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TOWN v TORINO - THE DENIS LAW DERBY

4 August 2017

- Today's match has significant meaning for one former Town player
- Denis Law played for both Town and Torino during his career
- Law began his career at Town, joined Torino in 1961 for £110,000

Today’s game between Huddersfield Town and Torino may only be a friendly to most but to Terriers legend, Denis Law, it’s a clash between two of his former employers.

Having joined in 1955, Law made his debut for Bill Shankly’s Town side at the age of 16 in an FA Cup game against Peterborough in 1956. The young Scot was a scorer in a 3-1 win, where he and 16 year-old Kevin McHale formed the youngest right side in Town’s history.

During the 1957/58 season at the age of 17, Law made 18 appearances in the second tier of English football for Town scoring five goals. The striker then became his nation’s youngest player of the century making his international debut for Scotland that same season.

When Bill Shankly left Town, it was fully expected that Law would follow his previous manager to Liverpool, but instead joined Manchester City for a British record transfer fee of £55,000. It is said that Town used some of this money to purchase the first set of floodlights at Leeds Road.

Having spent a season at Man City, Law made the next big move of his career moving to today’s opposition, Torino. The Italian giants spent £110,000 to bring the Scot to Turin in the summer of 1961.

During his year-long spell at Torino, Law still hit the British headlines having received a £13 fine for ‘incorrect behaviour’ on the field!

Denis’ time at Turin came to an end in 1962, following a reported fall out with then manager, Beniamino Santon. Law was transferred back to England for another British transfer record fee of £115,000 to Manchester United.

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