Football speaker and former player Denis Law CBE is one of the most successful Scottish players in British footballing history, with more than a decade spent at Manchester United “the Lawman” continues to be a popular sports speaker at club events and to this day holds the number 3 spot on the club’s goal scoring chart, topped only by team mate and fellow football speaker Bobby Charlton and more recently Wayne Rooney who succeeds him.
Beginning his career aged just sixteen Denis Law CBE spent his first four years at Huddersfield Town until he was bought by Manchester City for a record-breaking transfer fee, spending just a single season with the club Law went on to break a second transfer fee record when he moved to Italian club Torino in 1961. During his time at Torino, Law was voted number one foreign player in Italy before he forced through a move to Old Trafford. Though his years at Huddersfield, Manchester City and Torino were successful and marked Law as a talented centre forward it was not until he returned to the UK in 1962 to join Manchester United that Law truly found his feet. Part of the League Cup winning team in both ’65 and ‘67 Law holds many a fond memory of his time at United and, to this day, makes regular appearances at club after dinner speaker events.
During his time at United, Law scored a number of goals early in the 1963–64 season and was selected to play for a Rest of the World side against England at Wembley, scoring their goal in a 2–1 defeat. He later described this as the greatest honour of his career. In 1964–65, Law won the Ballon d'Or award, and Manchester United won their first league title since Munich. Law's 28 league goals that season made him the First Division's top scorer. United went on to win the League title once again in the 1966-67 season followed by winning the European Cup just a season later, the first time in the club’s history.
Retiring in 1975 Denis continues to hold the record of most goals scored in a single season for Manchester United and for most goals scored for his national team, Scotland. Law was capped fifty-five times for his home team and played as part of their 1974 World Cup team. Denis Law CBE is the only Scottish player to be awarded the Ballon d’Or which he won in 1964. As well as working as an after-dinner speaker for Manchester United, Denis Law CBE has been called upon a number of times to appear as a sports speaker for the Scottish national team and is still considered one of the greatest players in the club’s history.
Since his retirement Denis has appeared a number of times on both television and radio as a summarizer and football speaker, commentating on a variety of football games; he was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002 in recognition of his impact on the English game and, that same year, United erected a statue of Law at the Scoreboard End at Old Trafford and in 2010 he replaced the late Sir Bobby Robson as the Patron of the UK charity Football Aid.
A true legend of the game in every sense, the former player who was recognised as the best player in the world in 1964 is available as a football speaker for your event. A unique, inspiring and special insight into the mind and career of a footballing great truly is an opportunity not to missed. A charming and charismatic personality who has achieved more than many ever will in football and part of an exclusive group of players who have won the Ballon d’Or and Hall of Fame, Law really will be a magnificent addition to your event through his capacity as a football speaker.