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Cliff's United memories - the United Trinity

Posted on 14 March 2015  - 10:00

As we continue to reflect with Cliff Jones on some of his memorable battles with Manchester United during in his 10 years at Spurs, three names always come to the fore – Charlton, Best and Law, the ‘United Trinity’.

The unveiling of the 'United Trinity' statue at Old Trafford - to the right, Best, Law, CharltonDave Mackay and Denis Law with the Charity Shield, 1967

Cliff experienced all the highs and lows against United between 1958-68, a decade that saw us win the double in 1961, the FA Cup in 1962 and 1967 and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1963.

During the same time, United won the FA Cup in 1963, the title in 1965 and 1967 and then the European Cup in 1968, driven by all-time greats Charlton, Best and Law.

Cliff on Sir Bobby Charlton: “Bobby never seemed to get into the penalty box and I can barely remember him scoring a header – apart from the European Cup Final in 1968 of course! His goals were always absolute screamers - left foot, right foot, he would rip them into the net. He was such a stylish player as well, Bobby. He made the game look easy. He had great stamina, pace and skill, he had the lot really.”

Cliff on George Best: “I can remember playing against Northern Ireland for Wales at the Vetch Field, Swansea in 1964. In goal that day for Northern Ireland, making his debut, was Pat Jennings and playing outside right, George Best. At one point, Pat caught the ball one-handed and then volleyed it 50 yards straight to George, who went through our defence and set-up the third goal! Wow! They beat us 3-2 that day. George, he had it all. It’s all been said about him and I can’t really add any more. He had the commitment, desire and all the skill in the world but he was so brave as well, George took some tackles but always came back for more.”

Cliff on Denis Law: “You just knew anytime the ball went into the box, Denis would be right there on the scene. He was great in the air, fearless, and scored with both feet. He was the complete player. At his peak, he was one of the best strikers in the world, especially when he played for Scotland. Dave Mackay was the same when he pulled on that Scottish jersey.”

Cliff's United memories - the great games, Duncan Edwards