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Stephen David McManus (born 10 September 1982) is a Scottish former professional footballer, who played as a centre back. McManus was club captain of Celtic from 2007 until his move to Middlesbrough in 2010. McManus was a product of Celtic's youth academy and had risen through the ranks to become first team captain ahead of the 2007–08 season. Hall of Famer and former Scotland
Scotland
captain Colin Hendry described him as "the last of an ancient breed",[3] in the sense that his no-nonsense defending style is rare in modern football.

Contents

1 Club career

1.1 Celtic 1.2 Middlesbrough 1.3 Bristol City 1.4 Motherwell

2 International career 3 Career statistics

3.1 Club 3.2 International

3.2.1 International goals

4 Honours 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External links

Club career[edit] Celtic[edit] Born in Lanark, McManus came through the ranks at Celtic and signed a professional contract on the same day as fellow defender John Kennedy.[when?] He made his debut for the first team, under Martin O'Neill, in the 2003/04 season against Hibernian, and finished that season with 5 league appearances as Celtic won the league.[4] He later established himself as first choice central defender at Celtic during Gordon Strachan's managerial reign. Early in McManus' Celtic career to help with pre-match nerves he would scream his high school motto before going on the pitch. This ritual would stick with McManus throughout his career, he can be heard screaming “Spes Unica” before all matches to help him and his teammates get motivated. In the 2005/06 season, McManus scored eight goals (7 of which came in the League). He was made captain for the first league game of the 2006/07 season, in the match against Kilmarnock due to regular club captain Neil Lennon
Neil Lennon
being suspended. Since that game he repeatedly deputised as Celtic captain throughout the 2006/07 season. After Lennon left Celtic to join Nottingham Forest, McManus was announced as Celtic's new captain on 31 July 2007 and signed a four-year contract. He said:

"To be given the captaincy of Celtic is a tremendous honour. It is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career so far. I'm proud to follow in the footsteps of so many great Celtic captains from the past and I hope that I will be able to achieve as much success as they have over the years."[5]

