Eric McManus

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Eric McManus
Personal information
Full name Eric McManus[1]
Date of birth (1950-11-14) 14 November 1950 (age 66)[1]
Place of birth Limavady, Northern Ireland[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Coleraine
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1972 Coventry City 6 (0)
1972–1979 Notts County 229 (0)
1979–1982 Stoke City 4 (0)
1979–1980 Lincoln City (loan) 21 (0)
1982–1986 Bradford City 113 (0)
1985 Middlesbrough (loan) 2 (0)
1986 Peterborough United (loan) 18 (0)
1986–1987 Tranmere Rovers 3 (0)
Boston United
Total 396 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Eric McManus (born 14 November 1950) is a retired Northern Irish footballer who played for Coleraine, Coventry City, Notts County, Stoke City, Lincoln City, Bradford City, Middlesbrough, Peterborough United, Tranmere Rovers and Boston United.[1]

Career[edit]

McManus was born in Limavady and played for Coleraine before joining English club Coventry City in 1969. He failed to break into the first team at Highfield Road making just seven appearances in three seasons. He joined Notts County in the summer of 1972 and played in four matches in 1972–73 as the Magpies finished in 2nd place earning promotion to the Second Division.[1] He became the regular number one at Meadow Lane making 265 appearances before joining Stoke City in the summer of 1979.[1] At the Victoria Ground McManus was second choice behind Peter Fox and so spent the 1979–80 out on loan at Lincoln City and didn't play at all in 1980–81.[1] In 1981–82 McManus played in four matches when Fox was unavailable.[1]

He joined Bradford City in August 1982 where he made 139 appearances in three seasons at Valley Parade. Whilst at Bradford, he won the Third Division title in 1984–85. On the last day of that successful season his day was to turn into a nightmare when 56 spectators were killed in a horrendous stand fire while playing Lincoln City. Out favour in 1985–86, McManus spent time out on loan at Middlesbrough (making two appearances) and Peterborough United (making 18 appearances) before leaving permanently to join Tranmere Rovers.[1] He was second choice to Billy O'Rourke in 1986–87 making five appearances and later went on to play for non-league Boston United. He was head of youth scouting at Walsall, until he left on 31 October 2008.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Coventry City 1969–70 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
1970–71 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0
1971–72 First Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 0
Notts County 1972–73 Third Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1973–74 Second Division 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 34 0
1974–75 Second Division 25 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
1975–76 Second Division 40 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 46 0
1976–77 Second Division 42 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 49 0
1977–78 Second Division 42 0 3 0 2 0 8 0 55 0
1978–79 Second Division 42 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 50 0
Total 229 0 9 0 13 0 14 0 265 0
Stoke City 1979–80 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980–81 First Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1981–82 First Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Lincoln City (loan) 1979–80 Fourth Division 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Total 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 0
Bradford City 1982–83 Third Division 27 0 4 0 6 0 3 0 40 0
1983–84 Third Division 46 0 2 0 2 0 2 0 52 0
1984–85 Third Division 40 0 3 0 4 0 0 0 47 0
1985–86 Second Division 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 113 0 9 0 12 0 5 0 139 0
Middlesbrough (loan) 1985–86 Second Division 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Peterborough United (loan) 1985–86 Fourth Division 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
Tranmere Rovers 1986–87 Fourth Division 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
Career Total 396 0 18 0 27 0 20 0 461 0
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Anglo-Scottish Cup, Football League Group Cup, Football League Trophy Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Honours[edit]

Notts County
Bradford City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ Greg Struthers (1 May 2005). "Caught in Time: Bradford City win the Third Division, 1985". London: The Times. Retrieved 9 April 2008. 

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