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Pupils make plates to mark centenary of birth of Sir Stanley Matthews.

Posted on: July 12, 2016

FOUR schoolchildren are celebrating after winning a competition to mark the centenary of the birth of legendary Stoke City footballer Sir Stanley Matthews.

Schools across North Staffordshire were last year invited to design a plate inspired by the man himself.

Several of Stoke-on-Trent’s leading pottery firms, including Churchill, Dudson and Steelite, then fired the commemorative pieces.

Now Scott Dennis, of the Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy, Ryan Leonard, from Chesterton Primary, Emily Hughes, of Sandford Hill Primary, and Katie Jones, a pupil at the University Academy Kidsgrove, have been awarded their very own plate.

Scott, aged 14, from Dresden, whose plate was fired by Steelite, said: “I’m really happy to have won and put a lot of effort in.


STANLEY MATTHEWS: The Wizard of Dribble in action at Stoke City’s old Victoria Ground. He would have been 100 years old in February this year.


“My art teacher really inspired me and keeps telling me she believes in me and that I’m doing well.”

Dudson fired the plate of winner nine-year-old Emily, from Longton.

She said: “I feel really proud of myself, it’s not often I win competitions.


Ryan, aged six, from Chesterton, whose plate was fired by Churchill China, said: “I’m really happy to have won. My plate showed the patterns on the goal and the ball.”

Steelite’s PR executive Sophie Attwood commended the children for their designs.

She said: “Creativity is one of our core values and we are proud to have supported a project which commemorates a Stoke-on-Trent legend, encourages the creativity of young people in the city and reinforces our proud heritage of pottery.”

More than 300 commemorative plates have been made and now one will be presented to each school in the area.

Nigel Johnson, chairman of the Stanley Matthews Foundation, a charity set up to encourage personal development through sporting activities, was also impressed with the quality of the designs.

He said: “The efforts have been first class. It has been very gratifying to see the work that has gone in to produce these plates. This project is to commemorate the centenary of one of the finest footballers ever.

“I hope the schools will treasure and keep them well into the future.

“ It is a great way of not only keeping Sir Stan’s legacy alive, but also introducing him to a new generation of fans.”


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