Stan Montgomery, a professional footballer, played county cricket for Glamorgan between 1949 and 1953. The tall right-handed batter had been on Essex’s staff after the Second World War, but apart from playing in a two-day friendly against Cambridge University he never played for the 1st XI.
Everything changed following a move to South Wales at the end of the 1947/48 season after Stan had agreed terms with Cardiff City FC.
He joined Barry Athletic CC and soon drew the attention of Glamorgan’s talent scouts and during July 1949 he made his Glamorgan debut against Derbyshire at the Arms Park in 1949. Later that season, he shared in what is still a club record fifth wicket partnership, adding 264 with Maurice Robinson against Hampshire at Bournemouth, with Stan scoring his maiden Championship hundred.
During his career as a professional footballer, Stan also played as a centre-half for Hull FC, Southend United FC and Newport County FC, before having a short spell with Llanelli FC and then becoming a coach at Norwich FC. He fulfilled similar roles at Cardiff City FC and Cardiff University, besides coaching at Bradfield School.
MONTGOMERY, Stanley William
Born – West Ham, 7th July 1920.
Died – Cardiff, 5th October 2000.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 117 v Hampshire at Bournemouth, 1949; 3/29 v Hampshire at Bournemouth, 1952.