Exeter City and Yeovil Town have confirmed they will mark the fifth anniversary of former striker Adam Stansfield’s death when they meet on the first day of the League Two season.

Stansfield, who spent three years with Yeovil and four seasons with Exeter,

died from bowel cancer aged 31

.

The sides meet on 8 August, two days before the anniversary of his death.

“The anniversary of his passing gives us the opportunity to celebrate his life,”

City chairman Julian Tagg said. 

“Everyone involved in the club is still deeply saddened by Adam’s death, and no amount of time will change that. It is particularly poignant that we should be playing Yeovil on the opening day.”

Adam Stansfield (left)

Stansfield (left) started his professional career at Yeovil and also played for Hereford

There is set to be a minute’s applause at St James Park in the seventh and ninth minutes of the match.

Stansfield wore the number seven shirt for the Devon club and was given the number nine jersey during his time at Huish Park.

The Tiverton-born forward, nicknamed ‘Stanno’, made more than 150 first-team appearances for Exeter, scoring 39 goals.

“Adam will never be forgotten by Town fans who had the pleasure of seeing him play,” Yeovil chairman

John Fry told the club website. 

“To him it was all about the jersey, the badge of honour, the history, the club, his team-mates and the fans. Only a moment he stayed, but what an imprint his short time at Huish Park left on our memories and in our hearts.”