". hydefc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Six more arrive at Butchers Arms". Blue Square Bet. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  11. ^ "New Signings". hydefc.co.uk. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "New Signing". Hyde F.C. Retrieved 11 August 2012. [permanent dead link]

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