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 73)
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.

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 (a founder of Hibernian and its first captain) and the great-nephew of Hibernian centre forward James Hendren.[2][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. 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] He also played for the Scotland under-21 team as an over-age player and represented the Scottish League.[citation needed]

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] He then managed 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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pat Stanton profile". londonhearts.com. London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "PAT STANTON PREVIEWS BONNYRIGG ROSE V HIBERNIAN". Hibernianfc.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Leslie, Colin. "Stanton on a final flourish at Celtic". Scotsman.com. Johnston Press. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "They Died in the Conflict during Season 1914–1915" (PDF). Scotlands-war.ed.ac.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Pat Stanton at the Scottish Football Association
  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. Archived from the original on 20 July 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Pat Stanton". fitbastats.com. 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.