Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Applause For Stansfield At Wembley?

Adam Stansfield

Hereford supporters who went to Wembley for the FA Vase final in 2016 will surely remember the applause given in memory of former player Adam Stansfield who died of bowel cancer at the age of just 31.

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.


Ian Entwisle is hopeful that a similar gesture can be made on Saturday week at the FA Trophy final.

'As you are know on May 22nd Hereford FC play at the home of football.
One player who would surely relished the chance of being part of such a momentous day would have been Adam Stansfield.
Adam was one of those players who Hereford fans took to from day one.
His winning smile and great footballing ability made him hugely popular and he was one of the star players on the unforgettable day at Leicester in 2006 that saw Hereford United return to the Football League.
As many of you will know Adam fought an incredibly brave battle against cancer and when he passed away his loss was felt deeply, not just by his family and the clubs he played for, but also the wider football community.
At his funeral his widow Marie had the idea of setting up the Adam Stansfield Foundation which strives to promote awareness of bowel cancer.
As a mark of the affection he was held in by Bulls fans you're invited to
remember and celebrate Adam's life by participating in one minutes applause for the ninth minutes of the Trophy final. Adam wore the number nine shirt for Hereford United with huge pride.
This gesture would seem like a fitting tribute to the man who gave so many people so much pleasure, always played with a smile on his face and was taken from us far too soon.'