The daughter of footballing legend Sir Stanley Matthews is to auction off several of his items at a Derbyshire auction house later this month.
Jean Matthews-Gough, has decided to sell several items relating to the England, Stoke and Blackpool football legend and 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.” She added, “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 include:
- A giant Stanley Matthews scrapbook crammed with newspaper cuttings which document much of his football career from the 1930s (estimate £200-£300)
- A dress shirt he often wore (£500-£700)
- Two suits (£100-£200 each)
- Piece of Royal Doulton presented to the star (£150-£250)
- Wedgwood bowls he was given on his return to Stoke City and on his 70th and 85th birthdays (estimates from £1,500-£2,500 and £4,000-£6,000)
- A tea service given to all the players from around the world who took part in Matthews’ testimonial match in 1965 (£1,200-£1,800)
- A training mat which Matthews designed and signed (£30-£50)
But for Jean, 78, who lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme with husband Bob, 82, there is one item above all others up for auction that symbolises
what meant the most to her father – a ‘throne’ made for him when he was crowned Football King of Ghana.
The ‘throne’, a small carved wooden stool (estimate £1,000-£1,500), was given to Matthews 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.”
Sir Stanley Matthews’ memorabilia will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers on November 27.