Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE was an English footballer who played as an outside right. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing football, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards. Matthews' nicknames included "The Wizard of the Dribble" and "The Magician". Matthews kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old. Matthews was also the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division and the oldest player ever to represent the country. He was also an inaugural inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 to honour his contribution to the English game. He spent 19 years with Stoke City, playing for the Potters from 1932 to 1947, and again from 1961 to 1965. He helped Stoke to the Second Division title in 1932–33 and 1962–63.
About Stanley Matthews
English winger who starred for the English national team from 1934 to 1957 and spent his club career with Stoke City and Blackpool. He was named FWA Footballer of the Year in 1948 and 1963 and European Foootballer of the Year in 1956.
He started as an office boy for Stoke City with a wage of one pound per week, before joining the team.
He became the first soccer player to receive a knighthood in 1965.
He ran a hotel with his wife when he was too injured to play soccer.
He and Bobby Charlton both starred on the English national team.
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