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Thursday, 24 February, 2000, 18:26 GMT
In pictures: The fans remember

Fans have been mourning legendary footballer Sir Stanley Matthews, who died on Wednesday after a short illness, age 85. The former England, Blackpool and Stoke winger was famed for his dribbling and tackling ability and was twice named European footballer of the year.

Statue feet


The people of Stoke, where Matthews began his career, have been paying tribute at a statue outside Hanley shopping centre.

crowd


Hundreds came to remember the local lad who turned professional aged 17. By the end of his career, he had been capped 54 times for England and made 710 Football League appearances for Stoke and Blackpool.

Blackpool framed photo


The flag is flying at half mast at Blackpool's home ground where the photo of the team which won the 1953 FA Cup Final against Bolton is always on proud display.

signed shirt


This famous tangerine shirt with a white collar is a replica of the strip worn in the Cup Final victory and was signed by Sir Stanley himself on a return visit last year.

The Matthews Final


The 1953 FA Cup Final at Wembley when Blackpool came back from 3-1 down to win 4-3, became known as "The Matthews Final".
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24 Feb 00 |  Football
Fans mourn Sir Stanley
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