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Friday, August 10, 2018

One Adam Stansfield

Adam Stansfield

Today is eight years since former Hereford United player Adam Stansfield passed away.

It's a case of gone but not forgotten for the striker, with the Adam Stansfield Foundation being set up in his name.

On their website, adamstansfieldfoundation.com, they say: "The unprecedented support following Adam’s death in August 2010, led to the creation of the Adam Stansfield Foundation.

:The site has been designed to recognise the aspects of Adam’s life, his football career and also raise awareness on bowel cancer related issues. The Foundation’s aim is to help give young people the unique opportunity to develop life skills, through the power of football and to assist them in their goals of living the dream. 

"The Foundation through this website also hopes to highlight and raise awareness of illnesses caused by bowel cancer. Please click on the menu options above to see what The Foundation does and how you can become a part of it.

"Living the Dream. Raising Money. Changing Lives."

Stansfield joined Hereford United from Yeovil Town in June 2004 and played for the Bulls in the following two seasons, his last appearance being in the Conference play-off final at the Walkers Stadium in May 2006 before he moved to Exeter.

"I think he has a decent record, and if we supply him with chances he is more than capable of finishing them off," said manager Graham Turner. 

"I think he will be an asset to us. He just impressed me at Yeovil. He scored goals, around 16 in 30 games, which is better than 1 in 2, but he was unfortunate in his second session when he broke his leg.

"He's got a bit of pace, and he is very, very mobile."

Ten years after his last game for Hereford, 20,000 Bulls fans joined in a minute's applause in the striker's name in the ninth minute of the FA Vase Final at Wembley. Nine being Stansfield's shirt number.

Hereford fans at Wembley

Exeter City, one of Stanno's former clubs, is now managed by Matt Taylor, a past team-mate. He's given a tribute to Devon Live on the eighth anniversary of his passing.

“Everyone says what a good bloke he was,” Taylor said. “He was a really good bloke, a family man and the most honest player I played with in terms of his attitude and effort for his team-mates and the club. He was just a lovely guy to be around to be honest with you.

“It was absolutely devastating when he passed away, it really was, and our thoughts are still with the family.

“It’s a long time since it happened, but you still think of the family and the children, we still have his lad (Jay) in the Academy and hopefully he can come through, but he was a top, top man, he really was.”