1. Stanley Matthews would stay there happily, forming famous wing partnerships with Stan Mortensen and Jackie Mudie, until his romantic and belated return to Stoke, in 1961.
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2. Stanley Matthews was born at Hanley in the Potteries, the son of a formidable boxer Jack Matthews, a formidable boxer known as "the Fighting Barber of Hanley".
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3. Stanley Matthews rejoined Stoke City in 1961, when they were near the bottom of the second division.
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8. Stanley Matthews was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his talents.
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12. Stanley Matthews stood down as manager in May 1968, and despite being owed £9,000 in salary and expenses, agreed to stay at Vale Park to continue his work with the youth team.
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17. Stanley Matthews was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1956 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the BBC Television Theatre.
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25. Stanley Matthews played 69 Wartime League and Cup games for Stoke, and made 87 guest appearances for Blackpool.
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26. Stanley Matthews played for England Schoolboys against Wales in 1929, in front of around 20,000 spectators at Dean Court, Bournemouth.
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27. Stanley Matthews was the third of four sons born to Jack Matthews, a local boxer who was known as the "Fighting Barber of Hanley".
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29. Stanley Matthews spent 19 years with Stoke City, playing for the Potters from 1932 to 1947, and again from 1961 to 1965.
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30. Stanley Matthews was an inaugural inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour his contribution to the English game.
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