Soccer Honours Its Greatest Star 1965

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    Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

    M/S footballing legend Stanley Matthews surrounded by crowd at reception in his honour at Stoke Town Hall, Russian footballer Lev Yashin stands on his left. M/S guests, pan to Matthews. M/S group. C/U trophy presented to Matthews by from people in Manitoba, Canada.

    Panning shot Matthews walking into Stoke City's football ground. C/U sign on wall "Stoke City Football Club". Panning shot of changing room full of international soccer stars - they are playing in all-star team for Matthews' final match. M/S footballer on massage table. Matthews walking in and sits on bench next to Di Stefano (Spain), they put their socks on. Panning shot Ferenc Puskas (Hungary), Matthews and Di Stefano. C/U Puskas. C/U Di Stefano. C/U Kubala (Spain). C/U Yashin (Russia / Soviet Union / USSR). C/U Mazopust (Czechoslovakia). C/U Matthews on massage table, Puskas comes over and hugs him. M/S Jimmy Greaves putting on shirt. M/S Johnny Haynes changing. C/U Matthews and Greaves. M/S footballers George Cohen, Peter Thompson (?), Ron Flowers and Johnny Douglas (?) sitting on bench.

    Various shots lonely figure of Matthews looking out over Stoke City Football Ground from empty terrace. He holds a pair of battered old football boots. C/U boots, pan up to Matthews looking wistful - good shots, very poignant!

    Note: commentary is incorrect - Puskas plays for Hungary, not Spain.

    Note: item runs straight into next - "The Cup Final" - see separate record for details.

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  • Matthews' honour here came shortly after his last ever league game, which he played at the age of 50!

    "Matthews walking into Stoke City's football ground" - it's the Victoria Ground.

    The all-star football match that we see preparations for was played on 28 April 1965.

    "Di Stefano" is Alfredo di Stefano.

    "Kubala" is Laszlo Kubala.

    "Mazopust" should read Josef Masopust.

    "Peter Thompson (?)" - no, it's Bobby Thomson.

    "Johnny Douglas (?)" - no, it's Bryan Douglas.

    jamied 24th Aug 2012

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