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David McNiven

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David McNiven (13.5K)

Position Left winger
Born 09 Sep 1955, Stonehouse (Scotland)
Height 167 cm
Weight 71 kg
International Caps Scotland: 3 U21

Club From To Apps Goals Sold for
Leeds United 01 Sep 1972 01 Feb 1978 23 6 £25000
Bradford City 01 Feb 1978 01 Feb 1983 212 64  
Blackpool 01 Feb 1983 01 May 1984 49 11  
Halifax Town 01 Mar 1985 01 Jun 1985 12 4  

Leeds Career League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1975 - 1976 0(2)1 0  1  0  0 
1976 - 1977 13(5)5 0  0  0  0 
1977 - 1978 2  0  0  0  0 
Total 15(7)6 0  1  0  0 

Jabba's Comments

With U-21 caps against Sweden, Czechoslovakia and Wales, and retained as a backup player through some of the more successful years in Leeds' history, David McNiven can't have been all that bad a player, despite what a few folks with selective and rather biased memories may think. He came through the youth and reserve sides, appearing for the Scottish Schoolboy side and was thought of as a real prospect for the future as he hammered in the goals at the lower level, including three hat-tricks in the 1975-76 Central League season alone. When he did play for Leeds, his scoring record wasn't that bad, but still he failed to secure a regular berth in the first team at Elland Road. He later showed he knew where the net was during a good spell with Bradford. Like many borderline successful players in the early 1980s, he spent some time playing in the NASL before returning for half a season with Halifax and then non-league football at Morecambe.

Mark Serella says: what can you say. I thought he was the Alan Smith of his generation and super sub was his tag. He was better than Ole Gunnar any day.

peter werby says: i know Dave, I used to work with him at Evans Halshaw in Preston until i left in 2000. he's a good guy. his two sons were both with oldham athletic at the time

Roy Schofield says: I spent thousands on getting his autograph - I bought his house back in the late seventies. (Carl Harris lived opposite too!) If only I could afford to buy a house from a player with a top club these days....

Nicole MCNiven says: I would love to know if i am related to him

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