Stan Crowther (footballer)

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Stan Crowther
Personal information
Full name Stanley Crowther
Date of birth (1935-09-03)3 September 1935
Place of birth Bilston, Staffordshire, England
Date of death 28 May 2014(2014-05-28) (aged 78)
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1955 Bilston Town
1955–1958 Aston Villa 50 (4)
1958 Manchester United 13 (0)
1958–1961 Chelsea 51 (0)
1961 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 (0)
Hednesford Town
Rugby Town
National team
1957–1958 England U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stanley Crowther (3 September 1935 – 28 May 2014) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion during the 1950s and early 1960s. He won three caps for the England under-23 team, though he was never selected at senior level.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Crowther was born in Bilston, Staffordshire.[2] A wing half, he signed for Aston Villa from non-league club Bilston Town for a fee of £750 in 1955.[3] He was part of the Villa team that beat Manchester United 2–1 to win the 1957 FA Cup Final.[4] Less than a year later, in February 1958, Crowther was hastily signed by United for £18,000 in the wake of the Munich air disaster. The transfer was completed around an hour before their match against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup was due to kick off.[5]

Having already played for Villa in the competition that year, Crowther would normally have been cup-tied, but United's squad had been ravaged by Munich and were therefore given special dispensation by the Football Association to field him. United won the match 3–0, and Crowther and United went on to reach a second consecutive final, though they lost 2–0 to Bolton Wanderers.[6]

His time at Old Trafford was short-lived, however, and in December that year he joined Chelsea for £10,000;[7] coincidentally, his debut for the Pensioners was against United.[citation needed] Crowther stayed with the west London side for two seasons, making 58 appearances in all competitions,[8] before having brief spells with Brighton & Hove Albion, where his contract was terminated apparently because of the player's refusal to appear for the club's third team,[5] and non-league sides Hednesford Town[2] and Rugby Town.[9] Crowther announced his retirement at the age of 27, citing his disillusionment with the game.[citation needed] He died on 28 May 2014.[10][11]


  1. ^ Courtney, Barrie (27 March 2004). "England – U-23 International Results- Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Stan Crowther". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Crowther, Stanley (Stan)". Aston Villa Player Database. Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  4. ^ Moore, Glenn (2 January 2008). "Broken dreams: United and Villa in a game of two eras". The Independent. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  5. ^ a b Harding, John (26 October 2009). "On this day in history: October 26". Professional Footballers' Association. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  6. ^ Struthers, Greg (10 February 2008). "Caught in Time: Manchester United's FA Cup run, 1958". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  7. ^ "Stan Crowther". MUFCInfo. Mark Graham. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Stan Crowther". Chelsea F.C. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Hunt's Memories". Margate FC History Website. Jeff Trice. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  10. ^ "Aston Villa official website". Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Manchester United official website". Retrieved 28 May 2014.

External links[edit]

  • Stan Crowther at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database