Sir Stanley Matthews, one of the greatest soccer players England ever produced and a man whose dazzling talent made him a living legend of the game, is sixty years old tomorrow (February 1).
SV Stanley Matthews with coloured players
SV Coloured players listen
BLACK AND WHITE - GTV WEMBLEY Stadium for 1953 Cup final
LONG SHOT - Blackpool kick off
Blackpool on the attack - Matthews on using crosses goal
SV Queen Elizabeth watches
Blackpool score winning goal (2 shots)
LONG SHOT PAN Blackpool congratulate goal scorer and Matthews as crowd cheer (2 shots)
GV AND SV Cup presented to Blackpool captain (2 shots)
MCU Matthews after receiving first Cup winners medal
SEMI VIEW FA Cup
SEMI VIEW PAN Matthews on to Stoke pitch for final English game of career
SV Matthews' family in crowd
GV AND PAN Matthews, No.11 kicks off, ball goes through to right wing and Matthews in No. 7 shirt starts goal scoring move (2 shots)
GV Matthews carried on players' shoulders
SV PAN Matthews on to pitch for African tour game as crowd watch (2 shots)
LONG SHOT Kick off, Matthews beats defences and scores goal (3 shots)
19 COLOUR SEQUENCE GV Matthews at ball practice with African players
MCU Matthews' feet passing
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Background: Sir Stanley Matthews, one of the greatest soccer players England ever produced and a man whose dazzling talent made him a living legend of the game, is sixty years old tomorrow (February 1).
It is ten years since he retired and disappeared from the game, but he still plays football. He lives in South Africa and is involved in coaching black schoolboys in the arts of the game.
And there are few men better equipped to teach the essential skills than Sir Stanley. For 33 years, as a right-wing player for England and the English League clubs Stoke City and Blackpool, Matthews was the despair of defences.His almost perfect ball control, unreadable body swerve and superb fitness, made him impossible to subdue -- and delightful to watch.
Matthews began as a schoolboy international before joining his local club, Stoke City, as an apprentice, making his first professional appearance at the age of 17. By 19, he was playing for England, for whom he made 57 appearances.
Characteristically, Matthews continued playing later than most, thanks to a lifetime or dedication to fitness, and played what is generally considered his greatest game at the age of 38. That was in 1953, when he his third appearance in a Cup Final at Wembley.
By than, Matthews was playing for Blackpool. A Cup Winner's medal had always sluded the football genius and with Blackpool's opponents, Bolton Wanderers, winning 3 - 1 with only half an hour to play, his hopes of doing so seemed remote. However, Matthews then turned on a truly devastating display of soccer mastery. He mesmerised the Bolton defences, laid on three goals for his colleagues and enabled Blackpool to win 4 - 3.
Matthews carried on playing in the English League for another twelve years, during which he returned to Stoke City. It was at the Stoke ground in 1965 that he played his last full game in England, against an all-star side. The game was televised throughout the world and at the end, Matthews was carried from the pitch in triumph. That same year, 196?, he became the first professional footballer to be knighted.