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David McCreery
Personal information
Full name David McCreery
Date of birth 16 September 1957 (1957-09-16) (age 52)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1979 Manchester United 87 (7)
1979–1981 Queens Park Rangers 57 (4)
1981–1982 Tulsa Roughnecks 45 (0)
1982–1989 Newcastle United 243 (2)
1989 Tulsa Renegades
1989 GIF Sundsvall 5 (0)
1989–1991 Heart of Midlothian 24 (0)
1991–1992 Hartlepool United 30 (0)
1992–1994 Carlisle United 35 (0)
1994–1995 Hartlepool United 9 (0)
National team
1976-1990 Northern Ireland 67 (0)
Teams managed
1992-1993 Carlisle United
1994-1995 Hartlepool United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

David McCreery (born 16 September 1957 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He mostly played in midfield, but was very versatile, and during his career played in every position bar goalkeeper. McCreery made 67 appearances for the Northern Ireland national football team,[1] and played in the World Cup finals of 1982 and 1986.

McCreery started his career with Manchester United, where he was a used substitute as they won the 1977 FA Cup. After scoring eight goals for the club, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers in 1979. In 1981, he joined Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League playing both the 1981 and 1982 summer seasons in the United States.[1]

In 1982, he was transferred to Newcastle United where he gained promotion in the 1983-84 season, before shorter spells at Heart of Midlothian and Hartlepool United.

He would later briefly manage Carlisle United and Hartlepool. His greatest success at these clubs came in 1993-94, when he guided Carlisle to a place in the Division Three playoffs, where they were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Wycombe Wanderers. He then joined Hartlepool United but was unable to win promotion back to Division Two and resigned after just one season to help set up the new soccer league MLS in America and also became European Consultant for Boca Juniors of Argentina.

Now, he is the owner of the welding consumables distribution company Weldmore Ltd and cutting tools distributor Tallentire Tooling Ltd both based in County Durham, running the business with local businessman Ian Harland, of Harland and Co.


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