Scott McGleish
Full nameScott McGleish
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a27 (7)
Date of birth10 February 1974
in Barnet
Height5 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 statsEdit

1993–94Edgware Town ??
1994–95Charlton Athletic 60
1994–95Leyton Orient (loan)61
1995–96Peterborough United 120
1995–96Colchester United (loan)156
1996–97Peterborough United 10
1996–97Cambridge United (loan)107
1996–97Leyton Orient 287
1997–98Leyton Orient 80
1997–98Barnet 3713
1998–99Barnet 368
1999–00Barnet 4210
2000–01Barnet 195
2000–01Colchester United 215
2001–02Colchester United 4615
2002–03Colchester United 438
2003–04Colchester United 3410
2004–05Northampton Town 4413
2005–06Northampton Town 4217
2006–07Northampton Town 2512
2006–07Wycombe Wanderers 145
2007–08Wycombe Wanderers 4625
2008–09Wycombe Wanderers 153
2008–09Northampton Town (loan)91
2008–09Leyton Orient (loan)166
2009–10Leyton Orient 4212
2010–11Leyton Orient 3912
2011–12Bristol Rovers 277
2011–12Barnet (loan)90

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