On This Day – Of Words, Footballers and Kings

01 Feb


Under-Age King

1327 Fourteen year old Edward III was crowned King of England,

but the country was ruled by his mother Queen Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer.

Isabella of France and Mortimer against Edward II


1884 The first volume (A to Ant) of the Oxford English Dictionary was published. James Murray was its most famous editor but he had only reached the letter T after working 44 hours per week for 35 years, so hundreds of people sent in their own contributions.

The Legend

1915 Sir Stanley Matthews, often regarded as one of the greatest English football players, was born. He is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards. He kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old, was also the oldest player ever to play in England’s top football division and the oldest player ever to represent his country. He played his final competitive game in 1985, at the age of 70.

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