Exeter City forward has tragically died from bowel cancer aged 31. Stansfield was diagnosed with bowel cancer following a series of tests for an abdominal complaint in April, after being admitted to hospital in March. The former Yeovil and Hereford front man scored seven goals in 19 games for the Grecians last season.
The League one side issued this statement, after their defeat to Championship side Ipswich 3-2 at St. James Park last night: “It is with great sadness that Exeter City Football Club have to confirm the news that Adam Stansfield passed away this evening. Our thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this time.”
Exeter City has said it would open the Big Bank gates at St. James Park from 9:30am today for fans to pay their respects to the Tiverton-born forward. Stansfield joined Exeter on a free transfer in 2004 and made 150 first team appearances, scoring 39 goals. He will most fondly be remembered for scoring 2 goals on the final day of the 2006/07 season to secure Exeter’s promotion from the Conference back to the Football League.
The Exeter City forum, http://exeweb.com, contained messages of sadness and support for the striker, affectionately named Stanno. One member, named Herschel, said: “Oh dear god……..such a loss. R.I.P. Stanno, a true City Legend. Another called Grecian Lez wrote: “In tears, I say goodbye to a Grecian legend and may he rest in peace.”