Pat Stanton

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Pat Stanton
Personal information
Full name Patrick Gordon Stanton[1]
Date of birth (1944-09-13) 13 September 1944 (age 72)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Youth career
Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1976 Hibernian 398 (50)
1976–1978 Celtic 37 (0)
National team
1966–1974 Scotland 16 (0)
1966–1973 Scottish League XI 6 (0)
Teams managed
1980 Cowdenbeath
1980–1982 Dunfermline Athletic
1982–1984 Hibernian

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Patrick Gordon Stanton (born 13 September 1944) is a Scottish former football player and manager.[2] Stanton played for Hibernian for most of his career, making nearly 400 league appearances. Late in his career, he had a short and successful spell with Celtic. Stanton also made 16 appearances for Scotland. After retiring as a player, he assisted Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen and managed Cowdenbeath, Dunfermline Athletic and Hibernian.

Club career[edit]

Stanton is the great-great nephew of Michael Whelahan (one of the founders of Hibernian and its first captain) and the great-nephew of Hibernian centre forward James Hendren.[3][4] He signed for the club in 1963 and made his professional debut later that year.[5] He established himself in the Hibs first team, playing either in defence or midfield.[5] Stanton captained Hibs when they won the 1972 Scottish League Cup Final.[5]

Stanton left Hibs in 1976 when he was transferred to Celtic in a swap deal for Jackie McNamara, Sr.[5] Jock Stein, who had briefly managed Stanton at Hibs in the 1960s, identified Stanton as the man to stop Celtic conceding soft goals.[5][6] This was an apparent success, as Celtic won the Scottish Cup and the Scottish league championship in 1976–77.[5][6] Stanton suffered a bad injury early in the 1977–78 season, which eventually forced his retirement from playing.[5] Hibs and Celtic played a testimonial match for Stanton on 30 April 1978.[7]

International career[edit]

Stanton was selected three times by the Scotland under-23 team early in his career.[8] He won 16 caps for Scotland between 1966 and 1974,[1] captaining the side three times.[5] Stanton also played for the Scotland under-21 team as an over-age player and represented the Scottish League.

Coaching and management[edit]

Stanton got a start in coaching when Alex Ferguson made him his assistant at Aberdeen, a position he held for one season.[9] Stanton was then manager at Cowdenbeath, then Dunfermline Athletic.

He returned to Hibs in 1982, but his spell in the manager's chair at Easter Road was unsuccessful and he resigned in 1984.[citation needed]

Other activities[edit]

After leaving the club as player and manager, Stanton helps Hibernian with their matchday hospitality.[6] Following complications and surgery after the birth in 2012 of his twin grandsons, Stanton has been devoting his time to support of brain-damaged children.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Pat Stanton". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Stanton's Tribute: Niddrie on Nid Hibernian FC, 1 September 2011
  3. ^ Leslie, Colin (15 November 2008). "Stanton renews his family's grasp on integral piece of Hibs' history". Johnston Press. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Pat Stanton at
  6. ^ a b c Paul, Ian (26 May 2001). "Conflict of green loyalties". HeraldScotland. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Pat Stanton Testimonial". Celtic Programmes Online. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Pat Stanton". Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Spiers, Graham (6 November 2006). "Why Sir Alex Ferguson is a bona fide football legend". Herald Scotland. Herald & Times Group. Retrieved 1 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hibs icon backs children's charity". East Lothian Courier. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2015.