Turned down by Boro as a youngster, Horden-born Anderson instead trained as a plumber.
But his talent shone in non-league games and he was soon snapped up by Sunderland, where he won four England caps, before being sold to neighbours Newcastle in a shock £30,000 move in 1963.
Just two years later, after captaining United to the second division championship, he was allowed to join Boro as the club's first ever player-coach.
He became the first player to skipper all three North East clubs as Boro battled relegation to the third division under Raich Carter.
He was chosen to succeed Carter but it was too late to save Boro from the drop.
He led Boro to promotion in his first season, but despite coming agonisingly close was unable to guide the club back from the wilderness into Division One.
In January 1973 he resigned, despite attempts by the boards to talk him out of it, saying he was not the man for the job. Once again Harold Shepherdson stepped into the breach as caretaker.
It was not the end of Anderson's management career and he went on to coach AEK Athens, Panathinaikos, QPR, Doncaster and Bolton.
Sadly, Stan passed away in June 2018.