Alan Mannus

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Alan Mannus
Personal information
Full name Alan Mannus
Date of birth (1982-05-19) 19 May 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Toronto, Canada[1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
St. Johnstone
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2009 Linfield 211 (1)
2000 Larne (loan) 1 (0)
2001 Carrick Rangers (loan) 9 (0)
2009–2011 Shamrock Rovers 69 (0)
2011– St. Johnstone 111 (0)
National team
Northern Ireland U16 3 (0)
2004 Northern Ireland U23 1 (0)
2004– Northern Ireland 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:40, 22 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Alan Mannus (born 19 May 1982) is a Northern Irish professional football goalkeeper currently playing for St. Johnstone. He began his career at Linfield, and during his time there he had spells on loan at Larne and Carrick Rangers. He then signed for Shamrock Rovers and in 2011, moved to St. Johnstone. He has played for Northern Ireland at international level.

Career[edit]

Linfield[edit]

After rising through Linfield's junior ranks, Mannus made his first senior squad appearance in 2002. He established himself as the club's first choice goalkeeper at a young age and made his 250th appearance before his 25th birthday.[2]

Mannus is one of the few goalkeepers to have scored a goal in the run of play. In a match against Omagh Town in 2003, his long goal kick bounced over the head of opposing goalkeeper Gavin Cullen and into the net.[3][4] As a result of scoring his first goal, he was given the Player of the Month award for October 2003.[5] At the end of the 2003–04 season, Mannus signed a two-year contract with the club.[6]

During his career at Linfield, Mannus helped the club win trophies, such as the Irish League/Irish Premier League, Irish League Cup and County Antrim Shield. In April 2008, Mannus was named the 2007–08 Ulster Footballer of the Year.[7][8]

During his time at Linfield, Mannus was mentioned as a transfer target for a number of clubs, being linked to Everton in January 2005,[9] Doncaster Rovers in April 2005[10] and Motherwell in December 2008.[11] In August 2006, Mannus turned professional at the Linfield and signed a three year deal.[12]

In November 2008, Mannus turned down the offer of a new contract by Linfield.[13] and by April 2009, Linfield Manager David Jeffrey said he expected Mannus would leave the club and try to get a move to a club in England or Scotland.[14]

At the end of his contract Mannus was linked with a move to Swansea City,[15] and was reported to be training with Falkirk[16] In July 2009, he was given a trial with English League Two side Bradford City, but after playing three games without conceding a goal, he was released and returned home.[17]

Shamrock Rovers[edit]

In August 2009, Mannus signed for Shamrock Rovers.[18] A week after joining, he made his debut in a 2–2 draw against Dundalk on 22 August 2009.[19]

In his second season at the club, Shamrock Rovers won the 2010 League of Ireland. After winning his first title at the club, Mannus said he had no regrets about the move, even if it harmed his international career.[20]

Mannus was nominated for the PFAI Players' Player of the Year award in 2010, but lost out to Richie Ryan of Sligo Rovers.[21] He was awarded the Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Goalkeeper of the Year Award for 2010.[22]

In his final match for the club, Mannus kept a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw away to Flora Tallin on 19 July 2011, in the Champions League Second qualifying round second leg meaning Shamrock Rovers went through to the next round, winning 1–0 on aggregate.[23]

St. Johnstone[edit]

Mannus signed a one year contract with St. Johnstone on 21 July 2011, after invoking a clause in his Shamrock Rovers contract that allowed him to leave if a British Club made an offer after 20 July 2011.[24] Initially Mannus was a back-up goalkeeper behind Peter Enckelman, but after Enckelman conceded five goals against Dundee United, with two of the goals coming from his mistakes,[25] Mannus was given his chance, making his debut for the club in the Scottish Cup Fifth round replay, as St. Johnstone lost 2–1 against Hearts on 14 February 2012.[26] He then made his league debut for the club in the following game, on 19 February 2012, in a 0–0 draw against Aberdeen.[27] After getting into the team, Mannus said he believed playing first team football would help his international career.[28] At the end of the season he signed a 12 month extension.[29]

In the 2012–13 season, Mannus hepled St. Johnstone to finish in third place in the SPL, ensuring qualification for the Europa League.[30] At the end of the season, he signed another one-year contract with the club.[31]

