A reminder of a soccer icon ... and his Heckmondwike boots

A reminder of a soccer icon ... and his Heckmondwike boots

THE daughter of football icon Sir Stanley Matthews has visited Heckmondwike to see where his famous boots were made.

Jean Gough went to the former Goliath Footwear Company on Thomas Street,  which is being redeveloped.

The old mill site at Brunswick Place is getting a new lease of life in the shape of new homes from builders Orion.

Mrs Gough presented a picture of her father in his pomp for display in the Orion’s showhome.

The firm made a £100 donation to the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation, a young people’s sports charity of which Mrs Gough is patron.

Goliath Footwear, formerly part of the Co-operative Society, is part of the Spen Valley Civic Society’s fame trail. They made special light boots for Sir Stanley, which he said helped make him quick on his feet compared to rivals.

The boots, described as having a ‘glove-like fit’, are considered a forerunner of those worn by today’s players.

The fame trail features plaques at sites with links to famous people or events, such as Cleckheaton-born Mr Men creator Roger Hargreaves.

Diane Reynolds, of Orion Homes, said: “Sir Stanley visited the factory to talk to workers and see how the boots were made.

“The civic society has done excellent work in highlighting the significance of places like this. We are delighted Sir Stanley’s daughter was able to see Brunswick Place make a connection with its historic past.”

Erica Amende, Spen Valley Civic Society secretary, said: “Heckmondwike was one of the focal points of the industrial revolution.

“There are many historic buildings which are ripe for redevelopment. It is great to see one of these being rejuvenated to such good effect.”

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