A goalkeeper, Stan was on our books for five years during the immediate post war era, making over 100 appearances before a wrist injury brought his senior career to a halt at the age of 26. Despite that, Stan continued to serve the game for a further fifty years, principally with Crawley Town.
Born at Lambeth on January 12, 1926, Stanley Henry Markham represented Bermondsey District Schoolboys and played Army football during his three year stint with the Grenadier Guards. Standing 6ft 1ins and weighing in at 10st 13lbs, he signed amateur forms for us on May 24, 1947 upgrading to professional status later that year on September 5. He soon moved to a club house at Chingford having previously lived at Westminster.
Stan's only appearance in our senior team was for the Fred Sargent memorial match against Chelmsford City on September 20, 1948. He made 47 appearances for the Reserve Team and 57 for the 'A' Team, gaining winners' medals in the Eastern Counties League Cup during 1948-49 and Eastern Counties League and East Anglian Cup the following year.
The wrist injury kept him out of action during season 1951-52 and on being released he joined Wisbech Town where he made 25 appearances during 1952-53. A spell with Canterbury City followed until beginning his long association with Crawley Town in 1956. After his playing career he served the Sussex club in various capacities including reserve team manager, manager, general manager, scout and secretary - filling the latter role for nearly 30 years until his retirement in 1997. Appointed vice president of the club he continued to assist with secretarial matters until early last year.
Accompanied by several members of his family, Stan saw his last game at Tottenham when we defeated Manchester United 4-1 on New Year's Day, 1996.
Stan, who had lived at Crawley for many years, passed away at St. George's Hospital, Tooting on August 5. One minute's silence was observed prior to the Crawley Town v Spurs XI friendly match the following evening.
He is survived by his widow Alma, daughters Vivien and Sarah, son Rod, brother Charlie plus five grandchildren.
A funeral service will take place at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley on Tuesday, August 26, at 11.15.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Stan Markham earlier this month, aged 77.