Terry Pathmanathan

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Terry Pathmanathan
Personal information
Full name Thambiah Pathmanathan
Date of birth (1956-02-09) 9 February 1956 (age 61)
Place of birth Singapore
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1981 Singapore FA
1982–1987 Pahang FA
1988–1992 Singapore FA
1996 Tampines Rovers
National team
1979–1992 Singapore 77[1]
Teams managed
2009–2010 Young Lions
2011–2012 Tanjong Pagar United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thambiah "Terry" Pathmanathan (born 9 February 1956) is a former Singapore international footballer who played as a defender.[2] He played for Singapore and Pahang in the Malaysia Cup. Towards the end of his career, he played for Tampines Rovers in the inaugural S.League season in 1996, retiring from playing professionally in the same year.[3]

He played generally in the role of sweeper, as the last man in defence. He was renowned for his poise on the ball and impeccable reading of the game. He was nicknamed "Captain Marvel", for his leadership qualities, and one of his trademark moves was the long throw-in. He was the head coach for Young Lions from 2009 to 2010, and Tanjong Pagar United from 2011 to 2012.

He is currently a senior manager with the Singapore Sports Council.

Profile and Achievements

1.1978, Called into national team

2.1980, Won Malaysia Cup

3.1981, Finals of Malaysia cup lost to Selangor

4.Late 1981 appointed captain of national team until 1992

5.1985, 1989, Silver medalist at Sea games Thailand and Malaysia

6.1985, Merlion Cup Singapore, Joint Champions with Yugoslavia

7.1982, To 87 Part of Pahang Squad.

8.1983, Won with Pahang 1st Malaysia Cup

9.1983, Voted most exciting player in malaysia, equivalent to footballer of the year

10.1985, awarded Pahang, Pinak Jasabakti Kerja, for his contribution to the Pahang state

11.1991, Sea games Philippines, Bronze medalist

12.1992,Voted Singapore footballer of the year

13.1990, Finals of Malaysia cup with Singapore squad

14.1992, In the Tiong Bahru squad in the Singapore primer league

15.1996, In the Tampines rovers squad and start of Sleague

16.1997 to 2004, Player coach for Khalsa and Singapore Recreation club in Singapore Div 1

17. 2005, National UNDER 21 Head coach and also assistant coach to young lions

18. 2009, National UNDER 23 Head coach and led the team to Laos Sea games. Won the bronze medal with youngest team ever of average age 19yrs.

19. 2011 to 2012, Head coach of Tanjong Pagar United football club

20. 2015, joined Sport Singapore


  1. ^ "FAS launches FAS Captains' Advisory Panel". FAS. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Abishegam, Joanna (1992-06-21). "Terry Pathmanathan". New Sunday Times. 
  3. ^ tabla! (December 4, 2009). "Hands on with football". AsiaOne. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Razali Saad
Singapore national team captain
Succeeded by
Fandi Ahmad