Scott McNiven

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Scott McNiven
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Personal information
Full name Scott Andrew McNiven
Date of birth (1978-05-27) 27 May 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1992–1995 Oldham Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–2002 Oldham Athletic 222 (3)
2002–2004 Oxford United 85 (1)
2004–2005 Mansfield Town 25 (0)
2005–2006 Chester City 41 (1)
2006 Morecambe 0 (0)
2006–2007 Fleetwood Town 8 (0)
2007 Guiseley ? (?)
2007–2008 Farsley Celtic 30 (0)
2008–2009 Fylde ? (?)
2009–2011 Hyde 64 (2)
Total 475 (7)
National team
1995 Scotland U21[1] 1 (0)
Teams managed
2011 Hyde (joint-caretaker)
2012–2015 Hyde
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Scott Andrew McNiven (born 27 May 1978) is an English-born Scottish footballer. He started his career at Oldham Athletic in 1995 before moving on to Oxford United in 2002. He jointly managed Hyde with Steve Halford at the end of the 2010–11 season, before returning a year later to take up the full manager's post.


Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, he progressed through the youth ranks at Oldham Athletic in the Football League where he eventually went on to make 222 appearances, before leaving in 2002 after ten years at the club. He then joined Oxford United where he stayed for two years making 85 appearances, before in 2004, he left the club and went on to play for Mansfield Town and then Chester City, but he was released by Chester in 2006 and was unable to find a new club. After his release from Chester McNiven spent time with Morecambe, Fleetwood Town and Guiseley respectively.

McNiven joined Conference National newcomers Farsley Celtic ahead of the 2007–08 season. His debut on 11 August 2007 saw him come up against his twin brother who was playing for Stafford Rangers. It was Scott who came out on top, as Farsley clinched a 1–0 win. In July 2008 Scott joined Fylde on a Free Transfer from Farsley Celtic.

At the start of the 2009–10 season he joined up with his twin brother David at Hyde. Scott made his debut against Stafford Rangers which Scott's Hyde won 1–0.[2] On 17 October 2010, he scored his first goal for Hyde in a 3–1 defeat to Corby Town.[3] He scored once more that season in a 4–3 defeat to the hands of Blyth Spatrans.[4] He finished the 2009–2010 season with Hyde having played 42 games in all competitions scoring 2 goals.[5] On 3 October 2010, McNiven was made assistant manager to Neil Tolson at Hyde following the departure of former assistant manager Glynn Hurst to FC United of Manchester.[6][7] He took over as joint player-manager with Steve Halford after the sacking of Neil Tolson on 4 April 2011.[8] He was replaced as the joint-manager of Hyde before the start of the 2011–12 season by Gary Lowe.[9] In May 2012, he was appointed as full-time manager when Gary Lowe resigned after just a year with the club.[10] He was relieved of his duties on 2 January 2015 following a 7-1 defeat to Stalybridge Celtic.

Personal life[edit]

His father and twin brother, both named David, were also footballers. In 2007 whilst he was at Mansfield Town he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but made a full recovery. After his time with cancer, he went out to help others with the same illness.[11]


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  2. ^ "Match Details: Hyde 1–0 Stafford Rangers". August 2009. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Match Details: Hyde 1–3 Corby Town". 17 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Match Details: Blyth Spartans 4–3 Hyde". 3 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Hyde 2009/2010 Statistics (sorted by Total Appearances)". September 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Hyde FC unveil McNiven as number two". Blue Square Bet North. 3 October 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  7. ^ "Tolson Names Assistant". 3 October 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Statement from the Board". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  9. ^ "New Managerial Appointment". Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Gary Lowe and Martyn Booty leave Hyde FC". Hyde F.C. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Scott McNiven Supports Male Cancer Awareness Month". 30 June 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2010.

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