Date: 15th August 2012 at 9:46am
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The ‘Where Are They Now?’ series continues with Peverell Green taking a look at the career of former Argyle striker Gordon Staniforth.

Gordon Staniforth – Born 23rd March 1957, Kingston upon Hull.

Gordon started his footballing career as an apprentice with Hull City after representing England at schoolboy level. He signed a professional contract with them in April 1974, making his first team debut in the same month against Swindon.
He remained at Hull for a further season and a half making 12 appearances and scoring 2 goals.

He was loaned out to York City for a month in 1976 and signed for them permanently at the end of the loan period for a fee of £7,500. He played 128 games scoring 33 goals; his goal scoring earned him the ‘Clubman of the Year’ award in consecutive seasons becoming the first York player to do so.
His goal scoring didn’t go unnoticed and in 1979 he moved to Carlisle for a fee of £120,000, an almost identical goal to appearances ratio resulted with Gordon scoring 33 goals in 126 games.

A move to the South West came in 1983 when he joined Argyle in a player exchange, with Mike McCartney and £5,000 moving up north. During a recent interview he was quoted as saying that the highlight of his long career was reaching the FA Cup Semi Final while at the Plymouth Argyle. Who can forget Gordon hitting both goal posts with the same shot in the Quarter Final game against Derby?
In just over two seasons he made 91 appearances and scored 19 goals.

In August 1985 he moved to Newport County, then a league club, again in a player exchange, with Steve Cooper and £15,000 coming to Home Park. While at Newport he continued to score goals adding another 13 to his total, these were scored in 87 appearances.

In October 1987 he returned to York on non-contract terms where he ended his professional career, playing another 19 games and scoring one goal. That one goal moved him to a total of 101 league goals moving him into quite a select club.

He finally gave up playing after a season with North Ferriby United. This wasn`t the end of his involvement with football however; he worked as a Community Officer at York from 1989 to 1996, while there he became a North Regional coach for the Professional Footballers Association.
A return to professional football came in October 1997 when he was appointed youth coach at Leeds United, unfortunately this didn’t prove to be long lasting and he left the club in May 1998, completing only seven months of a three year contract.

Gordon is currently working as co-ordinator at York College’s Football Development Centre and is a qualified FA Senior Coach.

In addition to spending his whole working life in football related jobs his children also followed him into football.
His son Tom, was a professional footballer with Sheffield Wednesday, he never played a competitive league game but was a first team substitute on six occasions.
Unfortunately Tom was unable to emulate his father’s goal scoring exploits when in 2001 he collapsed in the street in York and never recovered.
Since his son’s death Gordon has been actively involved with anti-drug campaigning.

Lucy Staniforth is also a footballer, playing in the FA WSL for Lincoln Ladies.
She has represented England at under- 17 and under- 19 level and featured in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
At Lincoln Ladies Lucy wears number 37 on her shirt, her brother’s old Sheffield Wednesday squad number.