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Stan Mortensen

Blackpool FC

25 caps, 23 goals

P 25 W 17 D 2 L 6 F 81: A 38
72% successful

1947-53

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
2250

Profile

Full name Stanley Harding Mortensen
Born 26 May 1921 in South Shields, county Durham [registered in South Shields, June 1921]. To Christopher Harding & Sarah Ellen (née Baker)
notes Stanley opened a shop in Blackpool, selling sports equipment. It was at 2A Nelson Road in the town. Telephone number 25828.
He is also found in the phone book from 1969 to 1972 at his home address of 79 Lytham Road, you could call him on Blackpool 46705.
Married to Jean Galloway [registered in Blackpool, December 1943].
Died 22 May 1991 in Blackpool, aged 69 years 360 days [registered in Blackpool & Fylde, May 1991]. His funeral was held at St John's Church, Blackpool, cremated at Carleton Crematorium, Carleton, Lancashire.
Height/Weight 5' 9½", 11st. 7lbs [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Biographies x
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Played local schools football and then an ex-schoolboys team based in South Shields. He joined Blackpool FC in April 1937 and guested for Aberdeen FC during WW2, as well as Bath City FC and Arsenal FC, where he scored 25 goals in nineteen wartime appearances. He returned to Blackpool FC to play the best football of his career, scoring 197 league goals in 317 league appearances. Signed for Hull City AFC in November 1955 for a £2000 transfer fee. Joined Southport FC in February 1957.  He announced his retirement on 28 April 1958, but still joined Bath City FC in July 1958, eventually retiring in May 1959.  He did however, come out of retirement in November 1960 and signed for Lancaster City FC, reaffirming his retirement in March 1962.
Club honours: FA Cup runners-up 1947-48, 1950-51, winners 1952-53;
Individual honours: Football League (five appearances);
Distinctions: Football League Highest Scorer 1950-51 (thirty goals);

Source: Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) Took over the managerial reigns at Blackpool FC from February 1967 until April 1969. Became the honorary vice-president of the club in October 1983.

England Career

Player number 667th player to appear for England
Position(s) Inside/centre-forward
First match No. 234, 25 May 1947, Portugal 0 England 10, an end-of-season tour at Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa, aged 25 years 364 days.
Last match No. 284, 25 November 1953, England 3 Hungary 6, a friendly match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 32 years 183 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950 (Scored England's first Finals goal);
British Championships 1947-48, 1948-49, 1949-50, 1950-51;
Team honours British Championships winners 1947-48, 1949-50;
Individual honours England wartime (two appearances), England B (one appearance)
Distinctions During a wartime international at Wembley in 1943, England allowed their reserve, Mortensen, to appear as a substitute for opponents Wales - because the Welsh had run out of players.
Stanley could have played for Norway, his grandfather, Hans, was born in Norway, before moving to South Shields.

Beyond England

As a wireless operator in the RAF, Mortensen narrowly escaped death in a wartime plane crash. He suffered head injuries in the accident, in which the pilot and bomb aimer were both killed and the navigator lost a leg. After he retired from football, he ran a sports shop in Blackpool. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.181.

 

Stan Mortensen - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
27+ 25 13 25 0 0 2250 23 98 min 9 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Stan Mortensen - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 10 5 2 3 30 23 +7 0 2 3.00 2.30 60.0 +2
Away 12 11 0 1 49 13 +36 0 5 4.083 1.083 91.7 +10
Neutral 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
All 25 17 2 6 81 38 +43 3 9 3.24 1.52 72.0 +11

 

Stan Mortensen - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 23 16 2 5 79 36 +43 2 9 3.435 1.565 73.9 +11
Blue 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
Red 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 25 17 2 6 81 38 +43 3 9 3.24 1.52 72.0 +11

 

Stan Mortensen - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
WCF 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
World Cup 6 4 0 2 16 5 +11 3 2 2.667 0.833 66.7 +2
British Championship 10 7 1 2 31 11 +20 0 4 3.10 1.10 75.0 +5

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 12 9 1 2 48 23 +25 0 3 4.00 1.917 79.2 +7
All 25 17 2 6 81 38 +43 3 9 3.24 1.52 72.0 +11

 

Stan Mortensen - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1949-50 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
All 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
All 3 1 0 2 2 2 =0 2 1 0.667 0.667 33.3 -1
World Cup Preliminary and Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1949-50 6 4 0 2 16 5 +11 3 2 2.667 0.833 66.7 +2
All 6 4 0 2 16 5 +11 3 2 2.667 0.833 66.7 +2
British Championships
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1947-48 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1948-49 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 0 1 2.667 1.667 66.7 +1
BC/WCP 1949-50 3 3 0 0 14 3 +11 0 1 4.667 1.00 100.0 +3
BC 1950-51 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1
All 10 7 1 2 31 11 +20 0 4 3.10 1.10 75.0 +5
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 6 4 0 2 16 5 +11 3 2 2.667 0.833 66.7 +2
BC 10 7 1 2 31 11 +20 0 4 3.10 1.10 75.0 +5

Note that the 1949-50 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 13 8 1 4 33 13 +20 3 5 2.538 1.00 65.4 +4

 

Stan Mortensen - Match History
 Club: Blackpool F.C. - 25 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 25 full capsx

Age 25
- 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich Tour AL squad
1 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa AW Start
8
Age 26
2 235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 8
3 236 18 October 1947 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 8
4 237 5 November 1947 - England 2 Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool HD Start 8
5 238 19 November 1947 - England 4 Sweden 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start
8
6 239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Start 8
7 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino Fr AW Start 8
Age 27
8 242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start
8
9 243 10 November 1948 - England 1 Wales 0, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham HW Start 8
10 245 9 April 1949 - England 1 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HL Start 8
11 246 13 May 1949 - Sweden 3 England 1, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Tour AL Start 8
12 247 18 May 1949 - Norway 1 England 4, Ullevål Stadion, Ullevål, Oslo AW Start 9
- 248 22 May 1949 - France 1 England 3, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris AW squad
Age 28
13 250 15 October 1949 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Start 8
14 251 16 November 1949 - England 9 Ireland 2, Maine Road, Manchester HW Start 8
15 252 30 November 1949 - England 2 Italy 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London Fr HW Start 8
16 253 15 April 1950 - Scotland 0 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Start 9
17 254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa Tour AW Start 8
18 255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles AW Start 8
Age 29
19 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro WCF NW Start 10
20 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais NL Start 10
21 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro NL Start 8
22 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Start 9
23 263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 8
Age 30
24 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 8
25 284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL Start 9

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