Stanley Matthews

Geoff Francis

STANLEY MATTHEWS CENTENARY YEAR 1st FEBRUARY 2015 - 31st JANUARY 2016 An authorised biography of the legendary Stanley Matthews, 'footballer and gentleman’. Written at the request of his daughter, Jean Gough, just a decade after Sir Stanley Matthews' death, this unique biography celebrates the life and sporting achievements of Stan Matthews, including his training regime which was decades ahead of its time. The book also reveals the little-known influence that Stan had in Africa. In the year that South Africa hosted the World Cup Finals, it highlights his work for over a quarter ofa century in Soweto, the legacy of which is recognised here by one of the worlds foremost statesmen, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. From Jean's unique viewpoint, we gain insights into 'Stan the Man'. We also learn what he meant to those who watched him from afar and those who played with him, and against him. From his family, to the H.M. The Queen and Prince Philip, he was loved and admired, not only for his extraordinary skill, but also for his natural humility and openheartedness.

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