Mem­o­ries of meet­ing foot­ball legend

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

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

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