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Tam McManus
Personal information
Full name Thomas Kelly McManus
Date of birth 28 February 1981 (1981-02-28) (age 29)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Ayr United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2005 Hibernian 110 (24)
2000 East Fife (loan) 11 (3)
2000–2001 Airdrieonians (loan) 1 (0)
2004 Boston United (loan) 8 (2)
2005–2006 Dundee 32 (11)
2006–2007 Falkirk 5 (0)
2007–2008 Dunfermline Athletic 24 (3)
2008–2009 Colorado Rapids 21 (5)
2009 Derry City 22 (3)
2010– Ayr United 5 (3)
National team
Scotland U21
Scotland Future
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:14, 12 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:28, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Thomas Kelly "Tam" McManus (born 28 February 1981 in Glasgow) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a striker. He currently plays for Ayr United.





McManus started his career with Hibernian, making his debut against Stranraer in 1999, while he enjoyed his first start in an Edinburgh derby against Heart of Midlothian a year later. He had earlier gained first-team experience with 3-month loan spells at East Fife and then Airdrieonians. McManus went on to become a first-team regular for Hibs, enjoying his best season in 2002-03, when he scored 11 goals finishing top goalscorer at the club.


In August 2004, new manager Tony Mowbray decided McManus would not feature in Hibs first team plans due to his high appearance fee and he was loaned to Boston United. McManus failed to settle in Lincolnshire, and returned north to sign for Dundee in January 2005. The Dark Blues were struggling in the league, and despite Calum McDonald's goal in a relegation-decider against Livingston, Dundee were demoted to the Scottish First Division. After the game McManus was photographed lying on the pitch in floods of tears. Financial difficulties at Dundee, resultant from relegation and an earlier spell in administration required them to remove the highest-earners from their wage bill and along with Lee Wilkie, McManus negotiated a release settlement in mid-2006.

Falkirk and Dunfermline

He signed for Falkirk in August,[1] however, after playing a largely peripheral role in the first half of the 2006-07 season, he was released by the Bairns.[2] Four weeks later, McManus signed a short term contract with Dunfermline for the remainder of the current season.[3] He instantly became a huge hit with the Dunfermline fans, scoring two goals in six games. In June, he signed a new two-year deal at East End Park despite interest from at least three other SPL clubs.[4] He appeared as a substitute in the UEFA Cup against BK Häcken of Sweden on 30 August 2007 and scored the winning goal on 6 October 2007 against Queen of the South.


In March 2008, McManus was approached by MLS side Colorado Rapids and offered a trial while the club were playing a number of friendlies in England. McManus played 45 minutes against Ipswich Town[5] in a pre-season game for the American side and was widely expected to sign for the side.[6][7] After over a week of extensive medicals, McManus eventually signed for the MLS outfit on 28 March 2008.[8]

McManus made his Colorado Rapids debut on 12 April 2008, coming on as a half-time substitute in the game against New England Revolution. He scored his first Rapids goal in a 2-1 loss to Chicago Fire on 26 April 2008. McManus won the Week 9 Sierra Mist Goal of the Week honour for his 40 yard strike against Chivas USA on 24 May 2008.[9] He was released by the club after refusing to accept a cut in wages.

Derry City

McManus signed for League of Ireland club Derry City on 26 March 2009.[10] McManus was signed for a second time by Stephen Kenny, who was previously his manager at Dunfermline Athletic. McManus scored his first competitive goal for Derry City on 16 July 2009, in their Europa League Second Qualifying Round first leg match away to Latvian side Skonto FC in a 1-1 draw. He left Derry City and returned to Scotland as a free agent due to an illegal contract scandal whereby Derry City were found to be paying salaries more than the 65% of turnover stipulated by the League rules.

Ayr United

McManus trained with Ayr United during December 2009.[11] He then went on trial with Grimsby Town for a week, but left after the trial period ended to go back to Scotland.[12] McManus subsequently signed for Ayr United on a deal that ties him to the club until the end of the 2009–10 season.[13] McManus scored on his debut in a 2-1 defeat against Dundee in the 5th round of the Scottish Cup.

See also


  1. ^ "McManus wins contract with Bairns". BBC Sport website. 8 September 2006. 
  2. ^ "McManus allowed to leave Falkirk". BBC Sport website. 31 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "Dunfermline sign striker McManus". BBC Sport. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "McManus agrees new deal at Pars". BBC Sport. 18 June 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Rapids Record 3-2 Victory over Ipswich in England". Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "Jim McIntyre on Friday". 8 March.,,10288~1259886,00.html. Retrieved 2008. 
  7. ^ "Three more signings as McIntyre builds his side". The Courier. 8 March. Retrieved 2008. 
  8. ^ "McManus makes a rapid Pars exit". 28 March. Retrieved 2008. 
  9. ^ "McManus Wins MLS Goal of the Week Honors". Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Ayr United release Bryan Prunty". Ayrshire Post. 15 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Town Hoping To Tie Up Duo". Grimsby Town F.C.. 25 January 2010.,,10417~1944330,00.html. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  13. ^ McConnell, Stewart (4 February 2010). "TAM's THE MAN FOR AYR". Ayr Advertiser. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 

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