Tom Stanton (footballer)

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Tom Stanton
Personal information
Full name Thomas Stanton
Date of birth (1948-05-03) 3 May 1948 (age 68)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full back/Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1966 Liverpool 0 (0)
1966–1967 Arsenal 0 (0)
1967–1968 Mansfield Town 37 (1)
1968–1976 Bristol Rovers 168 (7)
1976–1977 Weymouth
1977–1980 Forest Green Rovers
1982–1983 Clevedon Town
Total 205 (8)
Teams managed
1982–1983 Clevedon Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Thomas Stanton (born 3 May 1948 in Glasgow) is a former professional footballer who played as a full back and a midfielder in The Football League between 1967 and 1976.

Stanton started out playing junior football for Liverpool before turning professional in 1965. After a year with their senior squad without playing a League match he moved to Arsenal in September 1966, with whom he again failed to play in a League game. He eventually made his League debut after joining Mansfield Town in 1967, and went on to play 37 times for them before joining Bristol Rovers in June 1968.

In eight seasons with Bristol Rovers he made 168 League appearances, eleven of those as a substitute, and scored seven times, before dropping down into non-League football in 1976 when he joined Weymouth. In 1977, he joined Forest Green Rovers as a player-coach, and in 1980 returned to Bristol Rovers as reserve team coach. Another stint as a player-coach followed in 1982, this time with Clevedon Town, and he was later appointed their manager. He returned for a third spell with Bristol Rovers in 1983, where he spent a year coaching their schoolboy teams.

Following his retirement from football, Stanton started up an antiques business in the Clifton area of Bristol.


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