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A silver tea service presented to Sir Stanley Matthews, sold by dealer Charles Wallrock.

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Sir Stanley made his 44th international appearance in the 2-0 win against Belgium in January 1946. He was presented with the service by Stoke City shortly before he moved to Blackpool after what the press described as a ‘bust-up’ with manager Bob McGory.

The outside right would later return to Stoke where he played in the top flight until he was 50.

The items were offered by Charles Wallrock of Lymington-based Wick Antiques on the 2Covet antique portal, of which he is a director, going on sale for around £20,000, after he had owned them for some years. They have now gone to a private buyer.

The service, which was made by Pidduck & Sons of Sheffield in 1932, consists of a teapot, hot water jug, sugar bowl and milk jug. Each piece is monogrammed SM.