This genuine sporting hero will always be remembered for his dazzling wing-play at the 1953 FA Cup Final, when he inspired Blackpool to a 4-3 victory over Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers at Wembley.
But he also had an England career that was longer than any other player’s, making his debut at 19 and appearing in his last match when he was 42.
The first footballer to be knighted, he scored eleven goals in 54 England matches and was outstanding at the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland. So it was poignant that the great man should leave us on the day of an England international at Wembley.
England were playing Argentina in a friendly. It finished goalless, the 74,000 crowd having been informed of Sir Stanley’s passing.
Stanley Matthews, ‘the Maestro’, ‘the Wizard of the Dribble’, ‘the Football Genius’.