Leigh born wing half Stan Bentham played for Lowton St Mary’s before joining Wigan Athletic in 1933, he played five times for the club in the 1933-34 season as they won the Cheshire County League title, scoring three goals. He turned professional on 1st January 1935, still only aged 18, when First Division giants Everton signed him. He made his senior debut on 23rd November 1935 in a League game against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park and was soon a regular first team player, missing just one League game in the 1938-39 season, but he was 23 years old when in September of that year World War Two broke out and by the time League action resumed for the 1946-47 season, he was already 30 years old and had lost most of the prime years of his career.
He remained with Everton as a player before retiring at the end of the 1947-48 season, by which time he had played 128 competitive games for the Goodison Park club (113 of them in the League) and scored 17 goals. He remained on the club’s payroll as a coach until 1962, when he secured a similar position at Luton Town. This was his final job in football.