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Stan Matthews

Stoke City FC, Blackpool FC

54 caps, 11 goals

P 54 W 32 D 8 L 14 F 158: A 83
67% successful

1934-57

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
4890

Profile

Full name Sir Stanley Matthews CBE
Born 1 February 1915 at 63 Seymour Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire [registered in Stoke-upon-Trent, March 1915]. Third of four sons to John William, a hairdresser, and Ada Hewitt.
Attended Wellington Road School, Hanley

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, John and Ada Matthews are married with two sons, John and Arthur, living at 48 Trinity Street in Hanley. John is a hairdresser.
 According to Passenger Lists, Stan Matthews was one of numerous professional footballers (The FA Tourists of Canada) leaving the port of Liverpool on 9 May 1950, bound for Montréal, Québec on board the Empress of Scotland. Matthews did not make the return journey on 30 June, as he was summoned to Brazil. His address at this time was the Romford Hotel, on the New South Promenade in Blackpool.

Married firstly to Elizabeth Vallance, at Bonnytown Golf Club, in Glasgow, Lanarkshire [registered in June 1934], then after divorcing in 1967, married Mila Winters, in Malta, 1968.
Died 23 February 2000, aged 85 years 22 days [registered in Newcastle-under-Lyme, February 2000]. Cremation was in Stoke, 3 March. His ashes are buried beneath the centre-circle at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium.
Height/Weight 5' 10", 11st. 8lbs [1949].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Ancestry.com

Biographies The Way it Was - Stanley Matthews & Les Scott (Headline, 2000)
 

x. - A Football Compendium, Peter J. Seddon (1999).

Club Career

Started playing football with his school team, as well as Hanley Schools, which got him noticed by the England Schoolboy selectors. He joined the groundstaff at Stoke City AFC as a fifteen year-old in 1930, despite interest from top clubs, including West Bromwich Albion FC, Wolverhampton Wanderes FC, Aston Villa FC and Birmingham FC. He became an amateur football for Stoke in September of the same year. He turned out for St. Peter's (Stoke) FC also, before he signed professional forms with Stoke on 1 February 1932. This despite continued interest and financial incentives from the previously mentioned clubs as well as Leicester City FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Huddersfield Town AFC and Newcastle United FC.
Undeterred by the outbreak of war, Matthews played for Greenock Morton FC and Blackpool FC, amongst others.
After 259 league appearances, in which he scored 51 goals, and following very public falling-outs with his manager, Bob McGrory, Matthews joined Blackpool FC, whom he had trained with for numerous years, in a permanent deal on 10 May 1947 for a £11,500 fee. Another 379 league matches followed and seventeen goals were scored. He returned to Stoke City AFC in October 1961, when his hometown club paid £3500 for the forty-six year old. He still made another 59 league appearances and three goals. He retired from league football in 1965, at the glorious age of fifty!
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1932-33, 1962-63; FA Cup runners-up 1947-48, 1950-51, winners 1952-53; Football League runners-up 1955-56;
Individual honours Football League (13 appearances, two goals); FWA Player of the Year 1947-48, 1962-63; European Footballer of the Year 1955-56;
Distinctions Appeared on BBC's This Is Your Life 12 February 1956, the second 'victim' of the long-running programme; The only player to receive a knighthood for his services to football in 1965, as well as being the first, in 1957, to receive the CBE.

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) After eventually retiring from playing, Matthews became the general manager for the Stoke rival club, Port Vale FC, from July 1965 until July 1968, and thereafter as an advisor. He set up in Malta after his second marriage and he coached the Maltese side, Hibernian FC in April 1970. He then took his coaching skills into South Africa and the Soweto from 1974-76.

England Career

Player number One of six who became the 600th players (603) to appear for England.
Position(s) Outside-right
First match No. 194, 29 September 1934, Wales 0 England 4, a British Championship match at Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff, aged 19 years 240 days.
Last match No. 313, 15 May 1957, Denmark 1 England 4, a World Cup qualification match at Idrætsparken, København, aged 42 years 103 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950, 1954;
British Championships 1934-35, 1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, 1950-51, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57;
Team honours British Championship winners 1937-38, 1946-47, 1947-48, 1950-51, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57; shared 1934-35, 1938-39, 1955-56;
Individual honours England Schoolboy (one appearance, 1928). England war-time (29 appearances, two goals), Great Britain (two appearances).
Distinctions The oldest player to appear for England, at 42 years and 103 days. The oldest goalscorer

Beyond England

Received an honorary degree at Keele University in June 1987. Had lived in Malta and Canada since 1969, until he returned to Stoke in 1989. He spent his summers in the late fifties and early sixties in South Africa, coaching. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.169/70.

 

Stan Matthews - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
67 54 30 54 0 0 4890 11 445 min 6 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Stan Matthews - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 26 18 3 4 85 40 +45 1 7 3.269 1.538 75.0 +14
Away 25 13 4 8 67 34 +33 3 7 2.68 1.36 60.0 +5
Neutral 3 0 1 2 6 9 -3 1 0 2.00 3.00 16.7 -2
All 54 32 8 14 158 83 +75 5 14 2.926 1.537 66.7 +18

 

Stan Matthews - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 52 30 8 14 152 82 +70 5 13 2.923 1.577 65.4 +16
Blue 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
Red 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
All 54 32 8 14 158 83 +75 5 14 2.926 1.537 66.7 +18

 

Stan Matthews - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

4 4 0 0 17 5 +12 0 0 4.25 1.25 100.0 +4
WCF 3 0 1 2 7 8 -1 1 0 2.333 2.667 16.7 -2
World Cup 7 4 1 2 24 13 +11 1 0 3.429 1.857 64.3 +2
British Championship 24 15 3 6 62 32 +30 1 6 2.583 1.333 68.8 +9

Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 24 14 4 6 76 38 +38 3 8 3.167 1.583 66.7 +8
All 54 32 8 14 158 83 +75 5 14 2.926 1.537 66.7 +18

 

Stan Matthews - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1953-54 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
WCP 1956-58 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10 0 0 4.667 1.333 100.0 +3
All 4 4 0 0 17 5 +12 0 0 4.25 1.25 100.0 +4
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 1 0 0 1 1 0 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
WCF 1954 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
All 3 0 1 2 7 8 -1 1 0 2.333 2.667 16.7 -2
World Cup Preliminary Competition & Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1948-50 1 0 0 1 1 0 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
WC/BC 1952-54 3 1 1 1 9 9 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
WC 1956-58 3 3 0 0 14 4 +10 0 0 4.667 1.333 100.0 +3
All 7 4 1 2 24 13 +11 1 0 3.429 1.857 64.3 +2
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1934-35 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1936-37 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 0 1.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC 1937-38 2 1 0 1 2 2 =0 1 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1938-39 3 2 0 1 11 5 +6 0 1 3.67 1.667 66.7 +1
BC 1946-47 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1947-48 3 2 1 0 7 2 +5 0 2 2.333 0.667 83.3 +2
BC 1948-49 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 0 1 2.667 1.667 66.7 +1
BC 1950-51 2 1 0 1 6 4 +2 0 0 3.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC/WCP 1953-54 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC 1954-55 3 3 0 0 12 4 +8 0 1 4.00 1.333 100.0 +3
BC 1955-56 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC 1956-57 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 0 0 2.00 1.00 83.3 +2
All 24 15 3 6 62 32 +30 1 6 2.583 1.333 68.8 +9
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 7 4 1 2 24 13 +11 1 0 3.429 1.857 64.3 +2
BC 24 15 3 6 62 32 +30 1 6 2.583 1.333 68.8 +9

Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

All 30 18 4 8 83 44 +39 2 6 2.767 1.467 66.7 +10

 

Stan Matthews - Match History
 Club: Stoke City A.F.C. - 18 full caps

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 17 full capsx

Age 19
1 194 29 September 1934 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start or
2 195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start or
Age 20
3 200 4 December 1935 - England 3 Germany 0, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London Fr HW Start or
Age 22
4 208 17 April 1937 - Scotland 3 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AL Start 7
5 213 17 November 1937 - England 2 Wales 1, Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough BC HW Start 7
6 214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London Fr HW Start 7
Age 23
7 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Start 7
8 216 14 May 1938 - Germany 3 England 6, Olympiastadion, Berlin Tour AW Start 7
9 217 21 May 1938 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich AL Start 7
10 218 26 May 1938 - France 2 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris AW Start 8
11 219 22 October 1938 - Wales 4 England 2, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Start 7
12 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 7
13 221 9 November 1938 - England 4 Norway 0, St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Start 7
14 222 16 November 1938 - England 7 Ireland 0, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HW Start 7
Age 24
15 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Start 7
16 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Comunale San Siro, Milano Tour AD Start 7
17 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL Start inj. 7
- 226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW injured squad member
 

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 37 full capsx

Age 31
- 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW injured squad member
Age 32
18 231 12 April 1947 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HD Start 7
 Club: Blackpool F.C. - 36 full caps  
19 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Sportplatz, Zürich Tour AL Start 7
20 234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estádio Nacional, Jamor, Lisboa AW Start 7
21 235 21 September 1947 - Belgium 2 England 5, Stade du Centenaire, Bruxelles Fr AW Start 7
22 236 18 October 1947 - Wales 0 England 3, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 7
23 237 5 November 1947 - England 2 Ireland 2, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool HD Start 7
Age 33
24 239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AW Start 7
25 240 16 May 1948 - Italy 0 England 4, Stadio Comunale di Torino, Torino Fr AW Start 7
26 241 26 September 1948 - Denmark 0 England 0, Idrætsparken, København Fr AD Start 7
27 242 9 October 1948 - Ireland 2 England 6, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 7
28 243 10 November 1948 - England 1 Wales 0, Villa Park, Trinity Road, Witton, Birmingham HW Start 7
29 244 2 December 1948 - England 6 Switzerland 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, London Fr HW Start 7
Age 34
30 245 9 April 1949 - England 1 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Start 7
Age 35
- 256 25 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro WCF NW squad member
- 257 29 June 1950 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais NL
31 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro NL Start 7
32 259 7 October 1950 - Ireland 1 England 4, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 7
Age 36
33 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HL Start 7
Age 38
- 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Nuñez, Buenos Aires Tour AD
ab
late and then, withdrawn squad member
- 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Ñuñoa, Santiago AW
- 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL
- 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York AW
34 282 21 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 7
35 283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool BC/
WCP
HW Start 7
36 284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HL Start 7
Age 39
37 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCF ND Start 7
- 289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW injured squad member
38 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel NL Start 7
39 291 2 October 1954 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 7
40 292 10 November 1954 - England 3 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start 7
41 293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 7
Age 40
42 294 2 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 7
43 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris Tour AL Start 7
44 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid AD Start 7
45 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto AL Start 7
- 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW injured squad member
46 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Start 7
Age 41
47 303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 7
- 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län Tour AD unavailable squad member
- 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW
- 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin AW
48 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start 7
49 308 14 November 1956 - England 3 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start 7
50 309 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 7
51 310 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2, Molineux Ground, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WCP HW Start 7
Age 42
52 311 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 7
53 312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP HW Start 7
54 313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4, Idrætsparken, København AW Start 7

Notes

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