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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.


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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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