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Phil Stant

Phil Stant
Personal information
Full namePhilip Richard Stant
Date of birth (1962-10-13) 13 October 1962 (age 51)
Place of birthBolton, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing positionStriker
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1982–1983Reading4(2)
1986–1989Hereford United89(38)
1989–1991Notts County22(6)
1990Blackpool (loan)12(5)
1990Lincoln City (loan)4(0)
1991Huddersfield Town (loan)5(1)
1991Fulham19(5)
1991–1993Mansfield Town57(32)
1993–1995Cardiff City79(34)
1993Mansfield Town (loan)4(1)
1995–1997Bury62(23)
1996Northampton Town(loan)5(2)
1997–2001Lincoln City64(20)
2001Brighton & Hove Albion7(1)
2001–2002Worcester City15(7)
2002Dover Athletic4(0)
2002Hayes3(0)
2002Hinckley United7(2)
2002–2003Gainsborough Trinity28(13)
2003–2004Ilkeston Town10(1)
Teams managed
2000–2001Lincoln City
2002–2003Gainsborough Trinity
2003–2005Ilkeston Town
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:13, 5 May 2007 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Philip Richard "Phil" Stant (born 13 October 1962 in Bolton) was a professional footballer who played as a striker notably for Cardiff City and Lincoln City. He also became a manager, taking charge of Lincoln before moving into non League.

Professional career

An avid fan of home town team Bolton Wanderers, Phil Stant's route into professional football came after a career in the military. Stant is a veteran of the Falklands War, serving with 5 Infantry Brigade as part of 81 Ordnance Coy, and his experiences in the South Atlantic were the subject of a 2007 ITV documentary, "Falklands 25: A soldier's story".[1]

He progressed into the SAS before turning his attentions to football. His first real taste of The Football League came with Hereford United, although he did net twice in four games for Reading in the 1982–83 season.

Bought out of the Army by Hereford for £600, Stant went on to score 38 times in 89 League appearances for the Bulls, including 28 in 1988–89, before he secured a £175,000 move to Notts County.

He played just 22 times (six goals) for the Magpies though and after loan spells with Blackpool, Lincoln City - he failed to hit the target in his four games during the latter part of 1990 - and Huddersfield Town he joined Fulham for £60,000 in February 1991.

Six months later he was on the move again, scoring 26 goals for Mansfield Town as the Stags won promotion from the Fourth Division, and in December 1992, Wales came calling and a £100,000 move to Cardiff City.

Stant averaged a goal every other game during his three seasons at Ninian Park before it was Bury's turn to experience his goalscoring talents and it was from the Shakers where City purchased him for £30,000 in December 1996 where in two seasons scored 23 goals in 62 appearances.

He then moved to Lincoln City where he marked his second arrival at Sincil Bank by banging in 16 goals in 22 matches during the second half of the 1996–97 season and whilst the goals dried up the following campaign, he still played his part as the Club gained promotion on the final day of the season, assisting caretaker-manager Shane Westley in the latter half of the season.

In the Second Division campaign the following year, Stant made just five substitute appearances in all competitions as he concentrated on assisting Westley and chairman John Reames, who took over as manager in November 1998. In May 2000, Reames handed the managerial reins over to Stant, who came off the bench a further 19 times in the 1999–2000 season.

Stant lasted just 30 matches as Imps' boss though and, four days after the Lincoln City Membership Scheme's Community Ownership Package for the shareholding of the Club was successful, the new Board of Directors terminated the contracts of Stant and his assistant George Foster, with former Grimsby Town boss Alan Buckley coming in as his successor. A short-term playing contract at Brighton & Hove Albion followed.

Post professional career

Following his departure from Brighton, Stant joined Worcester City.[2] He enjoyed a fruitful spell with the club, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over Tiverton Town on 20 October 2001[3] and going on to notch a total of 12 goals in 23 appearances before moving on to Dover Athletic.[4] After four appearances for Dover, Stant moved on for a brief sojourn at Hayes which saw him make three appearances in a week long stay before finishing the season at Hinckley United,[5] linking up with one-time Notts County colleague Dean Thomas and scoring twice in seven league appearances, as well as in the Leicestershire Challenge Cup Final.[6]

In July 2002, Stant moved back into management, being appointed player-manager at Gainsborough Trinity.[7] Stant enjoyed a successful season at the Northolme, leading the club to the fifth round of the FA Trophy whilst securing a mid-table league finish and winning the Lincolnshire Senior County Cup, but resigned at the end of the season due to work commitments.[8]

In October 2003, Stant returned to management with Ilkeston Town,[9] He would steer Ilkeston to promotion to the Northern Premier League Premier Division in the 2004–05 season but a disappointing start to their campaign at the higher level saw Stant resign from his post in September 2005.[10]

Stant resigned from his post at Ilkeston in September 2005 and now concentrates his energies by running the Newark & Sherwood College Football Academy whilst he's also a youth development monitor for the Football League.

Career statistics

Club performance
Club Division Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Reading Third Division 1982–83 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Hereford United Fourth Division 1986–87 9 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 11 4
Fourth Division 1987–88 39 9 2 2 1 1 4 1 46 13
Fourth Division 1988–89 41 28 1 0 2 1 5 3 49 32
Notts County Third Division 1989–90 22 6 1 0 2 1 5 0 30 7
Second Division 1990–91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blackpool Fourth Division 1990–91 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 5
Lincoln City Fourth Division 1990–91 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Huddersfield Town Third Division 1990–91 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Fulham Third Division 1990–91 19 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 5
Mansfield Town Fourth Division 1991–92 40 26 1 0 2 0 2 0 45 26
Division Two 1992–93 17 6 1 0 2 1 0 0 20 7
Cardiff City Division Three 1992–93 24 11 0 0 0 0 2 1 26 12
Division Two 1993–94 36 10 6 4 0 0 4 2 46 16
Division Two 1994–95 19 13 1 0 2 2 2 0 24 15
Mansfield Town Division Three 1993–94 4 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 5 2
Bury Division Three 1994–95 20 13 0 0 0 0 3 0 23 13
Division Three 1995–96 34 9 1 0 5 4 2 0 42 13
Division Two 1996–97 8 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 9 1
Northampton Town Division Three 1996–97 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Lincoln City Division Three 1996–97 22 15 0 0 0 0 1 0 23 15
Division Three 1997–98 21 2 4 0 2 1 0 0 27 3
Division Two 1998–99 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Division Three 1999–2000 18 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 22 3
Division Three 2000–01 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brighton & Hove Albion Division Three 2000–01 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Worcester City SFL Premier Division 2001–02 15 7 5 2 0 0 2 1 22 10
Dover Athletic Conference 2001–02 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Hayes Conference 2001–02 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Hinckley United SFL Premier Division 2001–02 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Gainsborough Trinity Northern Premier League 2002–03 28 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 13
Ilkeston Town NPL First Division 2003–04 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 1
Career totals 500 193 28 8 21 12 36 11 585 224

References

External links

  • Lengthy audio interview with Radio Lincolnshire, February 2006
  • Audio interview with Radio Lincolnshire about his Falklands memories
  • Ooh Ah Stantona, his autobiography published in 2006
  • Lincoln City Legends Profile
  • Speaking Profile and Video Clip
  • Soccerbase

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