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01/01/1965 Stanley Matthews became the first professional footballer to be awarded a knighthood while still a player

Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE is the only player to have been knighted while still playing football, 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. Matthews' nicknames included "The Wizard of the Dribble" and "The Magician".