Midfielder Steven Boyack joined Hull City on loan from Glasgow Rangers in late Febraury 1998, City manager Mark Hateley calling in a favour from his former club to bolster his Tigers side that was drifting in the lower half of the League Division 3 table. Boyack was immediately drafted into the first team and scored on his debut, a 1-2 defeat at Scarborough. He remained in the first team for the rest of the season and scored twice more in mid-April in consecutive matches against Colchester United (a 3-4 defeat) and Leyton Orient (a 3-2 victory). Talk of a permanent switch to Hateley’s side soon dissipated when ‘Gers manager Walter Smith moved on in the summer of 1998 and Boyack returned to his parent club.
Steven Robert Boyack was born in Edinburgh but attended Stirling High School prior to joining Glasgow Rangers in 1993. He came through the ranks at Ibrox and made his first team debut five weeks after his 20th birthday in October 1996 when he came on as substitute against Hibernian, stepping into a superstar team that contained Paul Gascoigne, Brian Laudrup, Andy Goram and Richard Gough. Alas that proved to be his only first team appearance for Rangers and another eighteen months elapsed before his loan spell at Hull City. When new manager Dick Advocaat took on the managerial reins in the summer of 1998 Boyack tried to stake a claim in the first team, but he was not selected and in February 1999 a £125,000 deal was struck for Boyack’s transfer to Dundee.
Steven found his first team feet at Dens Park and by the end of the 1999/00 season he had scored 5 goals in 49 senior appearances including a brace in an August 1999 League Cup tie against Dumbarton. At the start of the 2000/01 season new Dundee manager Ivano Bonetti sidelined Boyack and in October 2000 he joined Ayr United on loan. He scored three goals in ten games for The Honest Men and in January 2001 Heart of Midlothian paid £50,000 for his services. Over the next three and a half seasons Boyack struggled with injuries and form, but Hearts manager Craig Levein stuck by him and Steven made a total of 72 senior appearances. He scored just once for the Tynecastle side during 2002/03 season, his most consistent for the Jam Tarts, in a September 2002 4-2 drubbing of Motherwell.
Boyack was released by Hearts in the summer of 2004 and during the 2004/05 he had short and unsuccessful spells with Livingston (seven appearances), English League 2 side Boston United (four appearances and one February 2005 goal against Bristol Rovers) and English League 1 side Blackpool (one substitute appearance in April 2005 against Torquay United). He spent the 2005/06 season at Stirling Albion, scoring two goals in 19 appearances and started the 2006/07 season with The Binos before dropping into the Scottish non-league scene in October 2006. At that time Boyack also commenced a second career in the temporary recruitment industry, by 2017 he was a Director for two recruitment companies based in Stirling and Edinburgh.
Boyack was awarded one Scotland under-21 cap in November 1996, a 1-4 defeat to Sweden.
Date/Place of Birth: 4 September 1976, Edinburgh
Hull City First Game: 28 February 1998, Scarborough A (League Division 3), 21 years, 177 days old
Hull City Final Game: 2 May 1998, Cambridge United H (League Division 3), 21 years, 240 days old
Glasgow Rangers (1993-1999), Hull City (1998, loan), Dundee (1999-2001), Ayr United (2000, loan), Heart of Midlothian (2001-2004), Livingston (2004-2005), Boston United (2005), Blackpool (2005), Stirling Albion (2005-2006), Bathgate Thistle (2006-2009), Milton (2009-2011), Bannockburn Amateur (2011-2012)
Hull City Record
Career: 12 apps, 3 goalsSteven Boyack