1953 F. A. Cup Final - Stanley Matthews match worn boots
Lot 387
1953 F. A. Cup Final - Stanley Matthews match worn boots
Sold for £38,400 (US$ 61,633) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 F. A. Cup Final - Stanley Matthews match worn boots
A pair of leather football boots complete with laces and studs (the left boot with one stud missing). These boots were worn by Stanley Matthews in the 1953 F.A. Cup Final. The lot includes a copy of a magazine article from April 2001 which details how the vendors father (Wilf Coomer) became associated with Stanley Matthews, how he travelled to Blackpool for every home game and met up with Stanley for lunch, before walking to Bloomfield Road, where he would join Stanley in the dressing room, this becoming a ritual for him. The 1953 F.A. Cup Final Weekend saw Wilf Coomer staying in the team hotel, he also travelled in on the team coach, was given a ticket for the dressing room (which is included with the lot) and he was presented with the boots after the game. Later, when Stanley Matthews took the job as manager of Port Vale, he employed Wilf Coomer as administrator - a position he held for ten years. The lot also includes a programme for the final hand signed to the team page by 10 including Matthews, Shimwell. Fenton, Taylor, Johnston, Garrett, Robinson and Perry.

Footnotes

  • The 1953 F.A. Cup Final was contested between Blackpool and Bolton Wanderers, with Blackpool winning 4-3. The match became famous for the performance of Blackpool winger Stanley Matthews, after whom it was nicknamed and became known as the Matthews Final. It remains the only Wembley F.A. Cup Final to feature a hat-trick, scored by Blackpool's Stan Mortensen.

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