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Five footballers who earned knighthood

Sir Stanley Matthews The Blackpool and Stoke City legend earned his knighthood in 1965 and became the first footballer to be knighted. He remains the only footballer to be knighted while still playing. Matthews had an incredible 33-year long professional playing career and quite remarkably, he continued playing professional football until he was 50. Known by several nicknames, including “the ...

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