|Full name||Stanley Joseph Bentham|
|Date of birth||17 March 1915|
|Place of birth||Leigh, England|
|Date of death||29 May 2002(aged 87)|
|Playing position||Wing half|
|* 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. 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.
- "ToffeeWeb - Everton History: Obituaries". Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- Hayes, Dean (1996). The Latics: The Official History of Wigan Athletic F.C. Harefield: Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-91-7.
- "This Northern Soul – Them and us – Stan Bentham (Wigan Athletic and Everton)". 2 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- Stan Bentham at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database