Cue material.... On February 1st, one of the greatest soccer players England has over known?
Cue material.... On February 1st, one of the greatest soccer players England has over known reaches the age of sixty. But he's still very much in the game, in a unique position...doing what he can to help young, black players in South Africa; a country which faces considerable difficulty in the international sporting world because of its controversial race policies. From Johannesburg, John Osman reports:
"Old Twinkletoes" is still at it; he may be three score year but he's far from retirement.
And what he's doing is in itself something which is pretty interesting and unusual. What's more, it's rather different for example to the attitude of the ruling body of world soccer, which some time age suspended from international football any South African team because of the Republic's race policies. Sir Stanly, however, untouched by political considerations, is doing the opposite of sending South African footballers to coventry; instead, he's getting stuck into South African soccer...by teaching black youngsters.
They're known as "Sir Stan's Mon", and they come from the huge African townchip of SOWETO, just outside Johannesburg. Here, in Orlando stadium... owned by the South African government...Sir Stan passes on his accumulated wisdom; couching them, lecturing them, and generally encouraging them...
And now Sir Stan is about to achieve something of a breakthrough: the first overseas journey by a black South African soccer squad. Over a dozen of this youngsters are off in March, with Sir Stan, to Brazil.
In addition to the select few who learn from Sir Stan actually on the football field, another two million people pick up a few tips from a newspaper strip published every week in South Africa's biggest sunday newspaper. Together with Coca Cola, the Johannesburg Sunday Times sponsors "Sir Stan's Men"; and this reflects one of the most noticeable aspects of black sport in SA; namely, the extent to which white business supports it. But internal, domestic assistance isn't enough and it's the international boycott as much as anything which hinders the achievement of really top standards among players like these. They simply don't get the high-quality type of competition need to graduate to the world-class. It seems a shame for "Sir Stan's Men"; because they try hard and have lost only four out of 19 games this season...but the farthest away they've been is to the small neighbouring state of Swaziland. Soccer is the King of Sports among African, with huge gates everywhere..but the irony is, the black man is SA has a harden job to enjoy world soccer than any other football fields in the world.