The Wizard: The Life of Stanley Matthews Hardcover – 2 May 2013
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"Portrays a lost world of heavy balls, burly strikers, fog-bound pitches, £20-a-week wages, and teams who would travel to away matches by train and walk to the ground from the station" (Blake Morrison Guardian)
"Sports Book of the Year. Henderson's fine biography catches the magic that made the man in the No 7 shirt a figure of worldwide renown" (Richard Williams Guardian)
"A marvellous, well-written biography that doesn’t shirk from exploring controversial episodes in Sir Stan’s life" (Press Association)
"Henderson succeeds in digging deeper, revealing a more complex character. Fallouts with managers, private dramas. It’s fascinating stuff!" (Four Four Two)
"Conveys the ethos of football in a bygone age, when money was secondary to sportsmanship and even world-famous players would take the bus to the ground" (David Robson Sunday Telegraph)
The first full and objective autobiography of a sporting legend, revealing the professional and private lives of one of the world’s greatest ever footballersSee all Product Description
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Because numerous books have been written about Stanley Matthews previously I get the distinct impression that the sole reason for publishing this book was to reveal recently unearthed information about the former life of Matthew's second wife, the Czech born Mila. Whilst the author, Jon Henderson, seems to place a great deal of importance on this, I personally found the section of the book that deals with this particularly dull, having little interest to the probable reader of the book, the football lover.Read more ›
There are many interesting insights into yesterday's game, things young football fans just wouldn't believe: playing on Christmas day (one year Leicester played TWICE on Christmas Day!); the Scotsman who played for England; the match that was so fog-shrouded it's said that a member of the crowd replaced one of the goalies for the last part of the match.
The author perhaps doesn't fully discover what made Matthews tick - but maybe that was an impossible task given his subject's diffidence and shyness - and he has a slightly distracting style of mentioning things 'before' they happen (eg Matthews's knighthood is mentioned, and then when the author says a little later that Harold Wilson is about to knight him you think, 'Oh, I thought he already had!').
But this is a minor complaint, and I dare say this is the best biography of Stan the Man on the market.
The net result of all this is eminently readable, doing justice to Stanley Matthews' achievements while also exploring parts of his background of which even the most ardent fan is likely to be otherwise unaware.For example who hitherto really knew about his narrow squeak with the law while serving in the RAF in WW2, or the role of the Czech secret police in his relationship with Mila ?
Biopic like Brian Clough's "United".
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A warts and all biography which does not discredit Stan but shows the world that although he was a genius he was the most modest of men - until he was on the pitch !Published on 28 April 2014 by John Biddle
Too much emphasis on all the individual games rather than concentrating on Stanley Matthews as a person
A little bit boring in places.