Sir Stanley Matthew's daughter returns to site of Heckmondwike factory which made his boots

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: PRESENTATION: Jean Gough and her husband Bob (centre) with the photograph of her father Sir Stanley Matthews, with, (from left),  Dianne Reynolds, Orion Homes sales and marketing director; John Appleyard, of Spen Valley Civic Society; David Durrans, Spen PRESENTATION: Jean Gough and her husband Bob (centre) with the photograph of her father Sir Stanley Matthews, with, (from left), Dianne Reynolds, Orion Homes sales and marketing director; John Appleyard, of Spen Valley Civic Society; David Durrans, Spen

THE daughter of football legend Sir Stanley Matthews visited the former Heckmondwike factory where her father’s boots were made to see how it is being converted into a housing development.

The former Goliath Footwear Company in Thomas Street is being converted into a range of mews homes.

In a nod to the site’s past, Orion Homes, which is re-developing the location known as Brunswick Place, invited Sir Stanley’s daughter, Jean Gough, to present a framed picture of ‘the wizard of the dribble’ to display in their new show home.

Members of the Spen Valley Civic Society also attended the event and Orion Homes made a £100 donation to the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation charity of which Mrs Gough is patron.

Sir Stanley made 697 appearances for Stoke City and Blackpool between 1932 and 1965, scoring 71 goals. He also won 54 caps for England, scoring 11 goals.

The soccer superstar is best remembered for the 1953 FA Cup final, dubbed the 'Matthews Final', which his Blackpool side won 4-3. He died in 2000 aged 85.

The site is also featured on the Spen Fame Trail highlighting historic places around the Spen Valley.

Dianne Reynolds, Orion Homes sales and marketing director, said: “Sir Stanley also visited the factory to talk to workers and see how the boots were made.

"All these years later, we are delighted to welcome Jean and husband Bob to see the results of our Brunswick Place development and make a connection with the site’s historic past.”

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