Jim Standen

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Jim Standen
Cricket information
Batting style Right-handed batsman
Bowling style Right-arm-medium
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 133 27
Runs scored 2092 217
Batting average 14.32 12.76
100s/50s 0/2 0/0
Top score 92* 31
Balls bowled 19599 1189
Wickets 313 43
Bowling average 25.34 18.44
5 wickets in innings 13 1
10 wickets in match 0 N/A
Best bowling 7–30 5–14
Catches/stumpings 83/0 17/-
Source: Cricinfo
Jim Standen
Personal information
Full name James Alfred Standen
Date of birth (1935-05-30) 30 May 1935 (age 81)
Place of birth Edmonton, England
Height 6 ft 0.25 in (1.84 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1951–53 Rickmansworth F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1960 Arsenal 35 (0)
1960–1962 Luton Town 36 (0)
1962–1968 West Ham United 178 (0)
1968 Detroit Cougars[1] 12 (0)
1968–1970 Millwall 8 (0)
1970–1972 Portsmouth 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

James Alfred Standen (born 30 May 1935 in Edmonton, London) is an English former footballer, playing as goalkeeper, and cricketer.

Football career[edit]

Jim Standen started his footballing career at Arsenal, joining the side in 1953. His appearances at Arsenal were limited, first by National Service and then by the presence of Wales international Jack Kelsey. He finally made his debut for Arsenal against Burnley on 7 December 1957, and deputised for Kelsey when he was injured in the 1958–59 season; upon Kelsey's return the two goalkeepers shared the spot for 1959–60. However, Kelsey regained the number one jersey outright at the start of 1960–61 and Standen left Arsenal for Luton Town in October 1960. He made 38 appearances for Arsenal in all.

At Luton, Standen was forced to understudy again, this time for England's Ron Baynham. Standen joined east London club, West Ham United as an emergency signing after their regular keeper Lawrie Leslie suffered a broken leg in 1962. He became a big hit at Upton Park and went on to make 179 league and 57 cup appearances for the club, winning the 1963–64 FA Cup and the 1964–65 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with them.

After losing his place after the arrival of Bobby Ferguson in 1967, Standen moved to the Detroit Cougars in the United States. He returned to England with Millwall for the 1969–70 season, playing eight games for the South London club before signing a two-year contract with Portsmouth. After 13 games for Pompey, he retired from football. After retiring from football, he owned a sports shop in Camberley, Surrey for many years.

Cricket career[edit]

As a cricketer, Standen was primarily a right-arm medium pace bowler. He won a Championship medal with Worcestershire in 1964, heading their Championship bowling averages with 52 wickets at 14.42. The following season the county won the title again, but he played in only one match. In all he took 313 first-class wickets between 1959 and 1970 at an average of 25.34.


  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4. 
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 192. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 

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