Sir Stanley Matthews, the first footballer to be knighted, and one of the most renowned footballers of our time.
The wizard of dribble - which he was so affectionately nicknamed - had a career that spanned thirty-three years. Once he had retired in 1965, aged fifty, he had made over seven-hundred league appearances.
His passing was extraordinarily accurate, and he was not so much a scorer as a creator of goals for others. His sportsmanship was exemplary and he was never booked in his career. He was often referred to as "the first gentleman of soccer". It was said Matthews' presence in a team could add 10,000 to away gates.