Gary Stanley

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Gary Stanley
Personal information
Date of birth (1954-03-04) 4 March 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Burton upon Trent, England
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
19xx–1971 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1979 Chelsea 109 (15)
1979 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 20 (0)
1979–1981 Everton 52 (1)
1981–1984 Swansea City 72 (4)
1984–1986 Portsmouth 47 (1)
1986–1988 Wichita Wings (indoor) 51 (2)
1988–1989 Bristol City 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gary Stanley (born 4 March 1954) is an English former professional footballer who played as a midfielder in the Football League for Chelsea, Everton, Swansea City, Portsmouth and Bristol City.[1] He also played in the North American Soccer League with Fort Lauderdale Strikers[2] and in the Major Indoor Soccer League with Wichita Wings.[1]


Stanley started his career with Chelsea, where he turned professional in 1971 and made his league debut at the age of 21, on 16 August 1975 in a 2–1 defeat away to Sunderland in the Second Division.[3] He helped the club to promotion to the First Division in the 1976–77 season, and remained with Chelsea until their relegation in 1979, when, after a summer in the NASL with Fort Lauderdale Strikers, he joined Everton for a fee of £300,000.[2][4] He failed to show his Chelsea form with Everton, and moved on to Swansea City two years later for £150,000.[5] Stanley won the Welsh Cup twice with Swansea, in 1982 and 1983, before spending two years with Portsmouth and three seasons in the MISL with the Wichita Wings.[1][4] He returned to England in 1988 and spent a season with Bristol City before moving into non-league football with Waterlooville.[1] After retiring as a player he worked for NTI Communications.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Gary Stanley". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b "North American Soccer League Rosters Ft. Lauderdale/Minnesota Strikers". NASL Jerseys. Dave Morrison. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Gary Stanley – Chelsea FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collection Ltd. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Past Players: S". Swansea City A.F.C. 9 November 2007. Archived from the original on 7 December 2009. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Gary Stanley – Everton FC". Football Heroes. Sporting Heroes Collection Ltd. Retrieved 28 September 2009.

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