Football player infobox
playername = Phil Stant
fullname = Philip Richard Stant
height = height|ft=6|in=1
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1962|10|13|df=y
currentclub = Retired
position = Striker
manageryears = 2000-2001
managerclubs = Lincoln City
years = 1982-1983
clubs = Reading
→ Blackpool (loan)
→ Lincoln City (loan)
→ Huddersfield Town (loan)
→ Mansfield Town (loan)
→ Northampton Town(loan)
Brighton and Hove Albion
caps(goals) = 004 0(2)
pcupdate = 21:13, 5 May 2007 (UTC)
Philip "Phil" Stant (born
13 October 1962in Bolton) was a professionalfootballer who played as a strikernotably for Cardiff City and Lincoln City. He also became a manager, taking charge of Lincoln before moving into non League.
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". [cite web
title=Falklands: A soldier's tale
publisher=Manchester Evening News
2 April, 2007
He progressed into the
SASbefore turning his attentions to football. His first real taste of The Football Leaguecame 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,
Walescame calling and a £100,000 move to Cardiff City followed in December 1992.
Stant averaged a goal every other game during his three seasons at
Ninian Parkbefore 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.
He marked his second arrival at
Sincil Bankby 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 Westleyin 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 Buckleycoming 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 [cite web
title=Striker Stant signs for City
16 August, 2001
accessdate=2008-05-09] . He enjoyed a fruitful spell with the club, scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 victory over Tiverton Town on
20 October, 2001[cite web
title=Worcester City 4 Tiverton Town 2
22 October, 2001
accessdate=2008-05-09] and going on to notch a total of 12 goals in 23 appearances before moving on to Dover Athletic. [cite web
title=Dover move in for City striker
16 January, 2002
accessdate=2008-05-09] After four appearanes 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 [cite web
title=Now Stant joins Hinckley
22 March, 2002
accessdate=2008-05-09] , linking up with one-time Notts County colleague
Dean Thomasand scoring three times in eight appearances. [cite web
title=Phil Stant profile
In July 2002, Stant moved back into management, being appointed player-manager at Gainsborough Trinity. [cite web
title=Stant appoints new number two
13 July, 2002
accessdate=2008-05-09] Stant enjoyed a successful season at the Northolme, leading the club to the fifth round of the
FA Trophywhilst 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. [cite web
title=Stant leaves Trinity
13 May, 2003
In October 2003, Stant returned to management with Ilkeston Town [cite web
title=Bishop out - Stant in at Ilkeston
24 October, 2003
accessdate=2008-05-09] . He would steer Ilkeston to promotion to the
Northern Premier League Premier Divisionin the 2004-2005 season but a disappointing start to their campaign at the higher level saw Stant resign from his post in September 2005. [cite web
title=As does Stant at Ilkeston
29 September, 2005
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.
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/content/articles/2006/02/01/phil_stant_book_feature.shtml Lengthy audio interview with Radio Lincolnshire, February 2006]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/lincolnshire/content/articles/2007/04/02/phil_stant_feature.shtml Audio interview with Radio Lincolnshire about his Falklands memories]
* [http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ooh-Aah-Stantona-Phil-Stant/dp/1844542092 Ooh Ah Stantona, his autobiography published in 2006]
* [http://www.redimps.premiumtv.co.uk/page/LeagueLegends/0,,10440~944888,00.html Lincoln City Legends Profile]
* [http://www.gordonpoole.com/?artistID=1614 Speaking Profile and Video Clip]
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