Stan Anderson is the only player to captain all three of the big North East clubs…
So please raise a glass in Stan’s honour.
Stan was born in Horden in County Durham, captained Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough during his career. And he was the captain when Newcastle won the 1964/65 second Division Championship.
He’s loved on Wearside, Tyneside and Teesside. Fans from all three teams love him.
When he left Sunderland for Newcastle the fans back then thought he wouldn’t do much when he arrived. But he came and he conquered winning the 1964/65 Second Division Championship trophy.
Stan was an England schoolboy international before joining his local club Sunderland. He was 19 when he made his first team debut in a 1-1 draw at home to Portsmouth on 4 October 1952 and for the next 11 years he was a regular in the Sunderland side.
In 1955 and 1956 Sunderland twice made it through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but lost both games and in 1958 the club were relegated for the first time ever. Anderson was captain of a young side in the Second Division.
The strong-tackling wing-half appeared in his first England under-23 side in September 1955, but although he was to secure more under-23 honours and make an England ‘B’ appearance he did not win his first full cap until the 1961-62 season.
After debuting against Austria he played in a 2-0 defeat away to Scotland before being selected as a squad member for the 1962 FIFA World Cup in Chile, where he was unused throughout the tournament, Bobby Moore’s selection keeping him out of the team.
Anderson seemed set to finish his career with Sunderland, but after 400 appearances and 12 years he signed for Newcastle United for £35,000 in November 1963.
He assisted the Magpies in 1964-65 as they captured the Second Division title.
When he was sold to Middlesbrough in 1965 he became the first, and to date only, player to captain all three of the big clubs in the North East.
He succeeded Raich Carter as Middlesbrough manager in April 1966 and remained at the club until resigning in April 1973 to be replaced by Jack Charlton.
Sadly Stan could not stop Boro’s slide and within months of taking over he found himself the manager of a Division 3 team.
A last day win at home to Oxford United helped Boro gain a swift return to Division 2, at the first attempt. He tried all he could to get Boro back to Division 1, finishing 6th, 4th, 4th, 7th, 9th and 4th over the seasons.
When he suddenly resigned during the 1972-73 season citing that he had taken the team as far as he could he had laid the foundations of what was to become one of Boro’s greatest teams. RIP Stan.
Picture : ©Richard Piers Rayner