Blackpool sporting legend Sir Stanley Matthews memorabilia to be auctioned
The daughter of football legend Sir Stanley Matthews is to sell off some of her father's momentoes '“ and she wants fans to have them.
Sir Stan played 379 times for Blackpool between 1947 and 1961 , including the famous “Matthews” cup final in 1953 when the Seasiders beat Bolton 4-3 at Wembley.
Now his only daughter, Jean Matthews-Gough, 78, is to auction off items which she says have just been “gathering dust” at the home she shares with husband Bob, 82, in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
She said: “I want football fans to have the opportunity to own something that belonged to Stanley Matthews.
“They are gathering dust in drawers and cupboards. Although they mean a lot to me it seems a shame to have them hidden away.
“Pop was not one for memorabilia. He never lived in the past – he was all for the future. He got his happiness from people, not from things. I am sure he would have approved.”
Lots up for auction at Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire, on November 27, include:
· A giant scrapbook crammed with newspaper cuttings which document much of his football career from the 1930s (estimate Â£200-Â£300)
· A dress shirt he often wore (Â£500-Â£700)
· Two suits (Â£100-Â£200 each)
· A piece of Royal Doulton presented to the star (Â£150-Â£250)
· A Wedgwood bowls he was given on his return to Stoke City and on his 70 th and 85 th birthdays (estimates from Â£1,500-Â£2,500 and Â£4,000-Â£6,000)
· A signed training mat (Â£30-Â£50)
But for Jean, there is one item above all others up for auction that symbolises what meant the most to her father – a ‘throne’ made form him when he was crowned Football King of Ghana.
The ‘throne’, a small carved wooden stool (estimate Â£1,000-Â£1,500), was given to him by the people of Ghana, to honour him for his sporting dedication to youngsters in their country.
Jean said: “It’s the one thing he always kept in his study so he could see it every day at his home in Stoke.”
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