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View blind eagle's Profile blind eagle Flag Covington.Tennessee 05 Oct 12 10.15pm Send a Private Message to blind eagle Add blind eagle as a friend

I suppose the number of fans who actually saw Sir Stan play are dwinling,time marches,anyone who has any memories of Sir Stan please come forward. Will we ever again see a player as gifted as Sir Stan? I do hope Wilf Zaha will get to know some of Sir Stan's great talents.

 

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Catfish Flag Burgess Hill 05 Oct 12 10.25pm

Before my time. What year did he pack it in?

 


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View PalacePhotoMan's Profile PalacePhotoMan Flag Wallington 05 Oct 12 11.16pm Send a Private Message to PalacePhotoMan Add PalacePhotoMan as a friend

Played his last league game in February 1965, just after his 50th birthday - for Stoke v Fulham in the 1st Division (as in top flight). That was the only league game he played that season, having officially retired at the end of 63/4.

 


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A 5-man forward line who scored 3 goals in 10 minutes on 27th September 2011 at .......................

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I saw him play for Stoke against Luton at Kenilworth Road, 1962 I think it was. Didn't do very much but the crowd went nuts every time the ball went anywhere near him. On one occasion the young Luton full-back came clattering in, Matthews dropped one shoulder in classic Stan fashion and left him lying in the mud! I also have a card my mum got him to send when I was picked to play for the local Cubs(!) "To my little pal, best wishes, Stanley Matthews" he wrote. I'd like to say that, thus inspired, I scored a hat-trick. Can't remember! I also have the programme from his Stoke testimonial match in 1965. A few big names turned up for that one! Great, great player.

 

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View Bin Liner's Profile Bin Liner Flag London , Southfields 07 Oct 12 1.14pm Send a Private Message to Bin Liner Add Bin Liner as a friend

what a era of players from back then, Finney,Matthews
,Mortenson, Lofthouse, Dickinson, all would have been world stars had they been playing today.

 


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View chris123's Profile chris123 Flag hove actually 07 Oct 12 1.43pm Send a Private Message to chris123 Add chris123 as a friend

He was supposed to have played in Terry Long's testimonial, but wanted a fee to play.

 

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View PalacePhotoMan's Profile PalacePhotoMan Flag Wallington 08 Oct 12 12.47pm Send a Private Message to PalacePhotoMan Add PalacePhotoMan as a friend

I believe he did play at Selhurst once or twice in floodlit friendlies in the 50's (we played a couple of games against an "International XI" - so any Palace fan in their 60's now may have seen him at Selhurst.

As did Duncan Edwards I think.

 


Zaha, Williams, Murray, Ambrose, Scannell.

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Quote PalacePhotoMan at 08 Oct 2012 12.47pm

I believe he did play at Selhurst once or twice in floodlit friendlies in the 50's (we played a couple of games against an "International XI" - so any Palace fan in their 60's now may have seen him at Selhurst.

As did Duncan Edwards I think.


Looks like Duncan Edwards played for the Army against Palace at Selhurst whilst doing his national service

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View tangerineeagle's Profile tangerineeagle Flag cleveleys,lancs 09 Oct 12 1.41pm Send a Private Message to tangerineeagle Add tangerineeagle as a friend

my old fella took me to stamford bridge in may 1963,to see chelsea v stoke in the old division2,sir stan could still beat the fullback,the crowd was 66,199 ,and the line ups were
bonnetti-shellito-mccreadie-venables-mortimore-harris-murray-tambling-bridges-moore-bluntstone
stoke was o'neill-allen-asprey-skeels-stuart-clamp-ratcliffe-mcllroy-mudie-violet-matthews
for the many of you younger than me,you'll all know about venables,tambling signed for us,and the 2 assasins of the day were chopper harris for chelsea,and eric skeels for stoke,remember getting lifted off my feet on the way out,had to get behind a pillar to get out of the crush

 


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As a youngster I watched Matthews play for blackpool many times,he had that extra yard of pace to take him past defenders as well as his dribbling skills which were immense.

Full backs at that time were less sophisticated and used to 'lunge in' more than the modern players.

In todays game Matthews would have been at a top club and in ability terms he was way beyond some one like Beckham.

 

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View eagle in cornwall's Profile eagle in cornwall Flag Made In Thornton Heath. 09 Oct 12 7.14pm Send a Private Message to eagle in cornwall Add eagle in cornwall as a friend

I saw a fair bit of Mathews as a boy as my Dad and Uncles use to take me to SB and Highbury, only when Palace were playing away, to watch top flight football and on one occasion saw the Busby's pre-Munich Babes beat Chelsea 5-6 at SB.

I recall well the 1953 Cup Final when Blackpool came from 1-3 down to beat Bolton 4-3, which was labelled the Mathews Final, although Mortensen scored a hat trick, Mathews tore their defence to bits.

I don't like comparing past players to those of today as the games changed, there was more physical contact then and a ball that would split your head open when wet.

For me he was the last player to truly "Dribble" as his style was unique. He would run with the ball, close to feet, directly to the defender and then slide his way past leaving the FB for dead, never seen the like since.

As I recall, it was a young Albert Quixall, who made his debut for England at 19, saying how he got a right ticking off from Mathews.
Apparently SM called for the ball and Quixall played the ball inside the FB, for Mathews to run onto, Mathews just stood where he was and told Quixall "when I call I want the ball played to my feet, not half way down the pitch"

It was this type of skill, not relying on just pace, which enabled him to go on playing way past middle age.

 


........................Then along came Johnny Byrne! and the rest, as they say, is history.....................

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