Sunday, 24 April 2011
355 Leighton McGivern
Position : Forward
Played : 2004-05
Appearances : 25
Goals : 1
Leighton was a young striker taken on after a trial in pre-season. He was previously with Aberystwyth Town and Vauxhall Motors.
Leighton's time at Dale was almost entirely restricted to second half substitute appearances.You could sort of see why Parkin liked him because he ran around a lot and got into people's faces. The problem was he had no ability whatsoever ; one late goal in the 3-0 victory at Wycombe was the only return from his year with us. I remember his last game for us when he came on at dead-in-the-water Cambridge, broke clear on the left then produced a cross for his fellow strikers that they'd have to have been ten feet tall to have reached.
He went straight back to Vauxhall Motors on being released but in 2006 he got another chance in League football when newly-promoted Accrington Stanley took him on. He scored once in seven games then broke his leg which probably extended his career there. The following season he scored once in twelve mainly substitute appearances then was let go. He dropped down to Waterloo Dock in the Liverpool Combination League but earlier this year returned to Vauxhall Motors for a third spell.