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The Long-Arm of the Law



Denis Law

The Long-Arm of the Law

As United await the return of their soldier-of-fortune; spare a thought for The Lawman.

Well-nigh six decades have passed since his ‘Italian-Job’ (also), lost its allure.

Swapping sun-kissed Turin for slate-grey northern skies; he too sought to re-engage with life’s fundamentals.

Denis Law, though Born in Aberdeen – was unquestionably made-in-Manchester.

The former schoolboy international made his professional bow (aged 16), on Christmas Eve 1956. During a four-year apprenticeship at second division Huddersfield Town, Denis was guided by (among others), future Liverpool legend Bill Shankly.

Long-feted by fellow-icon Matt Busby; Law’s route to Old Trafford proved circuitous. He duly arrived in August 1962, via Manchester City and Torino.

During a glittering 11-year adventure; Denis and United enjoyed unqualified success. The FA Cup was secured during his breakthrough season (1962-63), swiftly followed by First Division Titles in season (1964-65), and (1967-68).

The pinnacle for Busby et al, arrived in 1968. European Cup glory was achieved (Wembley Stadium), following an extra-time victory over a Eusebio-inspired Benfica. Unfortunately; Denis missed the showpiece fixture through injury.

However; career milestones provided ample compensation for the revered goal-getter. Records reveal that Denis bagged 237 from 404 United appearances – placing him third, in the clubs all-time goal-scoring list. Indeed in season (1963-64), his record tally of 46, helped secure the prestigious Ballon d’Or. (To-date, the only Scotsman to have received this award).

Law is forever associated with United’s ‘Holy Trinity’, – (a triumvirate immortalised in bronze no-less), alongside contemporaries Bobby Charlton, and the late-great Georgie Best.

Law’s iconic (one-arm-due-north), goal salute, was also used to great effect on the international stage. The fiercely proud Scot represented his country on 55 occasions. His 30-goal return remains a national record  – alongside Scotland’s finest, Kenny Dalglish.

Whilst the circumstances surrounding the present-day Old Trafford returnee, appear somewhat messier; Cristiano’s Footballing credentials remain beyond reproach.

Doubters need only ask ‘The Lawman.’


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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.


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