Now into his late 70s and living in Doncaster, Anderson – who, like Allison, was regarded as a player well ahead of his time – has told the story of his amazing career with characteristic honesty and wry humour in an entertaining and informative autobiography in which he lifts the lid on his brief spell at Burnden Park. (Gordon Sharrock)
remarkable new autobiography.. an enjoyable trawl through a pretty special career. Compiled partly from notes and diaries he kept during his time in the game, it is an exhaustive account of a proper football man. Newcastle, Sunderland and Boro were the three loves of his life, but he also managed Bolton, Doncaster, QPR and Greek giants AEK Athens – and his move into management makes a fascinating final few chapters. (Mark Douglas)
Good enough to win two England caps and be a member of the England squad for the 1962 World Cup finals in Chile, Stan played in the same Sunderland team as Len Shackleton, another star to turn out for Newcastle and Sunderland, Brian Clough and Ron Revie, two men who made an indelible mark on football management. Stan chose that route, too, replacing another Sunderland legend, Raich Carter, as manager of Middlesbrough in April 1966 before he, too, was succeeded by another illustrious son of the north east in Jack Charlton. Stan then moved further afield, spending a year Greek football, managing AEK Athens, before returning briefly to Queens Park Rangers and then back north to Doncaster. He stayed for three years before joining Bolton Wanderers, giving up management in 1981 to care for his wife Marjorie. The book is full of fascinating stories of an era when players still suffered under a maximum wage and a feudal system that tied them to their clubs. Stan tells how Sunderland twice tried to stop him collecting what he was due.