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.

6 thoughts on “George Best Horror Tackle Against City’s Glyn Pardoe, 1970: Video”

  1. Cheers Gaffer. I find these old TV interviews fascinating. I think Jimmy Hill is still doing interviews on Sky on weekend mornings, isn’t he?

    Malcom Allison, who passed away this year, is a fascinating character. This is the first time I’ve seen an interview with him.

    Did Glyn Pardoe ever come back from that horrific injury? Looking at the footage, I would doubt it.


    1. Parky, great question about what happened to Glyn Pardoe. Here’s what Wikipedia revealed:

      “Pardoe’s career was threatened in 1970 when he broke his leg in a tackle with George Best in a Manchester derby, with doctors at one point fearing that the limb would have to be amputated. The injury sidelined him for nearly two years, and by the time he returned Willie Donachie had established himself as first choice left back. From this point his first-team appearances were limited, mainly playing at right back during his spells in the side. He retired in 1976, taking a place on the coaching staff, and remained at the club until 1992.”

      So based on the above information, Pardoe was able to continue playing but the tackle by Best definitely had a massive impact on his career.

      Regarding Jimmy Hill, he used to have a Sunday morning show on Sky, but I don’t believe he’s on television anymore.

      The Gaffer

  2. my how times have changed. it this were wenger he’d be fuming mad. the city coach is just smiling away like nothing big has happened.

  3. I can’t watch the whole thing right now, I scanned it but did not see the actual foul. Is that included ? At what point ?

  4. OK I found it. In all honesty it didn’t look that bad. Sure it was a bad injury but Best just went for a ball he was too slow to get, it’s hard to say there was much intent (though it can be made to look that way of course). I think the outcome of tackles (injuries) often effects how we view the actual tackle itself.

    It’s at the 4:08 mark.

  5. I also think this was mostly bad luck and not that horrible of a tackle. Clumsy sure, but I don’t see how anyone can see an intent to injure here.

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