Stan Bentham

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Stan Bentham
Personal information
Full name Stanley Joseph Bentham
Date of birth (1915-03-17)17 March 1915
Place of birth Leigh, England
Date of death 29 May 2002(2002-05-29) (aged 87)[1]
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1933–1935 Wigan Athletic 5 (3)
1935–1949 Everton 110 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Stanley Joseph Bentham (17 March 1915 – 29 May 2002) was an English footballer.

Born at Leigh, Lancashire, in 1915, he had a trial with Football League club Bolton Wanderers as a teenager in the early 1930s but was not offered a professional contract and signed for non-league Wigan Athletic instead. He played five times for the club in the 1933-34 season as they won the Cheshire County League title, scoring three goals.[2] He turned professional on 1 January 1935, still only aged 18, when First Division giants Everton signed him. He made his senior debut on 23 November 1935 in a league game against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park and was soon a regular first team player, missing just one league game in the 1938-39 season, but he was 23 years old when in September of that year World War II broke out and by the time league action resumed for the 1946-47 season, he was already 30 years old and had lost most of the prime years of his career.

He remained with Everton as a player before retiring at the end of the 1947-48 season, by which time he had played 125 competitive games for the Goodison Park club (110 of them in the league) and scored seven goals. He remained on the club's payroll as a coach until 1962, when he secured a similar position at Luton Town. This was his final job in football.

By the late 1990s, Bentham was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and was living in a nursing home at Southport by the time of his death in May 2002 at the age of 87.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ToffeeWeb - Everton History: Obituaries". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  2. ^ Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.
  3. ^ "This Northern Soul – Them and us – Stan Bentham (Wigan Athletic and Everton)". 2 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.

External links[edit]

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