Ryton-on-Tyne, County Durham born left back Stan Ramsay played junior football as an inside left for Ryton in 1923 and Stargate Rovers in 1924 before joining First Division Sunderland in 1925, for whom he made his Football League debut against Sheffield United that September, scoring in a 6-1 victory. In 1926-27 he scored 8 goals in 9 appearances for The Wearsiders including a hat-trick in a 6-2 victory over Leeds United in March 1927. But he continued on the fringes at Roker Park and joined Blackpool at the end of February 1928 after 14 goals in 25 appearances for Sunderland.
He soon converted to centre half at Bloomfield Road, but by September 1929 he had established himself at left back, and by the time he joined Norwich City in the 1932 close season he had scored twice in 105 appearances. He captained Norwich to the club’s first-ever honour, the Division Three (South) Championship in 1934, but only played 9 more games in the Second Division. After a single goal in 83 appearances Ramsay left Norwich to become player-manager of Shrewsbury Town in 1935, and later joined Dereham Town in 1936.