Stansbridge Len Image 1 Southampton 1950

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Southampton born goalkeeper Len Stansbridge began his football career with Bitterne Boys and played for Southampton Schools before joining hometown professional club Southampton as an amateur in May 1936, turning professional in August the same year and making his Football League debut in a Second Division fixture at Plymouth Argyle in May 1938. As understudy to Sam Warhurst, he played five more first team games in 1938-39, and when War broke out in September 1939 he joined The Royal Medical Corps. He played for Rotherham and Swansea Town as a wartime guest before being deployed with the British Expeditionary Force, and he stayed behind to tend to the wounded at Dunkirk and was captured, spending four years as a prisoner of war in Poland.

On his return in 1945 he was re-engaged at The Dell and spent seven seasons as understudy to Ian Black, Hugh Kelly, Fred Kiernan and John Christie, making 18 appearances in 1947-48, his most productive season for first team games. His last appearance of 52 came in September 1951 at Birmingham City and he joined non league Basingstoke Town in 1953 before retirement.

He later became a groundsman at the Dell between 1962 and his retirement in 1984.

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