5. STEPHEN McMANUS on Davide Somma, 2010
Begbie in Trainspotting, Russ Abbott’s C. U. Jimmy and Stephen McManus of Middlesbrough – all Scottish lads not afraid to make a bold statement with their heads.
Brought to Teeside by his former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan, McManus seemed keen to put himself in harm’s way, however literally, on behalf of his under-pressure manager during a crunch match at home to Leeds.
As striker Davide Somma threatened to break through Boro’s defence, a stumbling McManus did what any honest Scot would do – he headed the ball off Somma’s foot. Just a shame, then, that Leeds won and Strachan quit two days later.
Another show of commitment (see No.6) or another comedy tackle (see No.8)? Either way, it's superb.