Panther, Manny

Birth Date

11th May 1984

Birthplace

Glasgow

Occupation

Midfielder

Biographical Text

With early experience in Scottish football, Emmanuel 'Manny' Panther joined Exeter City from York City in 2008. 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. 

Appearances

Exeter City

League 22; Cups 1 (23)

Goals

League 2

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