Robert (Bobby) Alexander Mann (born 11 January 1974 in Dundee) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for Peterhead.
Mann, a defender, started his career with St Johnstone in 1991 before joining Forfar Athletic a year later. He remained with Forfar for 7 years before moving to Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 1999. He was part of the Inverness team who famously defeated Celtic in the Scottish Cup in February 2000 and he helped them reach the Scottish Premier League for the first time in season 2003–04.
Despite having reached the Premier League with Inverness, he joined fellow Premier League club Dundee. In his first season at Dens Park, Dundee were relegated to the First Division. Although he was appointed club captain, Mann became an increasingly peripheral figure for the Dark Blues during the 2006–07 season. He reached an agreement to leave Dens Park and was re-united with former boss Steve Paterson on January 31 2007, after signing with Scottish 2nd Division side Peterhead.
Now he answers five questions on his youth career for YFS...
1. Which clubs did you play for in your youth career?
St Columba u9s, West Park u10s, Fairmuir u11s to u15s and Dundee United Social Club u16s.
2. Who were the best players you played with during your youth career?
Barry Gray and Davie Fisher were excellent young skillfull footballers.
3. Who were your role models as a young player?
Always liked defenders - Tony Adams, Willie Miller and Richard Gough.
4. Who was your favourite coach at youth level?
All of my youth coaches were good and always very encouraging.
5. If you had one piece of advice to today’s generation of youth football players, what would it be?
Always enjoy and look forward to training.