Herbie Taylor remembers former Southampton player Stanley Clements OBE, who has died, aged 95.
‘Stan’ Clements, the oldest living ex-Saint (not counting men who played only war-time football), passed away in the early hours of last Thursday morning at the age of 95.
Stan was born in Portsmouth on 25th June 1923. He was formerly a mechanical engineer in Portsmouth's naval dockyards, and joined Southampton from Gosport Borough in July 1944 on the recommendation of former Saint Stan Cribb.
He made his league debut on 24th May 1947 in the 2–0 home victory over Fulham. He was a strong, powerful centre-half and replaced Eric Webber for a few games the following season when Webber was rested.
Once Webber regained his place in the team, Clements made no further first-team appearances until February 1951. He was, however playing regularly for the reserves and occasionally deputised for Webber.
He remained patient and eventually was restored to the first team on a regular basis and went on to play a total of 120 games. His final game for Saints was against Shrewsbury Town on 25th September 1954.
Following a stint of playing for Basingstoke, he returned to his trade of civil engineering, working mainly abroad in Asia, but mostly in Africa – especially Kenya, where for a time he also coached the national football team.
Stan was awarded the OBE in 1981 for his services to engineering in Africa. He returned to the UK in the 1980s and retired to live in Gosport.
STANLEY FINLAY THOMAS CLEMENTS OBE
25th June 1923 – 8th November 2018
Stanley’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 27th November at 12.45pm at Portchester Crematorium. All welcome.