Jim Stannard

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Jim Stannard
Personal information
Full name James David Stannard
Date of birth (1962-10-06) 6 October 1962 (age 57)
Place of birth Harold Hill, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bromley (goalkeeper coach)
Youth career
Ford United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Fulham[1] 41 (0)
1984Southend United (loan)[1] 6 (0)
1985Charlton Athletic (loan)[1] 1 (0)
1985–1987 Southend United[2] 109 (0)
1987–1995 Fulham[1] 348 (1)
1995–1999 Gillingham[3] 104 (0)
2003 Brentford 0 (0)
Total 609 (1)
Teams managed
2005 Redbridge
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James David Stannard (born 6 October 1962) is an English retired football goalkeeper. Whilst playing for Gillingham he set a record for the lowest number of goals conceded in a 46-match season in the Football League, when he let in just 20 goals in the 1995–96 season. Until 18 January 2013, he was first-team goalkeeping coach at Southampton. Stannard is currently the first team goalkeeper coach for Bromley.

Playing career[edit]

Having previously played for non-league Ford United (now Redbridge), Stannard began his professional career with Fulham making his debut against Swindon Town in 1981 (keeping a clean sheet), but managed only 41 Football League appearances for the Craven Cottage club in his first five years, during which he was loaned out to Southend United and Charlton Athletic. In 1985 Southend signed him on a permanent basis and he made over 100 appearances before being sold back to Fulham in 1987.[1]

For the next eight years he was Fulham's first-choice keeper. He was affectionately known by Fulham supporters as "He's fat, he's round, he's worth a million pounds" or "He's fat, he's round, he can't get off the ground". But Stannard never played against many top English teams as his term was during a time when Fulham were in the lower divisions of the Football League. In 1995 manager Tony Pulis made him one of his first signings for Gillingham and, despite the fans' initial reservations about his age and burly build,[4] Stannard proved instrumental in the Kent club's promotion from Division Three as he let in just 20 goals all season, a record for a 46-match league season. He also kept 29 clean sheets.[3] Stannard retired in 1999, but came out of retirement to sign for Division Two side Brentford on a non-contract basis in 2003,[5] backing up Alan Julian for two matches during the early months of the 2003–04 season.[6]

Coaching career[edit]

Stannard was forced to retire in 1999 due to injury and later served as goalkeeping coach at Gillingham and Brentford.[3] In January 2005 he was appointed manager of non-league Redbridge,[7] the club where he had started his career in 1980, but his reign only lasted until October of the same year.[8] It was announced in July 2007 that he had returned to Gillingham as goalkeeping coach on a part-time basis.[9] Stannard later served as goalkeeping coach for Crystal Palace[10] from January 2008, until he was made redundant in May 2010. After this, he again returned to Gillingham on a part-time basis.

Stannard left Gillingham to join Championship club Southampton at the start of the 2011–12 season as first team goalkeeping coach. He was dismissed, along with manager Nigel Adkins, on 18 January 2013.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Fulham all-time players' records
  2. ^ Southend United all-time players' records
  3. ^ a b c Triggs, Roger (2001). The Men Who Made Gillingham Football Club. Tempus Publishing Ltd. p. 306. ISBN 0-7524-2243-X.
  4. ^ "Past Players section of official Gillingham website". Gillingham F.C. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | STANNARD ANSWERS CALL". world.brentfordfc.co.uk. 29 August 2003. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Jim Stannard Player Profile – ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  7. ^ Redbridge website
  8. ^ Harrow Borough website Archived 30 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ BBC
  10. ^ "Palace sign Serrant and Stannard – but Bruns departs". Crystal Palace F.C. 20 November 2007. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  11. ^ Winter, Henry (18 January 2013). "Nigel Adkins stabbed in the back by Southampton as Argentina Mauricio Pochettino steps in as manager". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  12. ^ Szczepanik, Nick (20 January 2013). "Saints fans protest with white hankies to greet Mauricio Pochettino". The Independent. Retrieved 20 January 2013.