Gordon Staniforth

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Gordon Staniforth
Gordon Staniforth 09-04-2011 1.jpg
Staniforth in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gordon Staniforth[1]
Date of birth (1957-03-23) 23 March 1957 (age 61)[1]
Place of birth Hull, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[2]
Playing position Striker
Youth career
000?–1974 Hull City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1974–1976 Hull City 12 (2)
1976–1979 York City 128 (33)
1979–1983 Carlisle United 126 (33)
1983–1985 Plymouth Argyle 91 (19)
1985–1987 Newport County 87 (13)
1987–1988 York City 19 (1)
1988–1989 North Ferriby United
Total 463 (101)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Doncaster Rovers Belles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gordon Staniforth (born 23 March 1957) is an English football coach and former player. He played in the Football League for Hull City, York City (two separate spells), Carlisle United, Plymouth Argyle and Newport County. He also played for England at schoolboy international level. From November 2013 to October 2014 Staniforth was head coach of FA WSL 2 club Doncaster Rovers Belles.


Born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Staniforth attended Greatfield High School.[2] He began his career as an apprentice with Hull City and he signed a professional contract with the club in April 1974.[2] He made his first team debut in a 1–0 defeat to Swindon Town on 15 April.[3] He joined York City on a one-month loan in December 1976, making his debut in a 3–2 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday on 27 December.[1][2] He signed for York permanently in January 1977 for a fee of £7,500.[2] He scored 33 times in 128 league games, also becoming Clubman of the Year in consecutive seasons, the first player to ever do so.

He moved to Carlisle United in October 1979 for a fee of £120,000.[2] He joined Plymouth Argyle in March 1983 in a player exchange with Mike McCartney plus £5,000 and was part of the side that reached an FA Cup semi-final.[2][4] In August 1985 he moved to Newport County in a player exchange with Steve Cooper plus £15,000.[2] He returned to York in October 1987 on non-contract terms to end his professional career.[2] He finished his career in non-League football with North Ferriby United, whom he signed for in July 1988 and departed in September 1989.[2]

After retiring, he worked as Community Officer at York from 1989 to December 1996, when he became a North Regional coach for the Professional Footballers' Association.[2] He was appointed youth coach at Leeds United in October 1997 before being sacked in May 1998 after just seven months of a three-year contract.[5]

He then worked as co-ordinator of York College's Football Development Centre, alongside former York City goalkeeper Andy Leaning. The centre was awarded FA Charter status in 2005.

On 6 November 2013 Staniforth was announced as FA WSL club Doncaster Rovers Belles's new head coach. He would work under director of football Julie Chipchase, who said the appointment was made only after "a rigorous interview and practical coaching assignment".[6] Staniforth led the team to five straight wins in his first five league games in charge and the Belles lost only one league match all season but finished behind Sunderland. On 30 October 2014, he resigned as Head Coach at the club,[7] disgruntled at scything cuts to the club's playing budget.

Personal life[edit]

Lucy Staniforth in September 2010

Staniforth's son Tom (1980–2001) was also a footballer. He was a professional with Sheffield Wednesday, but never played a competitive first team game. He was however a first team substitute on six occasions, including games against Manchester United and Arsenal. He died in York on the night of 20 August 2001, aged 20, having collapsed in the street after complaining of headaches.[8] On 31 January 2002, a local man—and former York City youth team goalkeeper—was charged with supplying ecstasy to Tom Staniforth. The man was later acquitted on this charge after the prosecution failed to offer any evidence against him. Since his son's death, Gordon Staniforth has been involved in anti-drug campaigning.[9]

His daughter, Lucy Staniforth, plays in the FA WSL for Liverpool[10] and has also represented England at under-17, under-19 and Under–23 level. She featured in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany. Lucy wears number 37—Tom's old Sheffield Wednesday squad number.[11] After hitting the first goal in Lincoln Ladies' 3–0 WSL win at Doncaster Rovers Belles, Lucy revealed a T-shirt paying tribute to Tom on the tenth anniversary of his death.[12]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 26 October 2014
Club From To Record
G W D L Win %
Doncaster Rovers Belles 6 November 2013 30 October 2014 26 18 3 5 069.23


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jarred, Martin; Windross, Dave (1997). Citizens and Minstermen, A Who's Who of York City FC 1922–1997. Citizen Publications. p. 97. ISBN 0-9531005-0-2.
  3. ^ Peterson, Mike (1999). The Definitive Hull City A.F.C. : A statistical history to 1999. Tony Brown. p. 77. ISBN 1-899468-13-7.
  4. ^ "Coaching Staff". York College. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Shattered dream!". Evening Press. 19 May 1998. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Doncaster Rovers Belles: Gordon Staniforth appointed head coach". BBC Sport. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013.
  7. ^ "CLUB STATEMENT: Staniforth Resigns". Doncaster Rovers Belles L.F.C. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Sad day for football as Sealey and Staniforth die". Clarets Mad. 20 August 2001. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Verdict given in Ecstasy tragedy". Evening Press. 26 April 2002. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  10. ^ "Midfielders / Lucy Staniforth". Lincoln Ladies FC. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  11. ^ Dave Flett (31 May 2011). "Footballer Lucy Staniforth pays tribute to late brother, Tom Staniforth". York Press. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Lucy Staniforth leads the way for Lincoln Ladies". Lincolnshire Echo. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.