Stoke City football legend Stanley Matthews was known as 'The Wizard of Dribble'. Here he is in action for The Potters in 1938, beating the opposition's defence - as usual.
Stanley Matthews with another hero of the Victoria Ground, Freddie Steele. Both played in maybe Stoke's greatest ever team in the late 1930s and 40s.
Stanley Matthews' professional career was put on hold during the war years. But here he is playing for the Royal Air Force in 1943.
In 1947, Stoke City manager Bob McGrory controversially decided to sell Stanley Matthews to Blackpool and a new legion of fans demanded his autograph!
The move to Blackpool did help Stanley Matthews to secure an FA Cup winners' medal. In what became known as The Matthews Cup Final of 1953, he inspired Blackpool to a 4-3 victory over Bolton.
Stanley Matthews introduces his eight-week-old son Stanley Jnr to football. His son later became became Wimbledon Boy's Champion in 1962 and a professional of the sport in the 1970s.
Family man Stanley Matthews playing football with his son on the beach at Blackpool.
Three England greats - Stanley Matthews, Duncan Edwards and captain Billy Wright. Edwards - one of the Busby Babes who died after the Munich air disaster - was described by Matthews as being "like a rock in a raging sea".
Stanley Matthews with his wife and daughter after receiving his CBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1957. In 1965, he became the first footballer to be knighted for services to sport.
Stanley Matthews returned to play for Stoke in 1961 and inspired them to gain promotion. Here he is with his Stoke City team mates on his 50th birthday.
Sir Stanley Matthews, aged 50, presents a souvenir ball to the spectators before playing a farewell match for the Stanley Matthews XI against a World XI which included such footballing greats as Lev Yashin, Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo di Stefano.
The Sir Stanley Matthews Statue at the Britannia Stadium. Matthews made 355 appearances for Stoke in two spells scoring 62 goals from 1932 to '47 and 1961 to '65.
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