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Scott McGleish
Full name Scott McGleish
Nationality Eng England
Rovers apps (goals)a 27 (7)
Position Forward
Date of birth 10 February 1974
in Barnet
Height 5 ft 9 in
1 July 2011 from Leyton Orient
30 June 2012
Senior clubs
Edgware Town
Charlton Athletic
Leyton Orient
Peterborough United
Colchester United
Cambridge United
Leyton Orient
Colchester United
Northampton Town
Wycombe Wanderers
Northampton Town
Leyton Orient
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 21/05/2012

Experienced forward Scott McGleish joined Rovers during the summer 2011 squad overhaul, which saw most existing players leave the club and fifteen new faces join. At 37 years old, McGleish was by far the oldest of the new signings, but that didn't stop him performing a somersault in celebration of scoring on his Rovers debut, a 3–2 victory over AFC Wimbledon screened live on Sky Sports.

Despite being in the twilight of his footballing career, the much-travelled player was a regular in the first team for the early part of the 2011–12 season. His appearances after the mid-way point of the season came mainly from the bench however, and on 1 March he was loaned out to Barnet, where he had previously spent just over three years between 1997 and 2001.

When manager Paul Buckle was relieved of his duties in December McGleish applied to become his replacement, but the job was instead given to Mark McGhee. McGleish was released by the club at the end of the 2011–12 season having scored seven times in 27 league appearances.


Londoner McGleish began his career playing non-league football with Edgware Town in 1993, but it took just a year for him to work his way into the professional game, signing for Charlton Athletic in 1994. After only a year with The Addicks, during which time he was loaned to Leyton Orient for the first of several spells with the club over the course of his career, he moved to Peterborough United in 1995. As with him time at Charlton, he failed to establish himself as a first team regular with the Posh and he was sent out on loan twice more, firstly to Colchester United and then to Peterborough United.

In 1996 he returned to Leyton Orient, this time joining them directly, rather than signing for them on loan, but after scoring seven goals in 36 league appearances he was on the move again, this time to Barnet in 1997. This marked the beginning of the most stable period of his career, in terms of moving between clubs, spending four years with the Bees, then three years back with his former club Colchester United and another three with Northampton Town. Throughout this period he was playing regular first team football, making a combined total of 389 league appearances and scoring 117 goals. He began a two-year stint with Wycombe Wanderers in 2007, during which time he was loaned out to two of his former clubs, Northampton Town and Leyton Orient. The move to the Os became permanent in 2009 and he was the club's top goalscorer during the 2010–11 season with 18 goals in all competitions, immediately before joining Rovers on a free transfer in the summer of 2011.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1993–94 Edgware Town ? ?
1994–95 Charlton Athletic 6 0
1994–95 Leyton Orient (loan) 6 1
1995–96 Peterborough United 12 0
1995–96 Colchester United (loan) 15 6
1996–97 Peterborough United 1 0
1996–97 Cambridge United (loan) 10 7
1996–97 Leyton Orient 28 7
1997–98 Leyton Orient 8 0
1997–98 Barnet 37 13
1998–99 Barnet 36 8
1999–00 Barnet 42 10
2000–01 Barnet 19 5
2000–01 Colchester United 21 5
2001–02 Colchester United 46 15
2002–03 Colchester United 43 8
2003–04 Colchester United 34 10
2004–05 Northampton Town 44 13
2005–06 Northampton Town 42 17
2006–07 Northampton Town 25 12
2006–07 Wycombe Wanderers 14 5
2007–08 Wycombe Wanderers 46 25
2008–09 Wycombe Wanderers 15 3
2008–09 Northampton Town (loan) 9 1
2008–09 Leyton Orient (loan) 16 6
2009–10 Leyton Orient 42 12
2010–11 Leyton Orient 39 12
2011–12 Bristol Rovers 27 7
2011–12 Barnet (loan) 9 0