Jay Stansfield wears the No.9 shirt for Exeter City, as does his father Adam

Jay Stansfield wears the No.9 shirt for Exeter City, as does his father Adam – who died of cancer aged 31 in 2010 – as Fulham Loanee make an emotional return to his boyhood club

  • Jay Stansfield joined League One Exeter City on loan from Fulham last week
  • His father Adam played for the Greeks before he died of colon cancer in 2010
  • Jay, 19, took to the pitch amid emotional scenes at St James Park

Jay Stansfield wore the No.9 shirt like his late father Adam in emotional scenes at Exeter City on Saturday afternoon.

The 19-year-old Fulham loanee came off the bench in the Greeks’ 1-0 win over MK Dons in League One at St James Park.

He wore the same shirt number as his father, who died aged just 31 of bowel cancer in 2010.

Adam Stansfield, also a striker, scored 39 times in 160 games for the Devon club in the four seasons before his death.

Jay was part of Exeter’s academy before signing for Fulham in August 2019. He returned to his boyhood club on a season-long loan and received a standing ovation when he replaced Sam Nombe at the 79th minute.

Jay's father, Adam, while at Exeter

Jay Stansfield (left) took the field for Exeter City on Saturday after signing on loan from Fulham – he wore the No 9 shirt like his father Adam (right), who died of cancer in 2010

Jay, 19, took the No.9 shirt at Exeter - it was retired after his father died of cancer

Jay, 19, took the No.9 shirt at Exeter – it was retired after his father died of cancer

“I’m never an emotional person, but that’s where you start to choke up a bit,” said Exeter manager Matt Taylor.

“To see him in a No.9 shirt is amazing and reminds me of the Exeter team I played in alongside his dad.

“It’s a tragic story that we’ve all been part of.

“I know his family was here today and it’s a great moment for them. It was one of those times to be here and I could feel the buzz coming to the stadium.

“Jay is outstanding and had a really positive impact on the game.

Greeks manager Matt Taylor welcomes Stansfield to club after loan from Fulham

Greeks manager Matt Taylor welcomes Stansfield to club after loan from Fulham

Stansfield was the center of attention as Exeter beat MK Dons in League 1 on Saturday

Stansfield was the center of attention as Exeter beat MK Dons in League 1 on Saturday

Jay greets his family members after his late appearance as a substitute in Saturday's game

Jay greets his family members after his late appearance as a substitute in Saturday’s game

“We’ll be giving all the love he needs and I can’t wait to see what he can do.”

Cheick Diabate headed Exeter’s winning goal after 66 minutes.

It was in April 2010, during his fourth season with Exeter, that Stansfield was diagnosed with a form of colorectal cancer.

He underwent surgery to remove part of his colon and even joined the Exeter squad for pre-season training that summer despite the effects of chemotherapy.

However, his condition rapidly deteriorated and Stansfield died on August 10.

The Greeks retired his No.9 shirt for nine seasons as a mark of respect.

Stansfield No 9 shirts featured prominently in the crowd at St James Park on Saturday

Stansfield No 9 shirts featured prominently in the crowd at St James Park on Saturday

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