The past few weeks on this blog have largely been dedicated to previewing the new season. Supporters up and down the country have been waiting in anticipation for the new season to start, and the opening round of matches, plus tonight’s League Cup ties, have left everyone with much to digest (even if, in my case, I’d really rather not). Some things put football in perspective, though, and tonight’s tragic news that 31-year-old former Yeovil, Hereford and Exeter striker Adam Stansfield had lost his battle with cancer certainly does that.
Stansfield spent most of his career outside the Football League, and was one of the Conference’s top strikers
in the first part of the 2000s. His 19 league goals for Hereford in their 2004-5 promotion season are particularly of note, whilst 11 strikes in Exeter’s successful 2007-8 campaign were equally important. Stansfield’s 6 goals from 21 games in the Grecians’ debut League 2 campaign in 2007-8 showed his ability to step up to the higher level. Known particularly for his work rate, Stansfield was a popular player who was a valuable member of the teams he represented. 31 is too young to die by anybody’s standards and is a reminder that time is not something to be taken for granted.
RIP Adam Stansfield; the football community will miss you and thanks you for your contribution to the game we all love. Our thoughts are with your family and friends.