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Jay Stansfield wears the No 9 shirt for Exeter City, just like his father Adam

Jay Stansfield wears the No 9 shirt for Exeter City, as does his father Adam, who died of cancer in 2010 aged 31, as a Fulham loanee makes 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 dying of colon cancer in 2010
  • Jay, 19, took the field amid emotional scenes at St James Park

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

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

He wore the same shirt number as his father, who died of colon cancer in 2010 at the age of just 31.

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

Jay was part of Exeter academy before signing for Fulham in August 2019. He returned to his youth club for a season and received a standing ovation when he replaced Sam Nombe in the 79th minute.

Jay Stansfield in the Exeter colors on Saturday

Jay's father Adam during his time in Exeter

Jay Stansfield (left) featured for Exeter City on Saturday after being loaned from Fulham – wearing the No 9 shirt like his father Adam (right) who died of cancer in 2010

Jay, 19, has taken over the No 9 shirt at Exeter - it was retired after his father died of cancer

Jay, 19, has taken over the No 9 shirt at Exeter – it was retired after his father died of cancer

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

“Seeing him in a number 9 shirt is incredible and brings back memories of the Exeter team I used to play for alongside his father.

“It’s a tragic story in which we were all involved.

“I know his family was here today and this is a big moment for them. It was one of those moments to be here and I could feel the excitement coming through the stadium.

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

Greece manager Matt Taylor welcomes Stansfield to the club after his loan from Fulham

Greece manager Matt Taylor welcomes Stansfield to the club after his loan from Fulham

Stansfield took center stage as Exeter beat MK Dons in League One on Saturday

Stansfield took center stage as Exeter beat MK Dons in League One on Saturday

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

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

“We’re going to give him all the love he needs and I can’t wait to see what he can do.”

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

In April 2010, during his fourth season at Exeter, Stansfield was diagnosed with a form of colon cancer.

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

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

The Greeks retired his number 9 shirt for nine seasons as a show of respect.

The No 9 Stansfield shirts could be seen in the crowd at St James Park on Saturday

The No 9 Stansfield shirts could be seen in the crowd at St James Park on Saturday

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