With early experience in Scottish football, Emmanuel (Manny) Panther joined Exeter City from York City. After an often-eventful spell at St James’ Park, Manny played for several clubs including Morecambe (on loan from City) and Aldershot.
Glasgow-born, and son of a Nigerian boxer, Manny started his career at St. Johnstone where his progress was interrupted by career-threatening knee injury. He then moved to Partick Thistle and, after a loan spell at Brechin City, signed for York City in August 2005. In three Conference seasons at Bootham Crescent Manny played 125 league games and had a period captaining the club. Released at the end of 2007-08, Manny was promptly given an opportunity in the Football League with newly-promoted Exeter City.
Manny made his Grecians debut as a 75th minute substitute against Shrewsbury Town on 16 August 2008. After two subsequent first-team appearances he was loaned to Rushden & Diamonds where he was sent off twice in a three-match stay. Back in the Exeter first-team in mid-November, Manny made a further twenty league appearances during 2008/09 as City won promotion to League One.
Handing in a transfer request at the start of 2009-10, Manny joined League Two Morecambe on a season-long loan for whom he made nineteen appearances. Returning to Exeter he was given a free transfer and signed for Aldershot Town in July 2010. After around two seasons with Aldershot - including a loan at Grimsby which ended in a sending-off - Manny briefly appeared for Kidderminster Harriers before retiring to concentrate on his various business interests which have ranged from healthy food through to marketing and taxation services.
League 22; Cups 1 (23)