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Stanley Matthews


Sir Stanley Matthews, pictured playing for Blackpool in the 1949/50 season, died on this day in 2000 aged 85. He played competitively for over 30 years, and is both the oldest man to play in the top flight of English football and the oldest to represent England, at the age of 42. Indeed his England career spanned 22 years and took in 54 games. A brilliant right-footed dribbler, the 1953 FA Cup Final has forever since been known as the 'Matthews Final' after he inspired Blackpool to come back from 3-1 down to win 4-3, in the process claiming his first winner's medal at his third attempt.

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