Stan Anderson

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Stan Anderson
Personal information
Full name Stanley Anderson
Date of birth (1933-02-27) 27 February 1933 (age 81)
Place of birth Horden, England
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952–1963 Sunderland 402 (31)
1963–1965 Newcastle 81 (13)
1965–1966 Middlesbrough 21 (2)
National team
1962 England 2 (0)
Teams managed
1966–1973 Middlesbrough
1973–1974 AEK Athens
1974 QPR
1975–1978 Doncaster Rovers
1980–1981 Bolton Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stanley Anderson (born 27 February 1933, in Horden) is a former English football player and manager. He is the only player to captain all three of the north east's big clubs in Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. He was an England schoolboy before joining his local club, Sunderland and playing before huge crowds at Roker Park. He was 19 when he made his first team debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Portsmouth on October 4 1952. For the next eleven years he was a regular in a Sunderland side that contained at various times Len Shackleton, Trevor Ford, Don Revie, Charlie Hurley and Brian Clough, with whom Stan had a close friendship up until the former Forest manager's death. In 1955 and 1956 Sunderland twice made it through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but lost both games and in 1958 the club were relegated for the first time ever. Stan was captain of a young side in the second Division and it was his foresight that led to the sending of centre half Charlie Hurley up field for corners and free-kicks, a revolutionary move that helped turn Hurley into a hero amongst the Sunderland faithful. In 1961 Sunderland came closer than any side in denying Spurs the famous League and FA Cup double but after drawing 1-1 at Roker Park, Sunderland were heavily beaten 5-0 in the replay.

In 1962 Stan finally won the International cap he had lost out on by being sent off whilst representing England Under 23s against Bulgaria in Sofia in 1957. After debuting against Austria he played in a 2-0 defeat away to Scotland before being selected as a squad member for the World Cup squad in Chile, where he was unused throughout the tournament. In 1963 Stan was sensationally sold to Newcastle United and he assisted the Magpies in 1964-65 as they captured the Second Division title. When he was sold to Middlesbrough in 1965 he became the first - and only - player to captain all three of the big clubs in the north east.

He succeeded Raich Carter as Middlesbrough manager in April 1966[1] and remained at the club until resigning in April 1973 to be replaced by Jack Charlton. In his time the club were relegated from and promoted to the Football League second division. After leaving Middlesbrough he managed in Greece for AEK Athens FC and in England, where he became boss at QPR, Doncaster Rovers and Bolton Wanderers before giving up management after resigning in 1981. He continued as a scout for various clubs including Newcastle.[2]

In 2010 Stan's autobiography, which was co-written with Sunderland fan Mark Metcalf, was released by Sportsbooks. Entitled Captain of the North is reveals that Stan was ahead of his time with insistence that teams play intelligent football in which accurate passing is paramount. In 2012 Stan was given the honorary title of 'world golfing champion' for regularly shooting rounds at figures below his age.


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