Craig Stanley (footballer)
|Date of birth||3 March 1983|
|Place of birth||Nuneaton, England|
|2003–2004||→ Raith Rovers (loan)||19||(1)|
|2004||AFC Telford United||12||(1)|
|2011||→ Torquay United (loan)||19||(1)|
|2018||Lancaster City (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:39, 12 September 2019 (UTC)|
Stanley began his career with Walsall. He was a key member of the Hereford side that clinched promotion to the Football League after play-off victories over the Shrimps and Halifax Town in the 2005–06 season.
Stanley signed for Morecambe in 2006 and won another consecutive promotion to the Football league. He left Morecambe in 2011 after several successful seasons, as he fell out with manager Sammy McIlroy.
Stanley captained the England National XI to a 4–1 victory over the Netherlands on 29 November 2006, winning the European Challenge Trophy.
On 31 January 2011, Stanley signed for Torquay United in a one-month loan deal. After an impressive stint with Torquay, the loan was extended until the end of the season.
He has been announced as the captain of Aldershot Town for the 2013–2014 season. He left the club at the end of the season after failing to agree a new contract. On 15 June 2018 Stanley signed for Lancaster City. Following the resignation of Lancaster manager Phil Brown on 10 September 2018, the club appointed Craig Stanley as caretaker manager together with Matthew Blinkhorn. After a six-game spell in charge Stanley lost out on the job on a permanent basis and on 8 January 2019, Stanley joined Kettering Town. Six months later, he joined Clitheroe.
In September 2019, Stanley joined Nuneaton Borough. On 3 November 2019 the club confirmed, that Stanley had left the club again because the traveling time from his home to the club, was too long.
- Football Conference Play-Off Winner 2006, 2007
- "Craig Stanley: Aldershot Town captain departs club". BBC Sport. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
- Craig Stanley installed as caretaker boss at Lancaster City, thevisitor.co.uk, 10 September 2018
- Craig Stanley departs Giant Axe Archived 2 February 2019 at the Wayback Machine, lancastercityfc.co.uk, 8 January 2019
- New Boy Stanley 'Fired Up', clitheroefc.co.uk, 15 June 2019
- Nuneaton Borough sign four as five go | Non League Daily
- STANNERS DEPARTS, pitchero.com, 3 November 2019
- Craig Stanley at Soccerbase
- Morecambe profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 May 2007)
- Craig Stanley at Soccerway
- Craig Stanley at Aylesbury United
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