“Derek Stonehouse, the 18-year-old former Redcar Boys Club centre half who captained England in their recent youth international against Ireland at Liverpool – which England won 5-2 – played for Redcar for two and a half seasons and was in the side which contained quite a few boys who can now hold promise of a football career”Cleveland Standard, 11th May 1951
The Cleveland Standard saw Derek Stonehouse’s potential for a football career back when he was a teenager playing for Redcar Boys Club. He signed for Middlesbrough as an 18 year old, earning a call-up to England’s youth squad where he had the honour of captaining his country. He played for Boro for 12 years, making 188 league and cup appearances. Stonehouse played two seasons for Hartlepool, ending his career in 1965.
Stonehouse never scored a senior professional goal, and while his defensive capabilities more than made up for it, he also played alongside some of the country’s top forwards. At Redcar Boys Club, he was in the same squad as future England international Bobby Smith. Smith won the First Division, FA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup with Tottenham Hotspur, and is still one of their highest ever goalscorers. When he moved to Boro, Stonehouse found himself playing alongside Brian Clough. More known for his managerial exploits now, Clough scored 267 goals in only 296 appearances.