A goalkeeper at the club in the post-war years, Stan Markham had the unfortunate job of under-studying Ted Ditchburn, who rarely missed a game and went on to set a club record for consecutive appearances.
Playing over 100 games
for the teams below the senior side, Stan only got one
look in and that was only in a memorial match for Fred
Stan was a good keeper at school and was chosen to play for Bermondsey District Schoolboys. Later, after leaving school, he played football for the Army in his three years service as a Grenadier Guard.
Spurs had an eye on him
and Markham signed amateur forms in May 1947, being
offered professional terms four months later. To
be closer to the club, he moved from Westminster to a
house the club owned in Chingford.
The goalie's only first team appearance was in the Fred Sargent memorial match against Chelmsford City on 20th September 1948. As a club man, his dedication cannot be questioned, as he played 47 Reserve games and 57 'A' Team matches, being a member of the team that won the Eastern Counties League Cup (1948-49) and the Eastern Counties League Championship and the East Anglian Cup in 1949-50.
Stan suffered a wrist injury that ruled him out of the 1951-52 season and ended his time with Tottenham. He was released to join Wisbech Town, where he stayed for the 1952-53 season and this was followed by a move to Canterbury City. In 1956 Stan started working for Crawley Town working in various roles including reserve team manager, manager, general manager, scout and Secretary. He was Club Secretary for nigh on 30 years until he retired in 1997. After that, he still retained an association with the club having been appointed vice president and still helped out early in 2002.
With his family, Stan used to attend Spurs matches until 1996, travelling up from Crawley, where he had settled.
Stan Markham died at St. George's Hospital, Tooting on 5th August 2003.
A Spurs XI were playing a
pre-season friendly match at Crawley Town the following
evening and there was an immaculate one minute's silence
observed for the man who served both clubs so well.
Stan had been married to Alma, and his family consisted of daughters Vivien and Sarah, son Rod plus five grandchildren.
His funeral took place at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley on Tuesday 26th August 2003 at 11:15 a.m.