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David McCracken
Nationality: Sco
Rovers apps (gls)1: 10 (0)
Date of birth: 16 October 1981
Place of birth: Glasgow
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Position: Defender
Date joined: 17 January 2011
Joined from: Brentford
Date left: 8 May 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

David McCracken joined Rovers on loan from Brentford in January 2011 by short-lived manager Dave Penney, who was looking to add some depth to the squad at a time they were struggling for results. He was initially brought in for a one-month spell to cover for the suspended Danny Coles in the centre-back position, but shortly before the close of the January transfer window the deal was extended to the end of the 2010–11 season, although injury and suspension kept him out of the squad for much of this spell. He eventually went on to make 10 appearances comprising of five starts and five from the bench before returning to his parent club.

He has been capped by Scotland at under-21 level, and also has a Scottish Cup runners-up medal from the 2004–05 season.


David started his playing career in his native Scotland, turning out 179 times in the SPL for Dundee United between his debut in May 2000 and leaving the club in 2007. At this point he joined Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer, where he stayed for two years until moving to Milton Keynes Dons in 2009.

In the summer of 2010 he moved to Brentford, and although he had been a first-team regular at his previous clubs he failed to establish himself with the London side, making just one league start and one substitute appearance, as well as one game in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, before joining Rovers on loan in January 2011.

After leaving Brentford in the summer of 2011 he returned to his native Scotland, signing a two-year deal with St Johnstone.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1998–99 Dundee United 0 0
1999–00 Dundee United 2 0
2000–01 Dundee United 9 1
2001–02 Dundee United 19 0
2002–03 Dundee United 25 1
2003–04 Dundee United 32 1
2004–05 Dundee United 25 2
2005–06 Dundee United 34 2
2006–07 Dundee United 33 1
2007–08 Wycombe Wanderers 37 1
2008–09 Wycombe Wanderers 39 1
2009–10 Milton Keynes Dons 41 1
2010–11 Brentford 2 0
2010–11 Bristol Rovers (loan) 10 0
2011–12 St Johnstone 28 1
2012–13 St Johnstone 16 0

Record against Rovers[]

David has played twice against Rovers at first team level, both while playing for Milton Keynes Dons during the 2009–10 season. Both of those games ended in a win for the home side.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
31 October 2009 Milton Keynes Dons stadium:mk 2–1 to MK Dons
5 April 2010 Milton Keynes Dons Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Rovers Booked