McPhee was a pacy striker who looked a genuine threat, but suffered severe injuries during his time with City that ultimately led to the foreshortening of his professional career. He suffered a knee injury in his fourth appearance for the Tigers, which kept him out of the side for nearly 18 months. A further injury kept him sidelined for a further six months, and when he returned to fitness in his third season he offered a goalscoring threat as an impact substitute.
Hailing from Glasgow, McPhee began his career in unconventional fashion at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, before switching to Coventry as a 17 year old. In July 2001 he switched to Port Vale where he enjoyed his best years, scoring a goal every 3 games across three seasons. He was a valuable asset for the Valiants but left on a free transfer in 2004 and headed to Portugal side Beira-Mar, managed improbably by 1990s long ball merchant Mick Wadsworth. After a single season at Aveiro on the Atlantic Coast, McPhee returned to england and signed for Hull City for a £200,000 fee..
City were able to recoup most of the transfer fee paid for McPhee when he switched to Blackpool in January 2008. He spent a further two and a half years at Bloomfield Road but was sidelined by further series injuries that led to his premature retirement in 2010. He coached at Blackpool and Port Vale between 2010 and 2012 before leaving the game. McPhee later revealed that during the later injury-studded years of his football career, he suffered from depression and on one occasion considered taking his own life. He now owns a printing business in the Greater Manchester area.
McPhee won a single Scotland under-21 cap in October 2001.
Date/Place of Birth: 5 June 1981, Glasgow
Hull City First Game: 6 August 2005, Queens Park Rangers H (Championship), 24 years, 62 days old
Hull City Final Game: 22 December 2007, Charlton Athletic A (Championship), 26 years, 200 days old
Coventry City (1998-2001), St Mirren (2001, loan), Port Vale (2001-2004), Beira-Mar (2004-2005), Hull City (2005-2008), Blackpool (2008-2010)
Hull City Record
Career: 40 apps, 3 goalsSteven McPhee
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