The 2013–14 season started well for Mannus, keeping a clean sheet as St. Johnstone won 1–0 away to Norwegian side Rosenberg on 18 July 2013, in the Europa League second qualifying round first leg.[32] After drawing 1–1 in the second leg St. Johnstone went through 2–1 on aggregate, afterwards Mannus suggested that Rosenberg had been "arrogant" and had underestimated St. Johnstone.[33] In the next round St. Johnstone won away from home in the first leg again, beating Minsk 1–0, but lost by the same scoreline at home in the second leg and were then defeated on penalties, despite Mannus saving twice during the shoot-out.[34]

On 11 August 2013, Mannus sustained a shoulder injury during a match against Kilmarnock, which ruled him out for six weeks.[35] He came back from his injury earleier than expected,[36] making his return on 14 September 2013, in a 2–1 loss against Hibernian.[37] On 18 January 2014, Mannus was sent-off, along with Ryan Stevenson of Hearts after they were involved in an alteration "following an angry goalmouth melee".[38] He would miss one match after the club decided against appealing the sending off.[39] While serving his suspension, Mannus fractured a bone in his thumb, which was expected to keep him out for six to eight weeks.[40] However he made his return to the side after only two weeks, on 16 February 2014, as St. Johnstone lost 3–0 against Celtic.[41]

On 21 February 2014, Mannus signed a new one-year contract until 31 May 2015.[42] Mannus started in the Scottish Cup final on 17 May 2014, as St. Johnstone won 2–0 against Dundee United to win the first major trophy in their 130-year history.[43]

International career[edit]

Mannus won his first Northern Ireland cap against Trinidad and Tobago in the summer of 2004.[44] He has also made appearances in friendlies against Bulgaria, Georgia and World Champions Italy.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Linfield

Shamrock Rovers

  • SWAI Goalkeeper of the Year: 2010

St Johnstone

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Keeper Mannus lifts award". BBC Sport. 9 November 2003. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Mannus Worthy of Ulster award". Belfast Telegraph. 25 April 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Mannus is possible Everton target". BBC Sport. 30 January 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rovers on a Mannus watching brief". BBC Sport. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Motherwell keen on Northern Ireland keeper". Daily Record. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  13. ^ McKinley, Stuart (7 November 2008). "Mannus and Gault reject new Linfield deals". Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Mannus likely to leave Linfield". BBC Sport. 27 April 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  19. ^ "Report – Rovers 2 Dundalk 2". Shamrock Rovers. 22 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "No regrets for Mannus over putting Hoops first". Irish Independent. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Ryan scoops PFAI award". Irish Independent. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sligo boss Cook lands top award". Irish Independent. 29 November 2012. 
  23. ^ "Flora Tallinn 0 – 0 Shamrock Rovers". Shamrock Rovers. 19 July 2011. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  24. ^ "St Johnstone sign keeper Mannus from Shamrock Rovers". BBC Sport. 21 July 2011. 
  25. ^ Haggerty, Anthony (12 February 2012). "St Johnstone boss Steve Lomas admits he may change goalkeeper after Peter Enckelman shocker". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  27. ^ "Aberdeen 0 – 0 St Johnstone". BBC Sport. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  29. ^ Marshall, Alan (21 April 2012). "St Johnstone No.1 Alan Mannus keen to extend his stay at Perth club". Daily Record. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  30. ^ "St Johnstone 2–0 Motherwell". BBC Sport. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  31. ^ "St Johnstone: Goalkeeper Alan Mannus signs new one-year deal". BBC Sport. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  32. ^ "Rosenborg 0 St Johnstone 1: Frazer Wright keeps Saints' Europa League hopes alive with crucial away goal". Daily Record. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  33. ^ "St Johnstone keeper Alan Mannus: Cocky Rosenborg paid the price for underestimating us". Daily Record. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  34. ^ "St. Johnstone 0 – 1 Minsk". UEFA. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
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  37. ^ "St Johnstone 1–2 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  38. ^ Lindasy, Clive (18 January 2014). "St Johnstone 3–3 Heart of Midlothian". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  39. ^ "St Johnstone win Steven Anderson red card appeal". BBC Sport. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  40. ^ "St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus sidelined with fractured thumb". Sky Sports. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  41. ^ "Celtic 3 St Johnstone 0: Anthony Stokes hits a hat trick as Celtic romp home against sorry Saints". Daily Record. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  42. ^ "BOOST FOR SAINTS AS ALAN MANNUS EXTENDS HIS CONTRACT". St. Johnstone FC. 21 February 2014. 
  43. ^ Wilson, Richard (17 May 2014). "Scottish Cup Final: St Johnstone 2 – 0 Dundee United". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  44. ^ "Character of class act Mannus has the final say". Steven Beacom / belfasttelegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 

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