|Full name||Philip Richard Stant|
|Date of birth||13 October 1962|
|Place of birth||Bolton, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|1990||→ Blackpool (loan)||12||(5)|
|1990||→ Lincoln City (loan)||4||(0)|
|1991||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||5||(1)|
|1993||→ Mansfield Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|1996||→ Northampton Town (loan)||5||(2)|
|2001||Brighton & Hove Albion||7||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 5 May 2007 (UTC).
Philip Richard "Phil" Stant (born 13 October 1962) is an English former professional footballer who played as a striker. A veteran of the Falklands War and formerly attached to the SAS, he entered professional football at the relatively late age of 24 but went on to score over 150 times in the Football League, most notably for Mansfield Town, Cardiff City and Lincoln City.
Stant joined the army as a teenager and was billeted at Aldershot Garrison for his training and played for local non-League club Camberley Town. In 1982, at the age of just 18, Stant was sent to the Falkland Islands as part of operations of the Falklands War, serving with 5 Infantry Brigade as part of 81 Ordnance Coy. He was deployed to the South Pacific aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, a journey that lasted three weeks and included stops in Sierra Leone and Ascension Island before arriving in the South Atlantic, landing on South Georgia.
During his time in the conflict, Stant was witness to the Bluff Cove Air Attacks, having been aboard RFA Sir Tristram earlier in the day. He had been ordered off the ship the day before to man a nearby trench in Port Pleasant. There he was witness to the Argentinian aerial attack on the two warships and was one of the first on the scene afterwards where he helped wounded soldiers. Stant has described his experiences in the aftermath as "the day I grew up" due to the injuries he witnessed. He remained on the island until July 1982, a month after the end of the hostilities there.
He progressed into the SAS and also worked as part of an bomb disposal unit before turning his attentions to football. His experiences in the South Atlantic were the subject of a 2007 ITV documentary, "Falklands 25: A soldier's story".
An avid fan of home town team Bolton Wanderers, his first real taste of The Football League came with Hereford United, although he did net twice in four games for Reading in the 1982–83 season. Bought out of the Army by Hereford for £600, Stant went on to score 38 times in 89 League appearances for the Bulls, including 28 in 1988–89, before he secured a £175,000 move to Notts County.
He played just 22 times (six goals) for the Magpies though and after loan spells with Blackpool, Lincoln City - he failed to hit the target in his four games during the latter part of 1990 - and Huddersfield Town he joined Fulham for £60,000 in February 1991.
Six months later he was on the move again, scoring 26 goals for Mansfield Town as the Stags won promotion from the Fourth Division, and in December 1992, Wales came calling and a £100,000 move to Cardiff City.
Stant averaged a goal every other game during his three seasons at Ninian Park, including a hat-trick in the 1993 Welsh Cup final win over Rhyl, before it was Bury's turn to experience his goalscoring talents and it was from the Shakers where City purchased him for £30,000 in December 1996 where in two seasons scored 23 goals in 62 appearances.
He then moved to Lincoln City where he marked his second arrival at Sincil Bank by banging in 16 goals in 22 matches during the second half of the 1996–97 season and whilst the goals dried up the following campaign, he still played his part as the Club gained promotion on the final day of the season, assisting caretaker-manager Shane Westley in the latter half of the season.
In the Second Division campaign the following year, Stant made just five substitute appearances in all competitions as he concentrated on assisting Westley and chairman John Reames, who took over as manager in November 1998. In May 2000, Reames handed the managerial reins over to Stant, who came off the bench a further 19 times in the 1999–2000 season.
Stant lasted just 30 matches as Imps' boss though and, four days after the Lincoln City Membership Scheme's Community Ownership Package for the shareholding of the Club was successful, the new Board of Directors terminated the contracts of Stant and his assistant George Foster, with former Grimsby Town boss Alan Buckley coming in as his successor. A short-term playing contract at Brighton & Hove Albion followed.
Post professional career
Following his departure from Brighton, Stant joined Worcester City. He enjoyed a fruitful spell with the club, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over Tiverton Town on 20 October 2001 and going on to notch a total of 12 goals in 23 appearances before moving on to Dover Athletic. After four appearances for Dover, Stant moved on for a brief sojourn at Hayes which saw him make three appearances in a week long stay before finishing the season at Hinckley United, linking up with one-time Notts County colleague Dean Thomas and scoring twice in seven league appearances, as well as in the Leicestershire Challenge Cup Final.
In July 2002, Stant moved back into management, being appointed player-manager at Gainsborough Trinity. Stant enjoyed a successful season at the Northolme, leading the club to the fifth round of the FA Trophy whilst securing a mid-table league finish and winning the Lincolnshire Senior County Cup, but resigned at the end of the season due to work commitments.
In October 2003, Stant returned to management with Ilkeston Town, He would steer Ilkeston to promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division in the 2004–05 season but a disappointing start to their campaign at the higher level saw Stant resign from his post in September 2005.
Stant resigned from his post at Ilkeston in September 2005 and now concentrates his energies by running the Newark & Sherwood College Football Academy whilst he's also a youth development monitor for the Football League.
- Cardiff City
- Welsh Cup Winner: 1992–93
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- "There are no winners in this shooting match". The Times (subscription required). 20 March 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
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- "Striker Stant signs for City". Worcester News. 16 August 2001. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Worcester City 4 Tiverton Town 2". Worcester News. 22 October 2001. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Dover move in for City striker". Worcester News. 16 January 2002. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Now Stant joins Hinckley". NonLeagueDaily.com. 22 March 2002. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Phil Stant profile". hinckleyunitedfc.co.uk. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Stant appoints new number two". NonLeagueDaily.com. 13 July 2002. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Stant leaves Trinity". NonLeagueDaily.com. 13 May 2003. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "Bishop out - Stant in at Ilkeston". NonLeagueDaily.com. 24 October 2003. Retrieved 9 May 2008.
- "As does Stant at Ilkeston". NonLeagueDaily.com. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2008.