06/02/1965 Sir Stanley Matthews makes the last of his 704 appearances
Stoke City Football Club Stanley Matthews Farewell 1965
His only first team appearance of the season was also the last Football League game of his career, just after his 50th birthday, and was necessitated by injuries to both Peter Dobing and Gerry Bridgwood. The opponents that day were Fulham, and Stoke won the game 3–1. Though he felt he had retired too early and could have carried on playing for another two years, this brought an end to his 35-year professional career.