• Short Summary

    SIR STANLEY MATTHEWS, FIFTY-YEAR-OLD STAR OF ENGLISH PROFESSIONAL SOCCER, BOWED OUT OF THE GAME WITH A MATCH AT STROKE-ON-TRENT TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY).

  • Description

    SIR STANLEY MATTHEWS, FIFTY-YEAR-OLD STAR OF ENGLISH PROFESSIONAL SOCCER, BOWED OUT OF THE GAME WITH A MATCH AT STROKE-ON-TRENT TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY). SIR STANLEY LED A TEAM OF BRITISH STARS AGAINST AN INTERNATIONAL ELEVEN. THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM WON, 6 GOALS TO 4. AT THE END OF THE MATCH, SIR STANLEY WAS CARRIED SHOULDER HIGH FROM THE FIELD TO THE CHEERS OF A FIFTY THOUSAND STRONG CROWD. MATTHEWS WAS BROUGHT UP IN THIS STAFFORDSHIRE TOWN, AND HIS FAMILY AND MANY OF HIS FRIENDS WATCHED THE GAME FROM THE STANDS.

    DURING THE MATCH, THE CROWD CAUGHT GLIMPSES OF SOME OF THE ACTION THAT MADE MATTHEWS SOMETHING OF A LEGEND IN SOCCER CIRCLES. FREQUENTLY HE CAME FACE TO FACE WITH THE HIGHLY-RATED GERMAN LEFT-BACK, KARL-HEINZ SCHNELLINGER, AND BEAT HIM SEVERAL TIMES. MATTHEWS WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN SCORING HIS TEAM'S SECOND GOAL.

    SIR STANLEY, WHO IS THE FIRST ENGLISH SOCCER PLAYER TO RECEIVE A KNIGHTHOOD FOR HIS SERVICES TO THE SPORT, PLAYED ON THE RIGHT WING, IN THE POSITION WHERE HE WON GREATEST FAME. FROM TIME TO TIME HOWEVER, HE CAME ACROSS TO THE CENTRE TO HELP HIS TEAM'S ATTACK.

    AT THE END OF THE MATCH PLAYERS LINKED ARMS TO SING AULD LANG SYNE, AND THEN SIR STANLEY WAS CARRIED SHOULDER HIGH FROM THE FIELD.

    SIR STANLEY PLAYED HIS FIRST MATCH AT STOKE-ON-TRENT, IN 1932. SINCE THEN HE HAS PLAYED 710 LEAGUE MATCHES AND HAS PLAYED 54 TIMES IN INTERNATIONAL MATCHES FOR ENGLAND. DURING THIS GLITTERING CAREER HE HAS NEVER BEEN CAUTIONED BY A REFEREE.

    BEFORE THE MATCH BEGAN, SIR STANLEY RECEIVED TELEGRAMS FROM ADMIRERS IN MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. AMONG THEM WERE MESSAGES FROM GIBRALTAR, RUMANIA, SPAIN, THE U.S.S.R. AND FROM FILM STAR, FRANK SINATRA IN AMERICA.

    AS SIR STANLEY WENT TO THE DRESSING ROOM HE SAID: "THERE WERE TEARS IN MY EYES. IT WAS A WONDERFUL NIGHT".

    THE INTERNATIONAL TEAM WAS: YASHIN (U.S.S.R.), JOHANNESON (DENMARK), SCHNELLINGER (WEST GERMANY), PLUSKAL, POPLUHAR AND MASOPUST (ALL CZECHOSLOVAKIA), HENDERSON, (SCOTLAND), KUBALA, DI STEFANO, AND PUSKAS (ALL SPAIN) AND VAN DER BOER (BELGIUM).

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4FPBC4GVV30P1L1NTSLWUMJEO
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FPBC4GVV30P1L1NTSLWUMJEO
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment