Focus On; Denis Law

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Law was offered a contract by Manchester City manager Johnny Hart. He scored two goals on his second debut for City, against Birmingham City in the opening game of the 1973–74 season. He made 27 full appearances and two as substitute in that season, including City’s 2–1 defeat in the League Cup final against Wolves.[43] In City’s last game of the 1973–74 season against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Law’s 81st-minute back-heeled goal gave City a 1–0 lead but, thinking his goal might relegate United, Law did not celebrate the goal. Results of the day’s other matches meant that United were relegated whatever their result, but Law did not know that at the time. A number of pitch invasions by United fans followed, and Law walked off the pitch with his head down as he was substituted. The pitch invasions forced the referee to abandon the game in the 85th minute. After a review, the Football League decided that the result should stand.

Law had a contract with Manchester City for the 1974–75 season, but new manager Tony Book told him that he would only be playing reserve team football if he stayed at the club. He did not want to end his career in this way, so he retired from professional football in the summer of 1974. Law played two games for Manchester City in the season 1974–75, in the pre-season Texaco Cup tournament, scoring the last goal of his career in the game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 6 August 1974. His last professional game was the 2–1 victory against Oldham Athletic at Maine Road on 10 August 1974. He formally retired on 26 August 1974.


  • Full Name: Denis Law
  • Position: Forward
  • Date of Birth: 24.02.1940
  • Birthplace: Aberdeen
  • Nation: Scotland
    • Full Caps: 55
  • Major League Career
    • 1956-60, Huddersfield Town (81/16)
    • 1960-61, Manchester City (44/21)
    • 1961-62, Torino (27/10)
    • 1962-73, Manchester United (309/171)
    • 1973-74, Manchester City (24/9)
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