The preview screening for a new feature-length documentary on Stoke-on-Trent football legend Sir Stanley Matthews CBE will take place at Stoke Film Theatre on Wednesday 18th October.
Matthews, who passed away in February 2000 aged 85, was the oldest footballer ever to represent England. He played at his sport’s top level until age 50.
He competed for Stoke City for 19 years from 1932 to 1947, and won the FA Cup during his time with Blackpool F.C. That 1953 showdown became known as the “Matthews Final”.
The new documentary, titled “Matthews: The Original No. 7”, also features his work in Soweto, South Africa. The sporting legend was crowned “King of Football” for his coaching achievements there.
Matthews’ son, former junior Wimbledon champion Stanley Matthews Jr, is the executive producer for the film.
A statement from the producers said: “The biggest challenge with making a feature film about this true British treasure was trying to distill the story down to 75 minutes.
“We also had the challenge of presenting this remarkable man to an audience that may not know much about him while respecting those who know his full history.
“What you will see is our effort to pay tribute to one of the greatest athletes and sportsmen of the 20th century… Sir Stanley Matthews.”
Sports broadcaster Gary Lineker paid tribute to Matthews in a trailer for the upcoming documentary.
The former footballer called him “the Messi of his day” and stated: “Stanley Matthews is one of the great heroes of this country.”
The documentary is said to contain “never-before-seen archive footage”. It will be released in cinemas later this year following its preview screening at Stoke-on-Trent Film Theatre.