George Best Horror Tackle Against City’s Glyn Pardoe, 1970: Video
If you think modern-day tackles by the likes of Nigel de Jong and Ryan Shawcross are horrible, take a look at the above video from a 1970 Manchester derby where United legend George Best comes late to a ball and fiercely tackles City’s Glyn Pardoe. The result was a horrific broken leg for Pardoe, a double fracture in fact, and the referee didn’t even immediately stop the play to award a foul or red card.
It was the assistant referee who called the attention of the ref. And it was only then that the game was stopped since Pardoe was obviously in pain and unable to continue. At that point, the ref saw the devastation of what happened and awarded Best a yellow card.
The video also features possibly the first utterance of the classic phrase “He’s not that kind of player.”
Watch the video interview between Jimmy Hill and Malcolm Allison to see and hear their analysis of the incident as well as the goalmouth incidents.