With his cheeky grin and his marvellous right foot, Bobby Mann is one of the lower leagues’ most iconic players. The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee centre-back joins Craig G Telfer on the Pelé Podcast to look back on the ups and downs of his 19 years in the senior game.
Mann begins by remembering how he started out with Forfar Athletic in his teens, spending seven years with the Loons as they yo-yoed between the Second and Third Division. He then talks about his move to full-time football with Steve Paterson’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle – Mann recalls, in forensic detail, his part in the famous SUPER CALEY GO BALLISTIC CELTIC ARE ATROCIOUS game and analyses how his side won the First Division in 2003-04. He looks back on his team-mates and Paterson’s tactics (and even reveals how to hit the perfect free-kick).
Mann goes on to discuss his move to Dundee and his happy (yet disappointing) two-and-a-half years at Dens Park, working with a various cast of characters including Jim Duffy, Alan Kernaghan and Alex Rae. He finishes by reflecting on the final seasons of his career with Peterhead.
This podcast will be of particular interest to Inverness Caledonian Thistle supporters. Mann was part of one of the club’s best-ever teams, and he still talks very fondly about his hugely successful spell in the Highlands.