James Manson (Australian footballer)

James Manson (born 2 November 1966) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the VFL/AFL for Collingwood and Fitzroy.

James Manson
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-11-02) 2 November 1966 (age 53)
Place of birth Tasmania
Original team(s) North Hobart (TANFL)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1985–1992 Collingwood 120 (106)
1993–1995 Fitzroy 047 0(20)
Total 167 (126)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1995.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

From North Hobart Football Club in Tasmania, Manson provided some great assets to a fighting Collingwood Magpies. Manson stood at 194 cm and was solidly built (108 kg) with a great overhead mark. He however had a very awkward kicking style,[1] with the action very different from most footballers, as he overlooked the ball with a cramped style as he dropped it on the boot. He did however kick over 100 goals with the Magpies. Manson was part of the 1990 premiership side, and had a key role in the finals series. Manson played as a ruckman who moved forward, or the other way around. With young ruckman Damian Monkhorst also at Victoria Park, Manson struggled to maintain his position in the team later in his career as 'Monkey' developed each season. Manson was then traded to Fitzroy where he played for three seasons before retiring.[2]

Manson's father Jim played 210 games for Glenorchy Football Club.[3][4]


  1. ^ Hobbsa, Greg (1991). "Play it again 'Charlie!'". Football Record (Round 15): 21, 31.
  2. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers: every AFL/VFL player since 1897 (4th ed.). Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content. p. 403. ISBN 1-74095-001-1.
  3. ^ Stubbs, Brett (20 May 2010). "'Gentleman' Jim Manson dies". The Mercury. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  4. ^ Stubbs, Brett (22 May 2010). "Family's sad reflection". The Mercury. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 18 October 2013.

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