Off topic: spoke for an hour to Denis in the early 80s at a photographer’s near the Round Toll in Glasgow. He used to do a newspaper advert for AT Mays (older bears!) and was in for the promotional shots. He talked at length about Manchester and Italy, and said how lucky he was to have made a living doing the thing he loved.
He came across as a smashing chap, but years later Jonathon Watson’s parody chimed as I could hear Denis’ voice saying “Torino” etc.
Different type of players. Greaves an excellent but out and out striker while Denis Law was a more all round player but who could score regularly. Difficult to separate them. Thread brought back a great memory. I was doing my national service near Salisbury and travelled to Cardiff to watch Scotland defeat Wales 3-0. There was a young bloke from Huddersfield Town, making his Scotland debut. His name was Denis Law. Whoever spotted him and recommended that he should be capped certainly did both Denis Law and Scotland a big favour.
Greaves every day of the week for me. I saw a fair bit of Law when he was playing for Scotland and to be honest I never really understood why there was so much hype about him. To me he always seemed to blow hot and cold Although Greaves was far less spectacular, I always thought that he was the better goalscorer.
Two fantastic players in their own style. If I had to choose one it would be Jimmy Greaves but only just.
Lucky to have seen both play. Dennis for Scotland and Jimmy for the great Spurs side that beat us 3 - 2 at Ibrox in the 60's
both great players and I mean great, wouldn't like to seperate them, I often wonder how some of the greats of the past would prosper in todays game given the emphasis on athleticism rather than the skill to beat a man or poach a goal, f uck im old
Like chaste I,m edging towards vintage and have wondered the same,believe both law and greaves played with John white Scotland and spurs.Players to get the adrenalin going, must say a messi Ronaldo or aguero are not to bad.beautiful game ?
Jimmy was the greatest goalscorer of his era.
I have often said that had he remained in the England side in 1966, then England would have won the cup far more convincingly without the need for extra time in the final.
Jimmy would today be a knight of the realm and no one would know who Geoff Hurst was outside of Upton Park.
That said, Denis had a far more intriguing mercurial element to his game than Jimmy.
Jimmy would punish every single weakness a defence had, yet Denis could find a way to punish a defence that had no weakness.
Denis was a different type of player.
Interestingly Jimmy successfully played alongside Alan Gilzean, who was similar to the Lawman, if not just quite his equal.
I would love to have seen Jimmy alongside Denis.
They would have destroyed any team in the world and then had time in the second half to fck off to the pub for a pint.
Jimmy buying of course!
I was lucky enough to see both of them and they were both fabulous players. Greaves was tremendously fast over a few yards and Law was dynamic in the box, on the ground and in the air. To close to call for me.
Greaves was a poacher who was brilliant at sticking the ball in the onion bag,but i think Law worked harder off the ball, and could also score goals from when he was a boy of 15 yrs old.
Personally i prefered the Lawman, especially when he played against England.Great player.