|Full name||Stephen McManus|
|Date of birth||10 September 1982|
|Place of birth||Lanark, Scotland|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Playing position||Centre Back|
|2010||→ Middlesbrough (loan)||16||(1)|
|2012||→ Bristol City (loan)||6||(0)|
|2012–2013||→ Bristol City (loan)||11||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 December 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 captain Colin Hendry described him as "the last of an ancient breed", in the sense that his no-nonsense defending style is rare in modern football.
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 and he later established himself as first choice central defender at Celtic during Gordon Strachan's managerial reign.
Early in Stephen's 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 Stephen 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 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."
On 3 October 2007, McManus scored to put Celtic a goal up against Milan at Celtic Park in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. The match ended 2–1 in Celtic's favour with Kaká equalising for Milan before 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 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.
McManus was loaned by Celtic to Middlesbrough for the second half of the 2009–10 season. This meant that McManus linked up again with Gordon Strachan, who signed four other Celtic players during the January 2010 transfer window. McManus received the man of the match award in his Middlesbrough debut against Ipswich Town.
On 13 July 2010 McManus completed a £1.5 million move to the Teesside club signing a 3-year contract. McManus scored his first goal for Middlesbrough against Leicester City on 2 April 2011, his goal coming in the 94th minute to level the game at 3–3. At the end of the 2012-13 season, McManus was not offered a new contract and left the club.
McManus signed for 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 and Seb Hines following the match against Bristol City (McManus did not play against Boro).
On 15 July 2013 McManus signed a one year deal with SPL side Motherwell. McManus made has competitive debut for Motherwell in a home Europa League match against Russian side Kuban Krasnodar. Motherwell lost the match 0-2.
McManus earned his first cap at international level for 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 was against Georgia in the first match of the Alex McLeish era, which resulted in a 2–1 win for Scotland as Craig Beattie hit a dramatic late winner. McManus scored his first goal for Scotland in a 3–1 win against Lithuania on 8 September 2007, acrobatically turning a Shaun Maloney cross into the net to put Scotland 2–1 up.
He captained Scotland for the first time on 26 March 2008 in a friendly match against Croatia at Hampden Park in absence of regular captain Barry Ferguson and was the vice-captain of Scotland under George Burley. He said being selected captain of Scotland and Celtic were great honours. The game finished 1–1 with Kenny Miller scoring for Scotland and 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 in Reykjavík. He used his right hand to tip the crossed ball over the crossbar to stop approaching Icelandic striker Heiðar Helguson from scoring a certain goal, with 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 in their 2–1 victory over Liechtenstein.
- Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
|1.||8 September 2007||Glasgow, Scotland||Lithuania||2–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|2.||7 September 2010||Glasgow, Scotland||Liechtenstein||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
- As of 6 December 2013
|Bristol City (loan)||2011–12||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0|
|Bristol City (loan)||2012–13||11||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||1|
- Scottish Premier League (3): 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08
- Scottish Cup (2): 2005, 2007
- Scottish League Cup (2): 2006, 2009
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 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.
Also known as 'Tam', after the big Scottish comedian of the late 50's.
- TEN THINGS: Stephen McManus Middlesbrough FC
- McManus named new Celtic captain, BBC Sport, 31 July 2007
- New squad numbers for title heroes, Celtic FC, 8 July 2008
- "Stephen McManus joins Middlesbrough on loan from Celtic". BBC Sport. 28 January 2010.
- Stephen McManus makes £1.5m switch from Celtic to Boro BBC Sport, 13 July 2010
- McManus bows out after a decade Celtic FC, 13 July 2010
- Stephen McManus Back From Loan MFC, 28 March 2012
- Defender Stephen McManus joins Motherwell BBC Sport, 15 July 2013
- Stephen McManus career stats at Soccerbase
- Stephen McManus profile at Motherwell FC official website
- Stephen McManus career stats at Soccerbase
- Stephen McManus at scottishfa.co.uk