|Date Of Birth:||25-June-'84|
|Place Of Birth:||Doncaster|
WHERE ARE THEY NOW? –Darren Mansaram
First Published in Dundalk Match Magazine 2014
By Niall Newberry,
2009 Apps (Sub) goals: 25(9)5
A forward, Darren Mansaram has played in the LOI for both Sligo Rovers and Dundalk in a career which has seen the 6ft 1 front-man represent 15 different clubs across England and Ireland.
Mansaram came through the youth system at Grimsby Town and made his debut in 2002 at the age of just 18, scoring his first senior goal later that season against Preston North End. However, while valued at one million pounds by manager Paul Groves, he couldn’t prevent the club being relegated from Division One in 2003 and the following campaign saw the Mariners suffered a second successive relegation.
He was briefly loaned out to Halifax Town at the beginning of the 2004/05 season and enjoyed a good spell with the Conference Premier side but was recalled by Grimsby only to be used sparingly before permanently moving to Halifax in January 2005.
In total, he made 79 appearances (41 as a sub) with Grimsby but scored only seven goals. He spent the rest of that campaign at Halifax but didn’t impress and would be loaned out three times over the course of the 05/06 season to York City, Tamworth and Workshop Town.
Manager Sean Connor took him to Sligo where he quickly became a fans’ favourite at The Showgrounds and ended that season as Sligo’s top scorer with seven league goals. When Connor took the reins at Bohemians the following year, Darren was one of his first signings and he would spend the next 18 months at Dalymount Park.
However when Connor was sacked at the end of the campaign Mansaram fell out of favour and returned to England in 2008 to sign for Leigh Genesis and later Retford United.
Connor, who was now manager of newly-promoted Dundalk, signed Mansaram for a third time in 2009 and the big striker made his debut coming on as a second half substitute in a 1-0 defeat away to Galway United. His first goal for the Lilywhites came the following week in a 3-0 win over Drogheda United at Oriel Park and in total scored five goals in 31 league outings as Dundalk finished comfortably in mid-table.
However, he was sent off in the last game of the season against Derry City (19th Dundalk player to be dismissed that season) and it also proved to be his last game in a Dundalk shirt as he was not offered a new deal.
Thereafter he joined Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity for a brief spell and a stint at Droylsden followed before moving into amateur football prior to the 2010/11 season, linking up with Armthorpe Welfare. Darren had further spells with Brigg Town, Armthorpe again and Arnold Town before signing for Armthorpe for a third time and now [Jan 2017] plays in midfield for the NCEL Premier Division team, the ninth tier of English football.