Jim Stannard is a former English goalkeeper who was born in Harold Hill on October 6th 1962. Stannard began his career at non-league outfit Ford United before signing with Fulham in 1980. He managed just 41 appearances over five years, and also had loan spells at Southend and Charlton in that period. In 1985 he signed a permanent deal with Southend, where he kept goal over 100 times over two years. Stannard returned to Fulham in 1987, and remained the Cottagers number one keeper for 8 years. In 1995 he signed for Gillingham. Stannard was initially first choice under the management of Tony Pulis, helping the club to a 2nd place finish in 1995/96. He lost his place in the side in 1998 following the arrival of Vince Bartram however. Stannard's final professional game came on 21st November 1998 as Gillingham drew 0-0 at Manchester City. He was forced to retire in 1999 due to injury.
After hanging up his gloves, Stannard worked as a goalkeeping coach for Gillingham and Brentford. He also had a short spell as manager of non-league side Redbridge in 2005. In 2007 he returned to the Priestfield Stadium to take up a coaching role again. The following year he joined Palace, where he remained until 2010 when the club's financial position meant a number of staff were made redundant. He went back to Gillingham yet again during 2010/11, before becoming Southampton's goalkeeping coach in the summer of 2011. Stannard joined Vince Bartram, who also works at St Marys in a coaching capacity.