Focus On; Peter Marinello

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Marinello started his career at Hibernian,[4] and could play either as a centre forward or right winger. He was regarded as being talented enough there that he was dubbed “the next George Best” by the British press.

In January 1970, a month before his 20th birthday, he joined Arsenal for £100,000, a club record fee at the time. The acquisition of Marinello also marked the first time that Arsenal had paid a six-figure sum for a player. He went on to score on his debut against Manchester United at Old Trafford on 10 January 1970.

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Focus On; Denis Smith

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Denis Smith (born 19 November 1947) is an English former professional footballer and manager. He made 531 appearances in all competitions in 15 seasons as a player in the Football League, and as a manager took charge for 1,195 competitive matches.

Born in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, he joined local club Stoke City as an amateur in 1964, making his first-team debut in September 1968. A hard-tackling defender, he soon established himself in the first team, playing in a centre-back partnership with Alan Bloor for much of his career. Stoke enjoyed one of the most successful periods of their history during his time at the club, as he helped Stoke to win the League Cup in 1972, featuring in successive FA Cup semi-finals in 1971 and 1972 and helping the club to successive fifth-place finishes in the First Division in 1973–74 and 1974–75. His bravery as a player meant that he also entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most injured man in football, although he was never able to fully recover after breaking his leg for the fifth time in his career in March 1975. He did manage to continue to play competitive football, and helped Stoke to win promotion from the Second Division in 1978–79. He missed the entire 1980–81 season due to injury, and left the club in May 1982.

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Focus On; David Best

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David Best (born 6 September 1943) is an English former professional footballer.[1] A goalkeeper, he made over 200 appearances for AFC Bournemouth, nearly 100 appearances for Oldham Athletic and 168 appearances for Ipswich Town between 1968 and 1974.

David Best on many occasions and particulary after a league cup tie at Craven Cottage against Fulham (2-2 draw by the way) in October 1973 warning him how nasty the Italians of Lazio would be on their return leg tie at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The match was played 10 days later and the Italians exceeded themselves in their animal like behavior.

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