Scott Hiley

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Scott Hiley will forever be engraved in Exeter City’s history. Be it winning the club’s only league title, coming back to help in City’s darkest hour or nutmegging Cristiano Ronaldo (yes, the Cristiano Ronaldo), Scott’s done it all while bleeding red and white. Despite signing as a professional in 1986, it took until the arrival of Terry Cooper as manager in 1988 for Scott to have a regular starting spot, being City’s first choice right-back. After coming on as a sub in the first game of 1989/90, Scott was an ever-present for the rest of the season as City stormed the league title, combining brilliantly with Brian McDermott on the right to terrorise Fourth Division defences. Scott left City for the first time in 1993 and began an ascent up the leagues, firstly with Birmingham and then in the Premier League with Manchester City and Southampton. The defender returned to the club in 2002, hoping to help the Grecians fight to stay in the Football League. Unfortunately, it was too late for that battle to be won but Scott stayed with the club as City entered non-league for the first ever time. In a squad full of unproven young talents, Scott was the reliable head, guiding City through the conference. Upon leaving the club in August 2006, Scott was safe in the knowledge that his beloved Grecians were now safe from financial oblivion thanks, in part, to those legendary games against United.