David McCreery

David McCreery
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David McCreery of Sabah FA
Personal information
Full name David McCreery[1]
Date of birth (1957-09-16) 16 September 1957 (age 63)
Place of birth Belfast, Northern Ireland
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1979 Manchester United 97 (7)
1979–1981 Queens Park Rangers 57 (4)
1981–1982 Tulsa Roughnecks 45 (0)
1981–1982 Tulsa Roughnecks (indoor) 16 (2)
1982–1989 Newcastle United 272 (2)
GIF Sundsvall 5 (0)
1989–1991 Heart of Midlothian 44 (0)
1991–1992 Hartlepool United 30 (0)
1992 Coleraine 2 (0)
1992–1994 Carlisle United 39 (0)
1994–1995 Hartlepool United 9 (0)
Total 639 (19)
National team
1976–1990 Northern Ireland 67 (0)
Teams managed
1992–1994 Carlisle United
1994–1995 Hartlepool United
2010–2012 Magway
2012–2013 Sabah
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David McCreery (born 16 September 1957) is a Northern Irish former international footballer who played professionally for Newcastle United and many other clubs during his long career.

He mostly played in midfield, but was very versatile, and during his career played in every position bar goalkeeper. McCreery made 67 appearances for the Northern Ireland national football team,[2] and played in the World Cup finals of 1982 Spain and 1986 Mexico. David was named in the All Star Select XI at the World Cup 1982 for his continuous high quality performances.

McCreery started his career with Manchester United, where he was a used substitute as they won the 1977 FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. After scoring eight goals for the club, he transferred to Queens Park Rangers for £200,000 in 1979. In 1981, he joined Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League playing both the 1981 and 1982 summer seasons in the United States. He also played in the 1981–82 winter indoor league for Tulsa, netting two goals.[1]

In 1982, he was transferred to Newcastle United where he gained promotion in the 1983–84 season, before shorter spells at Heart of Midlothian and Hartlepool United.

He would later manage Carlisle United and Hartlepool, in the English Division 2. His greatest success at these clubs came in 1993–94, when he guided Carlisle to a place in the Division Three playoffs, where they were eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual winners Wycombe Wanderers. He won Manager of the Month Award twice within his tenure at the club. He then joined Hartlepool United but was unable to win promotion and resigned after one season to initiate Major League Soccer in America. Within the MLS role, McCreery worked with Bruce Arena, Dave Sarachan and Rinus Michels, coaching and then selecting suitable players to raise the profile of the MLS in its inaugural season and beyond.

His knowledge of global soccer and networks led McCreery to join a United States-based soccer management company, then he became European Consultant for Boca Juniors and scouted for a number of Premier and Championship League clubs in England.

McCreery was named head coach of Myanmar National League club Magway FC in late 2010. Straight away, he established a strong youth development programme at the club, and this resulted in five squad players being called up to the Myanmar U22 squad.[citation needed] After two years in Burma, McCreery moved to Malaysia to take charge of the Sabah state team in the Malaysian Premier League.[3] After leading the club to a Malaysia Cup Playoff Spot, he resigned from the role in July 2013.[4][5]



Manchester United


  1. ^ "David McCreery". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland's Most Capped Players". IFA. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ "McCreery set to coach Sabahawks". New Sabah Times. 3 July 2012. Archived from the original on 10 January 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. ^ "McCreery parts company with Sabah". New Straits Times. 21 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  5. ^ Eril, Miguel (19 June 2013). "Illness forces McCreery to quit Sabahawks". Borneo Insider. Archived from the original on 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.

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