Sir Stanley Matthews, the first greatest footballer in the history.

Sir Stanley  Matthews, the first greatest footballer in the history.

Sir Stanley Mathews was the first Professional footballer to be knighted; he is the most renowned player of all times. Stanley is known as “The Wizard of Dribble”. Sir Stan’s played 33 years as a professional footballer. When Stanley retired in 1965, he made nearly 700 League appearances for Stoke City and Blackpoll He was also capped for England 84 times, including two appearances for Great Britain. Sir Stanley had a great sense of balanced and timing. His sudden burst of speed over 20 yards or so was one of the wonders of the game, and earned him his nickname of “The wizard of Dribble” His passing was so accurate and extraordinary and he was not so much a scorer as creator of goals for others. Stanley was exemplary and he was never booked in his career. He was often referred to as “the first gentleman of soccer.” It was said Matthews’s presence in a team could add 10,000 to away gates.

Stanley Mathews was born on February 1, 1915, at Seymour Street, Hanley in Stoke – on- Trent. He was the son of a professional boxer “Jack Matthews” Stanley joined Stoke Straight from school at the age of 14. In 1932, he became a full time professional player. And two years latter Stanley of England in A full international for the first time.In 1947, after war service in the RAF, he left the City Stoke, and joined Blackpoll football Club. When he stayed for 14 years. Stanley Matthews final was during the period with Seaside’s that Stanley achieved his greatest victory in the 1953 FA Cup final. It became the known as the “The Matthews Cup Final of 1953”, paving the way for Blackpoll’s last minute victory against Bolton Wanders. In 1956, the first- ever. European Footballer for the Year Award ceremony was held, and, almost inevitably, it was Stanley who received the tribute.  Sir Stanley Played his last international “against Scotland “In 1957, and in the same year was made a CBE. Mathews rejoined the Stoke City in 1961, when they were near the bottom of the Second Division. The team was transformed, gates rose from 9,000 to 36,000 and the following year they were promoted. Stanley was enlightened in 1965, and played his last game in the same year, five days after his birthday. It was astonishing to think that the man only won one major medal, in that famous 1953 FA Cup Final.

After covering his long distance of the life Sir Stanley died on February 23, 2000 at the age of 85. Many Foot baling legends attend his funeral, and it is estimated that 10,000 people stood in tribute as his funeral processional passed through the city. Stanley buried under the center circle of the “Britannia Stadium” and Statue shows different stages of his career was put up in his honor outside the ground. Sir Stanley was included in the “English Football Hall of Fame “in 2002.





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