On 3 October 2007, McManus scored to put Celtic a goal up against Milan at Celtic Park
Celtic Park
in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. The match ended 2–1 in Celtic's favour with Kaká
Kaká
equalising for Milan before Scott McDonald
Scott McDonald
scored a late winner for Celtic. McManus lifted his first trophy as Celtic skipper on 22 May 2008, when Celtic won the 2007–08 SPL Championship following a 1–0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice Park
Tannadice Park
on the last day of the season. Before the beginning of the 2008–09 SPL Championship it was announced that McManus would wear the No.4 shirt, previously worn by Adam Virgo, after Virgo left the club in July 2008.[6] McManus fell out of favour under new manager Tony Mowbray, however, making only 14 appearances in the first part of the 2009–10 season.[7] Middlesbrough[edit] McManus was loaned by Celtic to Middlesbrough for the second half of the 2009–10 season.[7] This meant that McManus linked up again with Gordon Strachan, who signed four other Celtic players during the January 2010 transfer window.[7] McManus received the man of the match award in his Middlesbrough debut against Ipswich Town. He scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 win over Plymouth Argyle
Plymouth Argyle
on 5 April 2010.[8] On 13 July 2010, McManus completed a £1.5 million move to the Teesside club signing a 3-year contract.[9][10] McManus scored his second goal for Middlesbrough against Leicester City on 2 April 2011, his goal coming in the 94th minute to level the game at 3–3.[11] At the end of the 2012–13 season, McManus was not offered a new contract and left the club. Bristol City[edit] McManus signed for Bristol City
Bristol City
on loan until the end of the season on 14 February 2012 and made his debut at home in the 2–2 draw against Crystal Palace the same day. He was recalled on 28 March, due to injury worries to Matthew Bates
Matthew Bates
and Seb Hines
Seb Hines
following the match against Bristol City
Bristol City
(McManus did not play against Boro).[12] He then returned to Bristol City
Bristol City
for a second loan spell the following season.[13] His first and only goal for the club came in a 4–2 win over Peterborough United
Peterborough United
on 29 December 2012.[14] Motherwell[edit] On 15 July 2013, McManus signed a one-year deal with Scottish Premiership side Motherwell.[15] He made his competitive debut for Motherwell in a home Europa League
Europa League
match against Russian side Kuban Krasnodar. Motherwell lost the match 2–0. His first goal for the club came in a 1–0 win over Hibernian on 3 November 2013.[16] McManus made 42 appearances for Motherwell during the 2013–14 season, after which he signed a new two-year contract with the club.[17] On 14 August 2017, it was announced that McManus had decided to retire from professional football and take up a coaching role with Motherwell.[18] International career[edit] McManus earned his first cap at international level for Scotland
Scotland
on 11 October 2006, coming on as a substitute in the 2–0 defeat to Ukraine at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. His first start in the dark blue of Scotland
Scotland
was against Georgia in the first match of the Alex McLeish era, which resulted in a 2–1 win for Scotland
Scotland
as Craig Beattie
Craig Beattie
hit a dramatic late winner. McManus scored his first goal for Scotland
Scotland
in a 3–1 win against Lithuania on 8 September 2007, acrobatically turning a Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney
cross into the net to put Scotland
Scotland
2–1 up. He captained Scotland
Scotland
for the first time on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Croatia at Hampden Park
Hampden Park
in absence of regular captain Barry Ferguson
Barry Ferguson
and was the vice-captain of Scotland
Scotland
under George Burley. He said being selected captain of Scotland
Scotland
and Celtic were great honours. The game finished 1–1 with Kenny Miller
Kenny Miller
scoring for Scotland
Scotland
and Niko Kranjčar
Niko Kranjčar
for Croatia. On 10 September 2008, McManus was sent off for a deliberate handball in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Iceland at Laugardalsvöllur
Laugardalsvöllur
in Reykjavík. He used his right hand to tip the crossed ball over the crossbar to stop approaching Icelandic striker Heiðar Helguson
Heiðar Helguson
from scoring a certain goal,[citation needed] with Scotland
Scotland
were leading 2–0. The penalty kick was dispatched to make the score 2–1, which was the final score. On 7 September 2010 McManus scored a dramatic 97th minute winning header for Scotland
Scotland
in their 2–1 victory over Liechtenstein.[19] Career statistics[edit] Club[edit]

As of 25 July 2017

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition

Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total

Division App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals

Celtic 2003–04[20] Scottish Premier League 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

2004–05[21] 2 0 0 0 1 1 1[a] 0 4 1

2005–06[22] 36 7 1 0 4 0 1[a] 1 42 8

2006–07[23] 31 2 4 0 1 0 8[a] 0 44 2

2007–08[24] 37 4 4 0 2 0 10[a] 1 53 5

2008–09[25] 31 4 2 0 2 0 6[a] 0 41 4

2009–10[26] 8 0 0 0 2 0 4[b] 0 14 0

Total 150 17 11 0 12 1 30 2 203 20

Middlesbrough (loan) 2009–10[26] Championship 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 1

Middlesbrough 2010–11[27] Championship 24 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 25 1

2011–12[28] 23 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 26 0

2012–13[29] 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 10 0

Total 70 2 1 0 6 0 0 0 77 2

Bristol City
Bristol City
(loan) 2011–12[28] Championship 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0

Bristol City
Bristol City
(loan) 2012–13[29] Championship 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1

Motherwell 2013–14[30] Scottish Premiership 37 4 1 0 2 0 2[b] 0 42 4

2014–15[31] 36 1 1 0 1 0 4[c] 1 42 2

2015–16[32] 37 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 40 1

2016–17[33] 25 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 31 0

2017–18[34] 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0

Total 135 6 5 0 10 0 6 1 156 7

Career total 372 26 17 0 28 1 36 3 453 30

^ a b c d e Appearances in the Champions League ^ a b Appearances in the Europa League ^ Two appearances in the Europa League, two appearances and a goal in the relegation play-offs

International[edit]

