British Association footballer with Stoke City, Blackpool, and England. He was knighted in 1965.
Matthews was born at Hanley, near Stoke-on-Trent, where his father was a barber and boxer. At the age of fourteen he signed as an amateur for Stoke City, making his senior debut three years later. He went on to play in 886 first-class matches, 54 of them for England. He was dubbed ‘the Wizard of Dribble’, for few players have had better balance or shown more deceptive ball control. At the age of thirty-eight he achieved a long-standing ambition by winning an FA Cup medal for Blackpool against Bolton. His remarkable career lasted for thirty-three years and he made his last appearance as a player in 1965, five days after his fiftieth birthday.
After retiring from playing, he had a brief spell in management and later coached youngsters in various parts of the world. He made his home in Malta.
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