17th anniversary of Sir Stanley Matthews' passing

Matthews celebrating at Wembley
Matthews celebrating at Wembley
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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the death of Blackpool's greatest ever player, Sir Stanley Matthews.

The former Blackpool and England winger, widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of the British game, died at the age of 85 on February 23, 2000.

During a remarkable 33-year career he won 54 England caps - and played in another 30 wartime internationals.

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Matthews, the first knight of English football, also remains the only man to have played in the old First Division as a 50-year-old.

But he will be forever be known for his role in Blackpool's 4-3 FA Cup final triumph against Bolton Wanderers in 1953, which was later renamed the "Matthews Final".

He ended his career having played for Blackpool 379 times.