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.