Scotland
Scotland
national team[35]

Year Apps Goals

2006 1 0

2007 10 1

2008 6 0

2009 5 0

2010 4 1

Total 26 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition

1. 8 September 2007 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Lithuania 2–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

2. 7 September 2010 Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland  Liechtenstein 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2012
UEFA Euro 2012
qualifying

Honours[edit]

Celtic

Scottish Premier League
Scottish Premier League
(3): 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08 Scottish Cup
Scottish Cup
(2): 2005, 2007 Scottish League Cup (2): 2006, 2009

Personal life[edit] McManus was born in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. He attended Holy Cross RC Secondary School in Hamilton, the school which international and former club team mate Paul Hartley
Paul Hartley
also attended. McManus and Paul Hartley used to have a competition at training to see who could name the most teachers and the loser picked up all the balls. He is a close personal friend of Clyde player/manager Barry Ferguson and former Middlesbrough team mate Kris Boyd.[citation needed] His nickname is "Mick" because he shares his surname with 1970s professional wrestler Mick McManus.[3] Also known as 'Tam', after the big Scottish comedian of the late 50's. References[edit]

^ "Stephen McManus". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 11 March 2017.  ^ a b c " Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
profile". Official Motherwell FC
Motherwell FC
Site. Retrieved 21 February 2014.  ^ a b TEN THINGS: Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
Middlesbrough FC ^ "Games played by Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 12 January 2014.  ^ McManus named new Celtic captain, BBC
BBC
Sport, 31 July 2007 ^ New squad numbers for title heroes Archived 17 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine., Celtic FC, 8 July 2008 ^ a b c " Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
joins Middlesbrough on loan from Celtic". BBC Sport. 28 January 2010.  ^ "Plymouth 0 – 2 Middlesbrough". BBC. 5 April 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2014.  ^ Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
makes £1.5m switch from Celtic to Boro BBC
BBC
Sport, 13 July 2010 ^ McManus bows out after a decade Celtic FC, 13 July 2010 ^ "Middlesbrough 3 – 3 Leicester". BBC. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2014.  ^ Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
Back From Loan MFC, 28 March 2012 ^ " Bristol City
Bristol City
sign Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
from Middlesbrough on loan". BBC. 17 October 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.  ^ " Bristol City
Bristol City
4 – 2 Peterborough". BBC. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2014.  ^ Defender Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
joins Motherwell BBC
BBC
Sport, 15 July 2013 ^ "Motherwell 1 – 0 Hibernian". BBC
BBC
Sport. BBC. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.  ^ "Motherwell: Defender Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
signs new two-year deal". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.  ^ "McManus retires to take up coaching role". motherwellfc.co.uk. motherwellfc.co.uk. 14 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.  ^ " Scotland
Scotland
2-1 Liechtenstein". BBC
BBC
Sport. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2017.  ^ 2003 at Soccerbase ^ 2004 at Soccerbase ^ 2005 at Soccerbase ^ 2006 at Soccerbase ^ 2007 at Soccerbase ^ 2008 at Soccerbase ^ a b 2009 at Soccerbase ^ 2010 at Soccerbase ^ a b 2011 at Soccerbase ^ a b 2012 at Soccerbase ^ 2013 at Soccerbase ^ 2014 at Soccerbase ^ 2015 at Soccerbase ^ 2016 at Soccerbase ^ 2017 at Soccerbase ^ National Football Teams profile

External links[edit]

Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
profile at Motherwell FC
Motherwell FC
official website Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
at Soccerbase Stephen McManus
Stephen McManus
at the Scottish Football Association

Sporting positions

Preceded by Neil Lennon Celtic captain 2007–2010 Succeeded by Scott Brown

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2006–07 PFA Scotland
Scotland
SPL Team of the Year

GK: Artur Boruc DF: Steven Whittaker DF: Russell Anderson DF: Stephen McManus DF: Lee Naylor MF: Scott Brown MF: Barry Ferguson MF: Shunsuke Nakamura FW: Steven Naismith FW: Kris Boyd FW: Sc

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