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McNamara, Jackie Jnr (1995-2005)
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PersonalFullname: John Robert McNamara
aka: Jackie McNamara
Born: 24 Oct 1973
Signed: 3 Oct 1995
Left: 14 June 2005
International Caps: 33
International Goals: 0
BiogJackie McNamara spent 10 mostly successful years with Celtic after signing from Dunfermline in 1995.
The son of former Celt Jackie Snr, McNamara settled in quickly at Celtic Park and the full-back’s desire to attack rapidly made him a popular figure among the Hoops support.
An excellent crosser of the ball, McNamara’s storming runs down the right flank and his link up play with winger Simon Donnelly became a potent weapon in Celtic’s attack. As the player established himself as one of the most promising full backs in Britain. An intelligent footballer with good vision, pace and stamina, the former Par quickly became a stand-out performer for the Hoops.
After impressing under the management of Tommy Burns McNamara continued to shine under new boss Wim Jansen who moved Jackie into midfield where he was an integral member of the side that in season 1997/98 claimed the League Cup and stopped Rangers making it 10-in-a-row by clinching the Hoops’ first championship in a decade.
There were many Celtic heroes that season but it says everything about McNamara’s contribution to the campaign that he was voted Player’s Player of the Year by his fellow professionals.
Following the departure of Jansen after just one season Celtic toiled under the guidance of Jo Venglos and then John Barnes. But McNamara remained one of the Bhoys better and most consistant performers. The arrival of Martin O’Neill and a new tactical system slowly saw Jackie – now an established Scotland international - become more of a squad player than a first team regular. Jackie had for most of his career been a full back and now found himself in a team that no longer used fullbacks, but when called upon McNamara would always produce steady and effective performances.
Now mostly used form the bench McNamara’s future as a Celt looked in doubt as he was at a stage of his career where a regular starting spot was a must. He however remained at Celtic Park and was an effective squad player for O’Neill. While his performances may have lacked the spark and energy of his early days as a Celt, even as a sub he still had the ability to influence a game.
McNamara’s patience was finally rewarded in season 2003/04 when he re-established himself as a key member of the first team. Injuries to the likes of Johan Mjallby and Joos Valgaeren gave Jackie the opportunity to prove he still had a future in the Hoops.
It was an oppprtunity the player grasped convincingly. McNamara’s intelligent use of the ball and ability to read the game meant he could play in a variety of positions and O’Neill used this to his advantage during the League and Cup Double winning campaign starting McNamara in virtually every defensive and midfield position.
The lung-bursting runs down the flank which were once so prominent were now fewer but McNamara had developed into a mature and assured player, as comfortable in midfield as defence.
After agreeing a one-year extension to his Celtic contract in April an amazing renaissance was crowned in May when he was voted Football Writers Player of the season. Things continued to get better for Jackie as O’Neill then appointed him club captain for the following season – his testimonial year..
But then matters took a turn for the worse. Celtic threw away the league championship on the last day of the season and although McNamara lifted the Scottish Cup the imminent departure of O’Neill meant a rather bleak end to the campaign.
McNamara’s testimonial against the Republic of Ireland was staged the day after the cup final and although the afternoon gave the support the chance to bid farewell to O’Neill they didn’t realise it was going to be Jackie’s farewell also.
The player’s contract was due to expire that summer but after new boss Gordon Strachan expressed his desire to ensure McNamara remained a Celt it seemed only a matter of time before a new deal was agreed. However on June 14th McNamara made a shock switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Celtic had made the player an improved two-year deal but McNamara was angry at the time it took the club to offer him the contract. Having already given his word to Wolves McNamara turned down the offer and headed to the midlands.
It was a disappointingly sour end to a great Celtic career and some Hoops fans were angered at McNamara’s departure so soon after he had banked a huge cheque from his testimonial. There is no doubt that both player and club could have handled matters much better than they did but it would be wrong to let one incident cloud the Celtic career of someone who contributed much to the revival of Celtic.
Injuries meant that McNamara’s Wolves career endured a poor start and it is fair to say in hindsight that McNamara’s departure from Parkhead is a move the player will possibly regret (at least in the manner). That is not a dig at him. We do respect him much for the time at the club, and we very much hope him the best in the rest of his career.
|Club||From||To||Fee||League||Scottish/FA Cup||League cup||Other|
|Falkirk||14/05/2008||Free||29 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||4 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Aberdeen||25/07/2007||14/05/2008||Free||12 (5)||0||3 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||3 (0)||0|
|Wolves||14/06/2005||25/07/2007||Free||28 (1)||0||2 (0)||0||0 (1)||0||2 (0)||0|
|Celtic||03/10/1995||14/06/2005||£600,000||220 (35)||10||25 (5)||3||17 (2)||1||37 (6)||1|
|Dunfermline||17/09/1991||03/10/1995||Signed||59 (0)||3||0 (0)||0||2 (0)||0||3 (0)||1|
|Gairdoch United||01/08/1990||17/09/1991||No appearance data available|
|Totals||£600,000||348 (41)||13||34 (5)||3||25 (3)||1||45 (6)||2|
|goals / game||0.03||0.07||0.03||0.03|
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Ex-Scotland star Jackie McNamara unveils X-rated sitcom.. which could have old team mates hiding behind then sofaThe Daily Record
Nov 11 2011 Exclusive by Jack Mathieson
CELTIC legend Jackie McNamara last night revealed a new talent - as author of an X-rated sitcom.
The Therapy Room, co-written by the former Scotland star, had its first public screening and shocked viewers with raunchy sex scenes and a script peppered with four-letter words.
McNamara, 38, now boss of Partick Thistle, warned invited guests at an Edinburgh cinema some parts of the football-themed show were "close to the bone".
But viewers were still not prepared for some of the scenes, including one in which the main character has sex with a girl he picked up in a bar while his team-mates watch from cupboards.
One viewer said: "I wasn't expecting that. It made Footballers' Wives look like The Magic Roundabout."
Wives look like The " In The Therapy Room, McNamara taps into his years of experience in football club dressing rooms.
The storyline sees an English Premiership club have a "therapy room" installed, in which players can get things off their chests in front of a camera in the style of reality TV shows.
And it is likely that many of McNamara's former team-mates - some of whose exploits are said to feature in the script - will be left wincing.
Last night's 39-minute pilot, which the makers will use to try to attract interest from major broadcasters, also drew howls of laughter with its potshots at man-hungry wannabe WAGs, bolshy sportswriters and inarticulate football coaches.
McNamara said: "I am really happy with it.
"These are guys aged 18 to 35 in a dressing room, and we were trying to make it realistic as far as the banter and the relationships go. I hope it goes down well."
McNamara worked on the script with actor Francis Gilhooley, who plays the club chairman.
The show stars Jackie's younger brother Donny as Peter Tully, a promising player catapulted into the big time, alongside Billy Elliot, Orphans and Gangs Of New York actor Gary Lewis, who plays his manager.
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