It has become known as the ‘Matthews Final’ and now, the pair of football boots used by Sir Stanley Matthews have been sold at auction for £38,400.

Sir Stanley, who won 54 caps for England and who was known as the ‘The Wizard of Dribble’ helped Blackpool to a 4 – 3 win over Bolton Wanderers in that 1953 FA Cup final, a match which has since taken on legendary status.

His football boots used during the game were expected to fetch no more than £8,000 at a sporting memorabilia auction, held at Bonhams in Chester, but were eventually sold for a staggering £38,400.

The Stanley Matthews football boot package came with laces and studs, and a programme from the game signed by the players.

stanley matthews football boots

After the game, ‘Sir Stan’ gave away his football boots to a good friend by the name of Wilf Cooomer. However, they were recently unearthed and were put up for auction.

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1953 fa cup final stanley matthews football boots

Matthews was quite a force in football boot design and in 1951, he helped the Co-op produce a pair of boots that were touted as being lighter and more flexible than anything that had gone before. These were the football boots he wore for the 1952 / 53 season. The Superfly’s of their day perhaps?

In 1964 Sir Stanley became the first player to be knighted. He died in 2000 aged 85.

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  1. says: SGE

    absoloute legend, I use the matthews move every game, devestatingly effective which shows you how great a player he was that a move he used is one of the cornerstones of a dribblers arsenal of tricks.

  2. says: Mr P. B.

    I have Sir Stanley Matthews shin pads which he gave to me at a charity football match in Cheadle in Staffordshire over thiry years ago, I have kept them ever since that day. There is obviously a great more detail to the story than that. His daughter (Sir Stan`s)has seen the shin pads , as has the historian at Stoke City FC and they both recognise that they were Sir Stan`s pads. Currently Louis Taylor Auction House in Stoke are hopefully going to give me some idea as to there possible value. If they are worth a couple of hundred pounds, I will donate them to Stoke City FC.

  3. says: Mike Richardson

    i have a pair of replica 1953 fa cup final stanley matthews football boots i recently inherited complete with signed autograph, does’nt look like they have ever been worn.

    would you be interested ?

  4. says: Johnson

    My mother in law inherited the boots from his last game which were given to her father whilst on the railway.

    She gave them to Reading Football Club when she was not well and did not know what she was doing!!! There was also a signed letter from Stanley Matthews. I have been trying to track them down. Anyone know where they went?

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