Tom Stanton (footballer)
|Full name||Thomas Stanton|
|Date of birth||3 May 1948|
|Place of birth||Glasgow, Scotland|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Full back/Midfielder|
|1977–1980||Forest Green Rovers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.