Stoke City: Matthews Foundation reaches cash milestone in name of great man
THE Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation has now raised £100,000 to help sports clubs and individuals in memory of the great man.
The landmark was reached when a cheque for £1,000 was handed to Moddershall Cricket Club to promote coaching courses.
The foundation, which has been raising money since 2006, has helped hundreds of people pursue their sporting dreams.
Jean Gough, Sir Stan's daughter and patron of the foundation, said: "This milestone is a big achievement and tremendous for the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation.
"It is amazing that people still remember him. I think they remember him for coaching and looking after young people because that was his big thing when he finished playing football.
"This is his legacy and it is really great that we are able to help so many people in so many different sports."
She said the foundation was placing an even greater emphasis on promoting coaching work across various sports and was now adopting a new slogan: "More Young People With More Access To More Sport".
She is also planning to accompany students from Stoke-on-Trent College when they travel to South Africa early next year to coach children in Cape Town.
Sir Stan, who died in 2000, spent many years playing and coaching in South Africa in the latter part of his life.
Jean also revealed the great man could have been lost to football earlier in life after excelling in various sports.
"He once went for a county cricket trial when he was young," she recalled, "but when he turned up and realised everyone else was dressed in white, but he wasn't, he slipped away and never returned."
The foundation's next annual dinner, which falls on Sir Stan's birthday, February 1, will feature goalkeeping legend Gordon Banks as guest speaker.
The day will also feature the popular Wear It With Pride initiative in schools and workplaces for participants who want to wear their favourite sports shirt in return for a £1 donation to the foundation.
AUTHORS Dave Lee and Mike Jolley will be at Webberleys bookstore in Hanley tomorrow (11am to 3pm) to sign copies of their books The Stoke City Premier League Scrapbook and 50 years A Stokie respectively.