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Born: 10 October 1980
Came from: Coventry City Went to: Released
First game: 16 August 2008 Last game: 09 February 2010
Appearances: 22 (12/10) Goals: 0
Glasgow-born McNamee began his career at St Mirren and two years later his impressive performances led to a move to Blackburn Rovers for a reported £300,000 fee in February 1999, although he was immediately loaned back to his first club for the remainder of the season. He failed to make a first team appearance for Rovers and moved to Livingston in 2002, where he helped the club win the Scottish League Cup two years later. His form led to a call-up to the Scottish national team in 2004, the first of four caps for his country. A classy right-back, he moved to Coventry City after four seasons and 108 games at Livingston, to play 31 times in a two-year stay with the Sky Blues. McNamee struggled with injuries throughout his career, a pattern that was very evident at Coventry and after his arrival at Home Park.
Despite his obvious quality, a variety of fitness problems restricted his availability for Argyle, but it was suspension that denied him an appearance at the Emirates against Arsenal in the FA Cup in January 2009. This was due to a red card received for a spectacular professional foul on Cardiffs Michael Chopra at Ninian Park, after Romain Larrieu had gone up for a woefully-delivered last minute corner that left McNamee with little option when faced with a rapid counter-attack toward an open goal.
After McNamee's release at the end of his two-year deal, he trialled briefly for Motherwell under Craig Brown, and then followed Brown to Aberdeen to sign a contract in December 2010, joining a club that had also seen former team-mates Chris Clarke, Yoanne Folly, Kári Arnason, Jim Paterson, Steve MacLean and Rory Fallon on its books. In all he made 13 appearances for the Pittodrie side but was released at the end of the 2010-11 season.
McNamee then spend six months without a club before signing for Scottish Premier League newcomers Ross County in January 2012. Having failed to break into the Dingwall-based sides first team, he moved to Conference Premier side Nuneaton Town in October 2012, having ties to the East Midlands because he met his partner whilst playing for Coventry City. He played 14 times in just over a year with Nuneaton before moving on locally to Conference North side Leamington in November 2013.
After hanging up his boots in 2014, McNamee studied for his coaching qualifications and worked briefly for the youth academy at Coventry City, but soon realised that football coaching wasn't for him and instead joined the Royal Navy. In November 2015 he returned to the Plymouth area to train as a mine warfare specialist at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint.
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