Sir Stanley Matthews (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer often considered as one of the finest players ever in the English game. He is the only footballer to have been knighted by the British queen while still playing. He also became the first ever winner of both the 'European Footballer of the Year' award and the 'Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year' award. Matthews' nicknames included "The Wizard of the Dribble" and "The Magician". A near-vegetarian teetotaller, Stanley remained fit enough to play at the top level of English soccer until he was 50 years old. He was also the oldest player ever to represent his country. His final competitive game was in 1985, aged 70. Stanley Matthews was also an inaugural inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in honour of his contribution to the English game.
Stanley Matthews - 'The Black Man with the White Face':
The BBC TV documentary based on extracts from the book 'Stanley Matthews: Black Man with a White Face' by 'Spirit of the Game' author Geoff Francis.