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    Denis Law

    How many Terriers or football fans know the 'true' story of Denis Law....... He was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, to George Law, a fisherman, and his wife, Robina; he was the youngest of seven children, four boys and three girls. The Law family were not well off and lived in a council flat at Printfield Terrace in Aberdeen. He went barefoot until he was 12 years old and wore handed-down shoes throughout his adolescence; his first pair of football boots came as a second-hand birthday present from a neighbour, which he received as a teenager.
    He supported Aberdeen and watched them when he had enough money to do so, watching local non-league teams when he did not. His obsession with football led to him turning down a place at Aberdeen Grammar School, because he would have had to play rugby there. Instead, he attended Powis Academy in Aberdeen. Despite having a serious squint, he showed great promise once he was moved from full back to inside-left, and was selected for Scotland Schoolboys.
    In the 1954–55 season, he was spotted by Archie Beattie, a scout for Huddersfield Town, who invited 14 year-old Denis Law to go for a trial. When he got there, the manager said, "The boy's a freak. Never did I see a less likely football prospect – weak, puny and bespectacled." However, to Denis Law's surprise, they signed him on 3 April 1955. While he was at Town, he had an operation to correct his squint, which greatly enhanced his self-confidence.
    Town's relegation to what was then the Second Division made it easier for Denis Law to get a game, and he made his debut on 24 December 1956, aged only sixteen, in a 2–1 win over Notts County. Manchester United's manager Matt Busby shortly offered Huddersfield £10,000 for Law, a substantial amount of money for a teenage footballer at that time, but the club turned the offer down. Bill Shankly was manager of Town between 1957 and 1959, and when he left for Liverpool he wanted to take Law with him, but Liverpool were unable to afford him at that time.
    In March 1960, Law signed for Manchester City for what was then a British record transfer fee of £55,000, although Denis Law's share of the fee was nothing!

    He is the only Scottish player to have won the Ballon d'Or award, doing so in 1964.
    Denis Law was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game. On 23 February 2002, a statue of Denis Law (alongside George Best and Bobby Charlton) was unveiled at Old Trafford, in the part of the stadium known as the Scoreboard End.
    Strange but very true ...The emergence of Dutch international Dennis Bergkamp in the 1990s uncovered a story that the player's parents were fans of Law and named their son after him. However, Dutch authorities refused to recognise the name unless it was spelt with two n's as they felt it was otherwise too similar to the female name Denise.

    As a further lasting mark of respect to a true Town Legend here is a true extremely heart warming story about Denis Law ...On 25 November 2005, Denis Law was at the bedside of his former United teammate George Best as he died of multiple organ failure.




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    Son of a fisherman from Aberdeen,
    he played for his country at the age of 18,
    his football magic is a sight to see,
    he'll lead United onto victory,
    Denis, Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenis Law, King of the Stretford End.
    Denis, Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenis Law, King of the Stretford End.



    The Lawman: 171 goals in 309 games for United. I have an old friend who's watched United from the early 60s and he always rates Denis Law as his favourite. Cantona came close, but The Lawman is the best. For very different reasons, you'll find that Charlton and Best don't always curry favour with older reds.
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    Like Sniffer Clarke at Leeds, and Jimmy Greaves at Spurs, he was talented, but aways stuck with the moniker, goal hanger.

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    ^ Well before my time, but he's always been adored by older reds and Scottish 'cos of his bravery and the kind of goals he scored plus the influence he had on the team.

    "All action and all over the game" according to Harry Gregg; unlike the dirty Leeds types.

    You don't get to be the King of the Stretford End if you can only goal poach .

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    ^like I said, they were all talented finishers and that’s how they will be remembered.

    The games changed a lot since those days, but just ask any of today’s managers what his priority is and his answer will be the same.
    A proven goal scorer.

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    True. Go back to the likes of Rush at Anfield. It's nice if they can do it outside of the box, but the bottom line is putting it where it matters on a regular basis. Lineker was another who'd be worth hundreds of millions in today's market for what he did wherever he went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    True. Go back to the likes of Rush at Anfield. It's nice if they can do it outside of the box, but the bottom line is putting it where it matters on a regular basis. Lineker was another who'd be worth hundreds of millions in today's market for what he did wherever he went.
    Law played at a time when the rewards compared well with factory jobs, but nowhere near the silly money players get today. His reward was the adulation of the fans and cult status as a footballer.

    No possible in today’s game, when you see kids in the park falling down hurt like their heroes. Not long before grass is banned by the HSE.

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    A bit of trivia...

    Who scored 6 goals for Man City in one match and still ended up on the losing side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    Law played at a time when the rewards compared well with factory jobs, but nowhere near the silly money players get today. His reward was the adulation of the fans and cult status as a footballer.

    No possible in today’s game, when you see kids in the park falling down hurt like their heroes. Not long before grass is banned by the HSE.
    Lol.
    Did you vote Brexit, perchance, Switch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    A bit of trivia...

    Who scored 6 goals for Man City in one match and still ended up on the losing side?
    footballsite - Denis Law scores 6 goals in a match and finishes a loser!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Lol.
    Did you vote Brexit, perchance, Switch?
    Absent. Just curious/impatient about the outcome.

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    My claim to fame. My granny's sister's daughter was Dennis Laws mother.

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    I saw him, Bobby Charlton & George Best play at old Trafford when I was 7 years old, don't remember a thing about the football, but I do recall the very large uncouth chap stood next to me SHOUTING at the referee to "get some bloody glasses ref" I had never witnessed such shocking behaviour and language in public before
    I said a small prayer for him so that the ref wouldn't hear!

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    Fuck off bumping this shit, I thought he was dead!


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