Challis, Stanley

Birth Date

22nd April 1918

Birthplace

Lympstone

Occupation

Winger

Biographical Text

Challis was just one of many players, whose career was put on hold for the duration of the Second World War.

He had been playing for his Battalion team when serving with them abroad, and when he returned to this country played several matches for Crystal Palace.

The winger signed for Exeter City in July 1945, and lined up for the first time in a Grecians shirt in a 5-3 win at Aldershot in a Division Three South (South of the Thames) League fixture, scoring one of the goals.

He went on to make 16 appearances in that competition, scoring 8 goals, including a ‘double’ against Brighton and Hove Albion in December 1945.

Much was expected of Challis when he made his Football League debut proper for the Grecians in a goalless Third Division South fixture at St James’ Park against Ipswich Town.

However, Challis was to feature in only three more league games, against Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City and Walsall respectively.

In the latter game, the final match of the season, he netted from the penalty spot in the 2-1 defeat at Fellows Park, but this was to prove to be his last match for City.

After two seasons with Exeter City he signed for Barnstaple Town in December 1949, moving on to Minehead in the summer of 1950.

He later played for Torrington and Lympstone. . Challis died on 16th October 2008 at the age of 90.

Appearances

4

Goals

1

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