Stan Seymour
Stan Seymour
see also: Stan Seymour (opposition manager) →
Stan Seymour
● Stan Seymour, 1920 (PIN)

born in England

George Stanley Seymour was born on Thursday, 16th May, 1895, in Kelloe, County Durham.

The 5' 7 forward temporarily transferred to George Easton's Thistle in May, 1917, from his parent club, Morton.

Aged 21, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 12th May, 1917, in a 4-1 neutral-venue defeat against Queen's Park in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

That day, Stan became a member of our scoring debutant's club.

He scored his second and final goal for the club on Saturday, 18th May, 1918, in a 4-0 neutral-venue win against Clyde in the Glasgow Charity Cup.

He played his last game for Thistle on Saturday, 25th May, 1918, in a 2-0 neutral-venue defeat against Celtic in the Glasgow Charity Cup, having appeared as a Jag on 4 occasions.

His club-list included Newcastle United, Shildon Athletic, Coxhoe, Bradford City, Morton and Partick Thistle.

Stan died on Sunday, 24th December, 1978, in Newcastle upon Tyne, aged 83.

Bio Extra

Stan started life as a pit worker, and played for non-league clubs Shildon Athletic and Coxhoe. He joined Bradford City in 1911, but after a short stay moved to Morton in 1912. Stan stayed with the Ton for 8 years. Forward Stan was a prolific goal scorer for Morton scoring around 85 goals in around 230 appearances in the League alone.

Stan was temporarily transferred to Thistle in May 1917. The 21-year-old made a solitary first team appearance in the 1916-17 season, a Glasgow Charity Cup Semi-Final tie against Queen’s Park, with the Jags being beaten 4-1. Stan scored the Thistle goal. He played on a further 3 occasions in the 1917-18 season, and curiously all 3 were also Glasgow Charity Cup fixtures. He was in the winning side in the Quarter-Final, when the Thistle won 2-0 against Rangers; a 4-0 win over Clyde in the Semi-Final (with Stan scoring one of the goals), and a 2-0 defeat to Celtic in that season’s final.

In 1920, the player was transferred to Newcastle, not too far from his County Durham birthplace for a fee of £2,500. He spent 9 years as a player with the club, but as we will see he went on to represent the club in management, on the club board and as Life President. In competitive action he played over 260 matches for Newcastle, and scored more than 80 goals. Stan was an important part of the Newcastle sides that won the FA Cup in 1924 (scoring one in the 2-0 cup final victory over Aston Villa) and the 1st Division Championship title in the 1926-27 season.

He played in a wartime international match for England against Scotland at Celtic Park in June 1918, with Stan’s England side running out 2-0 winners. Future Jag Jimmy McMullen played for England; although Scottish, the English side had a few call offs. Future Jag Tommy Barber was also in the England side, with him being an Aston Villa player at the time. Stan left Newcastle in 1929 in a dispute over cash and benefit payments. He set up a sports goods shop and was also a journalist. He returned in 1938, when he was appointed to the club board. The following year he was appointed manager, and was responsible for a number of astute signings like Jackie Milburn and Len Shackleton. All in all Stan was manager of the club for around a total of 14 years, from 1939 to 1958. He was on the club board until his death in 1978, having been appointed Life President in 1976.

His son, Stan Junior, became the club chairman in the 1980s.


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