‘All over the world he is regarded as a true football genius’


Berti Vogts

Former Manager of Germany

‘He told me that he used to play for just 20 pounds a week. Today he would be worth all the money in the Bank of England’


Gianfranco Zola

Assistant Manager, Chelsea F.C.

‘I grew up in an era when he was a god to those who aspired to play the game.  He was a true gentleman and we shall never see his like again.’

Brian Clough

Two time European Cup Winning Manager

Stanley Matthews was the

Leo Messi of his day.


Winner of the first Ballon D'Or

in 1956, he was twice voted Footballer of the Year, played

54 times for England (scoring

11 goals and tearing Brazil apart

at Wembley in the process), played in two World Cups and was part of the England team which won the British Championship 9 times.


He made 697 appearances for

Stoke City and Blackpool, scored

71 goals and carried on playing

at the top level until he was

50 years of age. 


He was knighted in 1965, the

only player to receive a knighthood while still playing professionally.


A lightning-quick winger with fantastic dribbling ability, his presence could add an extra

10,000 supporters to an away

game in which he played and it

was said by Franz Beckenbauer

that the speed and skill Matthews possessed meant that ‘almost no one in the game could stop him’.

On his retirement from playing

Stan had a brief spell in management before turning to coach young players, famously ignoring the South African apartheid regime to found a team

of black players in Soweto, taking them to play in a tournament in Rio.


Stan passed away in 2000 aged 85. As his funeral wound its way through Stoke-on-Trent, 100,000 people lined the streets to pay their respects to one of England's greatest footballing sons.

Stanley Matthews v Scotland