Where are they now? Scott Hiley #bcfc   Leave a comment

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Ever wondered what happened to Scott Hiley? Just in case you did….


Scott Hiley signed for Birmingham City from Exeter City in 1993, following his manager Terry Cooper up the M5 to St Andrews.

Hiley had come through the youth system with the Grecians, and came to Blues having made over 200 league appearances in seven seasons.

He stayed at Blues for three seasons but injury restricted him to only forty-nine league appearances without scoring.

However, his luck changed and in February 1996 he went on loan to Manchester City who were in the Premier League, one division above Blues. He made six appearances in a month at Maine Road before he was signed permanently by the Citizens for £200,000.

However, in the two and a bit seasons that followed Scott made only three further league appearances for Manchester City as they slid down the divisions.

After a brief loan spell at Southampton, the right-back signed for the Saints – who had employed his former manager Cooper as a scout – and he spent 18 months at the Dell, playing thirty-one times before moving to arch-rivals Portsmouth.

Hiley was a popular player at Fratton, captaining the side and was named player of the season for the 00/01 season. However, the arrival of Harry Redknapp at Fratton spelt the end for Hiley’s Pompey career and after a loan spell he rejoined his first club, Exeter City.

He couldn’t help prevent Exeter from falling out the football league in 2003; however he stayed on, taking a coaching role whilst still playing in the first team. Hiley entered the realm of cult hero when Exeter City played Manchester United in the FA Cup 3rd round in January 2005 after nutmegging Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2-0 replay defeat at St James Park. By this time he was assistant manager, but in the summer of 2006 his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

After impressing on trial, Hiley signed for Crawley Town. The then-conference side were hit by financial troubles and were an hour away from going under but they managed to save themselves and despite being deducted 10 points avoided relegation from the conference, with Hiley playing in every league game.

After spells with Tiverton Town and Cullompton Rangers Hiley retired from the game and now runs a B&B just outside of Exeter with his wife, Tina. He still goes to Exeter games and regularly turns out for their legends side in charity games. #bcfc bcfcfan.co.uk

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Posted November 6, 2012 by Birmingham City Fans Forum in Birmingham City News

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