Sir Stanley Matthews
Born: 1st February 1915, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Died: 23rd February 2000, Stoke-on-Trent aged 85
Positions whilst with England: Outside Right &
- "The Wizard of Dribble" is arguably one of the best players this country has ever produced. Winner of the Football Writer's Association Award in 1948 and 1963 along with European Footballer of the year in 1956.
His longevity in the game is world famous. Matthew's signed professionally for Stoke on his 17th birthday and spent 14 years with the Potters before signing for Blackpool at 32 years of age where he spent another 14 years. He re-signed with Stoke at the ripe old age of 46 and finally retired at 50 years old in 1965. Not before he was knighted for services to football earlier that year, becoming, and still, the only knighted footballer whilst still playing.
At 19 years and 239 days he is one of the youngest England players and at 42 years and 102 days the oldest. His England career spans a staggering 22 years and 227 days. Sadly, because of the outbreak of the Second World War he only managed to be capped 54 times although he did play in nearly 30 unofficial wartime internationals.
He was an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
- An English Football Internationals' Who's Who by Douglas Lamming (Hutton Press 1990)
- England's Who's Who by Tony Matthews (Pitch Publishing 2013)