31 Facts About Stanley Matthews

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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4. In 1965, Stanley Matthews became a grandfather after Jean gave birth to a son, Matthew Gough.

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5. Stanley Matthews never translated his success into the senior game, though, and instead moved to the United States to run the Four Seasons Racquet Club in Wilton, Connecticut.

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6. Stanley Matthews became Wimbledon Boys' Champion in 1962, making him the last English player to do so.

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7. Stanley Matthews was inducted into the Stoke-on-Trent Hall of Fame when it was opened in January 2011.

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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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9. Stanley Matthews was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.

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10. Stanley Matthews died on 23 February 2000, aged 85, after falling ill while on holiday in Tenerife.

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11. Stanley Matthews gave up his summers every year between 1953 and 1978 to coach poor children in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania.

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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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13. Stanley Matthews was forced to use his name to plead with the other Football League clubs to re-elect the Vale, which they duly did.

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14. Stanley Matthews concentrated his search in North East England and Central Scotland, where he discovered talented striker Mick Cullerton, though overlooked a teenage Ray Kennedy.

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15. Stanley Matthews was appointed general manager at Stoke's rivals Port Vale in July 1965, alongside good friend Jackie Mudie; Matthews was unpaid, though was given expenses.

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16. Stanley Matthews was an intelligent player, who knew how to pass the ball".

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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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18. On 15 May 1957, Stanley Matthews became the oldest player ever to represent England, when at 42 years and 104 days old he turned out for the victory over the Danes in Copenhagen.

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19. Stanley Matthews blamed the FA and the selectors for the heavy loss, though he had great admiration for the Hungarians, particularly Ferenc Puskas.

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20. Stanley Matthews would have to wait until 17 April 1937 for another chance in an England shirt, when he was selected to play in front of 149,000 spectators against the auld enemy at Scotland's Hampden Park.

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21. Stanley Matthews was jeered by England supporters and condemned by the press.

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22. Stanley Matthews always credited the team and especially Mortensen for the victory, and never accepted the nickname of the "Matthews Final".

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23. On 23 April 1948, the eve of the final, Stanley Matthews won the inaugural Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

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24. Stanley Matthews put in a second transfer request, which the Stoke board eventually accepted.

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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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28. Stanley Matthews was born on 1 February 1915 in a terraced house in Seymour Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

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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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31. Stanley Matthews was the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division and the oldest player ever to represent the country.

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