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Andrew Mangan (born 30 August 1986 in Liverpoolmarker) is an Englishmarker footballer currently playing for Forest Green Rovers.

Andrew Mangan began his education in football at Blackpool FC at the age of 15. He was there for three years scoring 49 goals all together in reserve and youth team football. He also made his professional debut at the club, at the tender age of 17. He made just 2 professional appearances at Blackpool FC under Steve MacMahon. Colin Hendry took over as manager in Mangan's third year at the club, and Mangan found it hard to break in to the first team with Hendry's preference of players to be six foot plus, Mangan was therefore released towards the end of the season.

Mangan went straight on loan to Unibond Premier team Hyde United, scoring 2 goals in 7 appearances, helping them secure the league title along the way. It was thought Mangan would return to Hyde the following season but he rejected them in favour of a full time contract with Accrington Stanley.

At Accrington Mangan played 2 full seasons helping them gain promotion to the Football League for the first time in 50 years. In his first full season Mangan played in 45 cup and league games scoring ten goals. Mangan was used mainly in the last forty minutes of games to use his pace and exploit the defenders, he was known as a super sub in his first year. And scored some vital goals to help Accrington clinch the title. In his second year at the club Mangan became frustrated with the lack of starts he was getting. He made 36 appearances only 5 of them were from the start, and scored 6 goals. At the end of the 2007 season Mangan was offered a two year deal from Accrington but rejected in favour of Bury FC.

At Bury Mangan was given his chance, he scored his first goal in August with a header against Chesterfield, with 5 more goals coming before Christmas. Mangan was injured at the beginning of December 2007 with a suspected hernia problem. Mangan went under surgery in December 2007 and only made 6 appearances the rest of the season as he could not get fit. He made 20 appearances at bury, 10 of them starting and the others used as a substitute. While injured at Bury his manager Chris Casper was sacked and Alan Knill replaced him. Mangan was released towards the end of the 2008 season.

In the summer of 2008 Mangan signed for Forest Green Rovers. Forest Green Rovers manager Jim Harvey made Mangan his first signing of the summer, saying he had been after Mangan for a while. It was here at Forest Green Rovers that Mangan came into his own. He made 49 appearances scoring 30 goals, 26 of them were in the league and he finished the Blue Square Premier top goalscorer. Mangan was voted player of the year by the Directors of Forest Green Rovers. His 30 goals include 3 hat tricks against Torquay United, Lewes FC and Rushden and Dimonds.

On 7 April 2009 he was named as one of five players charged by the Football Association for breaching betting rules, whereby players, managers or coaching staff are prohibited from betting on the result or progress of any match or competition in which the participant is participating or has any direct or indirect influence. According to the BBC, the charge relates to a game between Bury FC and Accrington FC, before which Mangan is alleged to have placed stakes to the value of approximately £3,500. The Football Association subsequently fined him £2,000 and banned him for five months .

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  1. Five charged with betting on game. BBC Sport (2009-04-07). Retrieved on 2009-04-08.
  2. Four players banned over betting. BBC Sport (2009-07-22). Retrieved on 2009-07-22.


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