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David McNiven
Personal information
Full name David Jonathan McNiven
Date of birth 27 May 1978 (1978-05-27) (age 31)
Place of birth    Leeds, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Hyde United
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Oldham Athletic
Vasalunds (loan)
Scarborough (loan)
York City
Chester City
Hamilton Academical
Northwich Victoria
Kidsgrove Athletic (loan)
Leigh RMI
Queen of the South
Stafford Rangers (loan)
Stafford Rangers
Hyde United
21 0(2)
0? 0(?)
05 0(2)
12 0(1)
41 0(8)
03 0(0)
26 0(6)
23 0(5)
0? 0(?)
41 (25)
47 (14)
18 0(6)
27 0(3)
09 0(9)
23 0(5)
30 0(7)   
National team2
2004 England C 04 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 20:28, 29 July 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 22:31, 7 January 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

David Jonathan McNiven (born 27 May 1978 in Leeds, England) is an English-born Scottish footballer. His position is as a striker and he has played for a number of clubs, predominantly outside the Football League. He plays for Hyde United.


Club career

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, John Hills who went on to play for Blackpool and who is currently at Fleetwood Town as well as his twin brother Scott.

McNiven came through the ranks at Oldham Athletic alongside 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.

Come 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,[1] only to be recalled by Morecambe due to injury worries. He made a late substitute appearance for Morecambe in the 2006-07 Nationwide Conference 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.[2] On 8 October 2008 he was due to join Fleetwood Town on a one month loan deal,[3] however injuries at Stafford Rangers meant he did not sign.[4] He left Stafford in the summer of 2009 to move closer to his Lancashire home,[5] joining Hyde United, becoming one of a number of signings made by manager Neil Tolson ahead of the 2009–10 season.[6] David played his last home game against Hinckley United on 22nd February in a 3-2 win for the Tigers but McNiven couldnt get himself on the scoresheet.

Personal life

McNiven's father (also called David) was also a professional footballer as is his twin brother, Scott.


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