Memories of meeting football legend
SIR, – I was interested to read George Cowper’s words about Denis Law (Letters, November 29).
It would have been 1953. I was playing for Alford School in the final of the Donside Schools Cup against Powis School. I was playing right half and when we lined up for the start, I remember taking stock of my opponent in the opposition inside left position, and thinking I was in for an easy game as I regarded this slight, wispy, fair-haired lad half my size, and wearing these round National Health glasses. I was in for a shock! We lost the game 2-1, I think.
Many years later, while representing Highlands and Islands Development Board (HIDB) at an event in Manchester, I caught up with Denis.
Following the end of the ceremonials and speeches, I turned to Denis and said that I had played against him in the past, but it was a long time ago and he was unlikely to remember the event. I referred to the cup final.
He looked at me quizzically for a moment or two then said ‘I remember that game – I scored the first goal and laid on the second one!’ Little did we know that at that time he was already on form for Huddersfield.
Even at 14 he was a will o’ the wisp on the field, an exceptional talent destined for great things – and a proud Aberdonian to boot.
Bill Mackenzie, Brahan, Maryburgh, Ross-shire
Denis Law is hugged by a fan after Scotland beat England 3-2 at an international match at Wembley Stadium, London, April 1967