Hurst, Stan

Birth Date

21st June 1911


Newton St. Cyres, Devon



Biographical Text

Remembered for his fourteen goals in 1933/34, and as the scorer of the goal when Exeter City defeated Torquay United to win the Division Three (South) Cup that season, locally-born Stan Hurst played for Exeter City between 1932 and 1936. He joined the club from Tipton St John and later played for Watford, Brighton and Aldershot before returning to play an active role with Crediton United for many years.

Working as a railway porter at Tipton St John station and playing for the village club, Stan was given a chance to shine for the Exeter City reserve team towards the end of the 1931/32 season. He had earlier appeared for Jackson’s United (Crediton) and Newton Poppleford.

Stan made his Football League debut, whilst still registered as an amateur, in the game against Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic in October 1932. Playing in eight league games during 1932/33, he was given a professional contract and really established himself as a first-team in 1933/34 with 14 goals in 34 league games which made him the club's topscorer in the league. Remaining at Exeter City until 1936, he had the honour of scoring the club’s 1,000th league goal against Brighton and Hove Albion in February 1936.

Stan was also fondly remembered for scoring the winner when City beat Torquay United 1-0 to win the Division Three South Cup at Home Park, Plymouth on 2 May 1934.  

Spending a season with Watford in 1936/37, he scored 12 goals in 29 league outings before having two seasons with Brighton and Hove Albion for whom he netted 11 goals in 33 league games. Stan's final league club was Aldershot in the abandoned 1939/40 season prior to turning out for Reading in wartime football.  

Stan returned to Devon after the war and played for Crediton United in 1947/48 before becoming chairman during which time he was banned from football sine die after a cup defeat in the 1950s ended in disorder. 

An appreciation of Stan’s career appeared in the Exeter City programme on the centenary of his birth and can be found elsewhere on the archive.






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