Stylish midfielder Brian McGinty joined Mark Hateley’s Tigers at the end of November 1997, the manager using his football connections to attract the former Rangers man. McGinty made a slow start at City, picking up an jnjury after only three starts, but after returning to the first team in early January 1998 he missed only two games for the rest of the season and scored goals in a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe and a 3-4 defeat at Colchester. Brian started the 1998/99 season at the heart of City’s midfield and contributed more goals, but City soon languished at the foot of the table and Hateley was sacked in mid November. His mentor was gone but McGinty was retained by new manager Warren Joyce and Brian scored a brace in a January 1999 4-0 win over Hartlepool. With City climbing from the foot of the table, McGinty lost his place in February and was not retained in the 1999 close season.
Brian McGinty was born in East Kilbride and joined Glasgow Rangers as an apprentice, turning professional in 1994 and making his first team debut in a January 1995 1-1 draw against Partick Thistle. By November 1997 he had made four senior appearances for Rangers but had languished in the reserves since the summer.
McGinty signed a short term deal at Scarborough in August 1999 but by October he had moved north and signed for Airdrieonians. In early 2000 he joined Northern Irish side Portadown but his season neded prematurely in April 2000 when he broke his leg. His return in the 2000/01 season began at Dumbarton but he soon moved to junior side Cumnock amid suggestions that he was struggling with his alcohol intake. It was therefore a triumph when he made a sufficient recovery to return to senior football in November 2001, signing for St Mirren. He became a first team regular at Love Street for four seasons and remained with the club until April 2007. He then played for another eight years in the Ayrshire and Lanarkshire junior football scene.
McGinty was appointed manager of Bellshill Athletic in January 2015 and led the club to promotion that May before resigning. After nearly a year out of the game McGinty returned to manage West of Scotland Football side Rossvale in March 2016, a post he held for 18 months. In October 2017 he was appointed manager at West of Scotland League rivals Irvine Meadow, a post he held for just short of two and a half years and won promotion to the Premier Division in 2019. McGinty resigned from his post in January 2020.
Date/Place of Birth: 10 December 1976, East Kilbride
Hull City First Game: 29 November 1997, Doncaster Rovers H (League Division 3), 20 years, 354 days old
Hull City Final Game: 10 April 1999, Exeter City H (League Division 3), 22 years, 121 days old
Glasgow Rangers (1994-1997), Hull City (1997-1999), Scarborough (1999), Airdrieonians (1999), Portadown (2000), Dumbarton (2000), Cumnock (2000-2001), St Mirren (2001-2007), Dundee (2006, loan), Irvine Meadow (2007-2011), Pollok (2011-2014), Bellshill Athletic (2014-2015)
Hull City Record
Career: 64 apps, 8 goalsBrian McGinty
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