ON 6 MAY 1967, Manchester United sealed the League championship in spectacular style, thrashing West Ham 6-1 at Upton Park. They had needed only a point, but were 3-0 up after 10 minutes, the third goal being scored by their veteran defender, Bill Foulkes. It was a rare moment: in a career spanning 19 seasons and almost 700 matches, Foulkes was on the scoresheet only nine times.
At Christie's in Glasgow last October, Foulkes sold all his medals - including one for the 1968 European Cup - along with other memorabilia for almost pounds 35,000. By his own admission, he needed the money. 'They meant a lot to me, but I still have the memories,' he said. With David Sadler and Harry McShane, Foulkes, who survived the 1958 Munich air crash, is a co- founder of United's former players' association.
After retiring as a player in 1970, Foulkes stayed with United as a coach, beginning a successful second career that took him to North America, Norway and Japan, where his contract ended in 1989. Now, aged 61, he lives with his wife Teresa in a flat near Old Trafford, and works for an auto-electrical company in Oswestry.
'I still watch United. It is a different game from my day: the good players have much less space. But I find it entertaining and I think United are better prepared to win the title than they were last season.'
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