Agent: Julian Alexander
Stanley Matthews was the most popular footballer of his era, the man who
epitomised a generation of legendary players: Tom Finney, Nat
Lofthouse, Billy Wright and many more. He was the first footballer ever
to be knighted, the first European Footballer of the Year (at 41), and
he played in the top division until he was 50 - and he will be forever
remembered for his performance in the Matthews FA Cup final of 1953,
when he inspired Blackpool to victory over Bolton.
The Way it Was (Headline 2001) is a the fascinating memoir of a great footballer and the remarkable story of an extraordinary life, written in the last months of his life.