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charleyfarley 5:43 Fri Oct 30
Nobby Stiles RIP
aged 78
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Pl_SKwrMc

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wd40 4:27 Sun Nov 1
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He never once put his hands behind his back on facing a attacker or turned away thinking he would get the ball in his face as it might hurt a little.

wd40 4:27 Sun Nov 1
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
He never once put his hands behind his back on facing a attacker or turned away thinking he would get the ball in his face as it might hurt a little.

ted fenton 3:40 Sun Nov 1
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
More sad news

Sir Bobby Charlton, the England and Manchester United great, has been diagnosed with dementia.

The news was disclosed to The Telegraph on Sunday with the blessing of the World Cup winner's wife, Lady Norma Charlton.

Sir Bobby, 83, becomes the fifth player from England's 1966 World Cup-winning team to have been diagnosed with the neurological disease.

Johnson 12:04 Sat Oct 31
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
Who to believe, comma or Pat Crerand?

Tough one that.

Far Cough 11:48 Sat Oct 31
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
I didn't say he was

, 11:46 Sat Oct 31
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
Farc, Stiles was not a centre half.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 11:39 Sat Oct 31
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I think this is Pat Crerand yesterday


“You couldn't believe that Nobby Styles off the pitch was the same person as he was on it. He was the total opposite. “I got to know him really well at Manchester United. He was about 5ft 6in or something and you were thinking how could somebody that height be a central defender/midfielder?'

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 11:32 Sat Oct 31
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FC

Yes, mate. There's a whole chapter on it in his book.

Far Cough 11:22 Sat Oct 31
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
Surf, are you sure, I would have thought at 5' 5" Nobby would have been way too small to play at centre half?

Westham67 11:13 Sat Oct 31
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
RIP

cholo 10:21 Sat Oct 31
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
R.I.P Nobby, almost the last of a dying breed.

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 2:26 Sat Oct 31
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comma

Stiles played a lot at centre-back as anyone who has read his autobiography, After the Ball', would know This writer obviously does, though I notice very few have done their research properly.:

'Though his fame was founded on his prowess as a ball-winner, whether operating alongside centre-back Bill Foulkes for Matt Busby’s team or patrolling in front of the back four in the international arena, it was as an attacking inside-forward that Stiles had hoped to make his mark after enlisting at Old Trafford as a United-mad teenager in 1957...

Still, though, he was deployed mainly as an attacking wing-half or inside-forward, and though he was in the team more often than not, there was a growing feeling that maybe he was not destined to excel at the top level.

The turning point arrived, in the form of Paddy Crerand, who was signed from Celtic in February 1963. Looking at the scope and variety of the gifted Scotπs distribution made Stiles realise that a change of emphasis was essential, and he identified the position alongside the centre-half in Matt Busbyπs new 4-2-4 formation as his preferred option.

However, that berth was filled already by a fine player, Maurice Setters, and it took a slice of ill fortune for the rugged West Countryman – a knee injury suffered in a stumble in a hotel foyer in Lisbon – to give Stiles his chance.

When it arrived he seized it avidly, striking up a metronomically reliable and mutually beneficial partnership with big Bill Foulkes. The two men complemented each other perfectly, Foulkes dominant in aerial combat, Stiles dropping off and neutralising danger with a mixture of fearsome tackling and almost uncannily precise interception, a massively underrated facet of his game.

Neither man was a showboater, instead being content to win the ball and then offer a short pass to more creative colleagues, such as Pat Crerand, Bobby Charlton or George Best, which suited ideally the needs of the team.

Part of the central defensive duo’s no-nonsense method was never to speak to their opposition on the pitch. Some forwards were chatty, trying to distract their markers, while others adopted a more offensive approach, issuing dire threats of physical violence. But Stiles and Foulkes could not be intimidated and kept their mouths shut, preferring not to warn opponents when they were about to be rattled by a sudden challenge, retaining the vital element of surprise.

Thus Stiles, his timing improved hugely by the use of contact lenses, became a bastion of the side which won the league in 1964-65 and 1966-67, then capped the achievement by European Cup triumph in 1968.
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Any Old Iron 12:16 Sat Oct 31
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I saw Nobby Stiles play a number of games in the flesh and don't remember him being particularly dirty. Certainly not in the same league as such scum as 'chopper' Harris or Hunter.

RIP Nobby.

gph 11:19 Fri Oct 30
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Terribly short-sighted.

Like me. But I always wore my specs when playing, until my first pair of contact lenses

Can't conceive of playing in an immense cloud of fog (not quite the same, but everthing was a blur without specs/lenses).

, 10:50 Fri Oct 30
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
Stiles played for both ManU and England as a defensive or holding midfielder.

charleyfarley 10:27 Fri Oct 30
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Far Cough 10:07 ag ag love those anecdotes I do miss the great old characters in the game, everything is so sanitised these days

Far Cough 10:10 Fri Oct 30
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
Nobby was related by marriage to Johnny Giles both names are cockney rhyming slang for Chalfonts :-)

jim@chickenrun 10:10 Fri Oct 30
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Rip Nobby....ahhh.. the 60,s when 25 year old men had no teeth!

Far Cough 10:07 Fri Oct 30
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"Alf always called me by my full name of Norbert. Just before the Portugal match he took me to one side and said: 'Norbert, I want you to take Eusebio out,'" Stiles said.

"I replied: 'Do you mean for the game Alf, or for good?'"

Lato 10:02 Fri Oct 30
Re: Nobby Stiles RIP
RIP Nobby

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 9:51 Fri Oct 30
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I'm not sure Nobby couldn't have played today. He played mostly at CB for Man U, where his pace and hard but mostly fair tackling made him a formidable opponent. Plus, the boy had a hell of an engine.

I think it was only Sir Alf that used him as a hatchet man.

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