Patrick Gordon Stanton (born 13 September 1944) is a Scottish former football player and manager. Stanton played for [2 ] Hibernian for most of his career, making nearly 400 league appearances. Late in his career, he had a short and successful spell with Celtic. Stanton also made 16 appearances for Scotland. After retiring as a player, he assisted Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen and managed Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic and Hibernian.
Club career [ edit ]
Stanton is the great-great nephew of
Michael Whelahan, one of the founders of Hibernian FC and its first captain. He signed for the club in 1963 and made his professional debut later that year. [3 ] He established himself in the Hibs first team, playing either in defence or midfield. [4 ] Stanton captained Hibs when they won the [4 ] 1972 Scottish League Cup Final. [4 ]
Stanton left Hibs in 1976 when he was transferred to
Celtic in a swap deal for Jackie McNamara, Sr. [4 ] Jock Stein, who had briefly managed Stanton at Hibs in the 1960s, identified Stanton as the man to stop Celtic conceding soft goals. [4 ] This was an apparent success, as Celtic won the [5 ] Scottish Cup and the Scottish league championship in 1976–77. [4 ] Stanton suffered a bad injury early in the 1977–78 season, which eventually forced his retirement from playing. [5 ] Hibs and Celtic played a [4 ] testimonial match for Stanton on 30 April 1978. [6 ]
International career [ edit ]
Stanton was selected three times by the
Scotland under-23 team early in his career. He won 16 caps for [7 ] Scotland between 1966 and 1974, captaining the side three times. [1 ] Stanton also played for the [4 ] Scotland under-21 team as an over-age player and represented the Scottish League.
Coaching and management [ edit ]
Stanton got a start in coaching when
Alex Ferguson made him his assistant at Aberdeen, a position he held for one season. Stanton was then manager at [8 ] Cowdenbeath, then Dunfermline Athletic.
He returned to Hibs in 1982, but his spell in the manager's chair at
Easter Road was unsuccessful and he resigned in 1984.
Other activities [ edit ]
After leaving the club as player and manager, Stanton helps Hibernian with their matchday hospitality.
References [ edit ]