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Denis Law: My Life in Football By Denis Law & Ivan Ponting

Release date: 01st September, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Denis Law, aka The King, one of a tiny band of British players to have been crowned European Footballer of the Year, is now in his seventieth year, though the image of him in full flow is burnished upon the consciousness of those of us lucky enough to have seen him play.

There was nothing Elvis-like about Law when he was playing though; his style combined admirable bravery and a unique poaching instinct as his record of 160 goals in 220 games for Manchester United proves.

Law was an integral part of a famed striking triumvirate (with Best and Charlton), with whom he twice won the league championship and a European Cup. He also accumulated 55 caps for Scotland, his most memorable performance being in 1967 when Scotland became the first team to defeat England, then reigning world champions.

The cover of this lavishly produced book depicts a typically athletic Law in full flight at Wembley: eye on the ball, shirt outside of his shorts and in the process of side-footing what looks like a precision cross.

Denis Law was a genuine footballing great, though the end of his career at Manchester United was especially poignant.

Incredibly, he was given a free transfer (aged just 33) and picked up by a struggling Manchester City. At one point, he was on the verge of being transferred to Bradford City, then in the Fourth Division, when he was selected for City's final match of the season, a derby at Old Trafford. Manchester United needed a win to avoid relegation, but with 8 minutes remaining, Law's final touch in professional football, a back-heel which flew past Alex Stepney, condemned United to the Second Division.

The picture which shows Law's reaction to his final goal at Old Trafford depicts a man with the heaviest of hearts. He later said it was one effort he would have preferred to go wide, a testament to the man's honesty so evident in his playing style too.


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