Stan Clements

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Stan Clements
Personal information
Full name Stanley Finlay Thomas Clements
Date of birth (1923-06-25) 25 June 1923 (age 91)
Place of birth Portsmouth, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944-1955 Southampton 116 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stanley Finlay Thomas "Stan" Clements, (born Portsmouth 25 June 1923) is a retired footballer who played most of his professional career for Southampton.

He was formerly a mechanical engineer in Portsmouth's naval dockyards, and joined Southampton from Gosport Borough in July 1944.

He made his league debut on 24 May 1947 in the 2-0 home victory over Fulham. He was a strong, powerful centre-half and replaced Eric Webber for 13 games in the following season when Webber was rested. Once Webber regained his place in the team, Clements made no further first-team appearances until February 1951. For the following few seasons he alternated at centre-back with Len Wilkins and Henry Horton and had a spell as team captain in 1952-53.

He scored once in 116 league games before becoming player-coach at Basingstoke Town in February 1955.

After leaving football, he qualified as a civil engineer and worked in Kenya, Uganda and Sudan, before briefly helping to coach the Kenyan national team.

He returned to the UK in the mid-1980s and now lives in Gosport.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (2003). In That Number - A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. p. 496. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X.