The Quiet man
1963 - 1976
398, 50 goals


Stanton joined Hibs from Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic in 1963 and made his debut for the club against Motherwell in October that year. He quickly established himself in the first team, playing in defence or midfield. He is the great great nephew of Michael Whelahan, one of the club's founders and first captain.

He featured in the club's victories over Barcelona, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Sporting Lisbon in the 1960s and 1970s. Stanton captained Hibs to their 1972 League Cup win and also led them in their centenary year, but left the club in 1976 when he was transferred to Celtic in a swap deal that took Jackie McNamara, to Hibs. It was at the Glasgow club that he completed his medals collection, winning the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League championship.

Stanton won 16 caps for Scotland between 1966 and 1974, captaining the side three times.

He got his start in management when Alex Ferguson made him his assistant at Aberdeen. After learning the ropes there he was appointed manager at Cowdenbeath, then Dunfermline Athletic, before he returned to Hibs in 1982. His spell in the manager's chair at Easter Road was unsuccessful and he resigned in 1984.

Stanton now works with Hibs as a host at Easter Road on match days.

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