Stan Milburn was brought to the Rec by his brother George in January 1947, pinched from under the noses of Newcastle United, and repaid George's faith in him by taking his first-team place. The Spireites had to pay Ashington £1000 for him, but he became a key member of what was often rated as the finest defence in the Second Division at the time and was rewarded with a place on the 1950 FA tour of Canada and two England 'B' caps, enjoying an almost unbroken run in the Chesterfield team until being displaced by Tommy Flockett halfway through the club's first season back in the Third (North).
Stan was the youngest of the four Milburn brothers and was the most outwardly stylish of the two on Chesterfield's books, and still had a lot to offer the game when Leicester reacted to Stan's dropping and subsequent transfer request by shelling out £10,000 for him in March 1952. Having earned a benefit at Saltergate, he was given another at Filbert Street, and a third at Spotland, where his Rochdale career continued almost until his fortieth year and included an appearance in the Football League Cup final.
Stan has a unique place in football history, in that he and Leicester's Jack Froggatt are officially recorded as 'sharing one own goal'. They became involved in a misunderstanding while defending a Chelsea attack in December '54, and simultaneously booted the ball into their own net. After football, he became a warehouseman and settled in the Rochdale area. In 2002 Stan happily accepted an invitation to the opening of the Chesterfield Museum's CFC exhibition, taking the opportunity to reminisce with old friends at the club for whom he clearly felt a great deal of affection.
Stan sadly passed away in July 2010 at the age of 83. Thanks to the fact that the 1950 FA Charity Shield was contested between an England XI and the FA’s 1950 Canadian touring side, Stan remains the only Chesterfield player to appear in the Charity Shield while on the club’s books.
For Chesterfield: 179 Football League appearances.