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Silver tea service presented to football legend Sir Stanley Matthews in 1946 upon winning his 44th England cap.
Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards.

A near-vegetarian teetotaller, he kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old. He was also the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division and the oldest player ever to represent the country. He played his final competitive game in 1985, at the age of 70.

This silver tea service is an outstanding piece of football memorabilia - a true collector's item - having been presented to the legendary Matthews by the board of Stoke City FC in 1946 upon winning his 44th England cap. Hallmarked ‘Sheffield 1932’, the four piece service carries the monogram ‘SM’ and the Stoke City crest. It is available to buy from LAPADA members Wick Antiques, marking the start of the English football season this week.

Wick Antiques

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