Man Utd legend Denis Law uses sneaky prank to make sure he always wins bets

Football hero Denis Law used a sneaky prank to make sure that he always won bets.

The Manchester United legend, 80, stuck pennies together so he had one with two heads and ­another with two tails.

The ex-Scotland striker, would use the scam on away days when there was a coin toss to decide who was going to pick up the tab.

He got team-mate Paddy Crerand, 81, in on the act.

And former United keeper Alex Stepney said: “We had a few Scotsmen in the squad – namely two internationals, Mr Law and Mr Crerand, and as you know, Scotsmen don’t have pockets.

“And what we used to do before games when we travelled away to London or wherever we were on a Friday, the usual thing was to have dinner and go for a film.

“There would be a toss up for the taxis and we all had the old pennies and the odd man out paid for the taxi – no problem.

“We’d get to Leicester Square Odeon, paid for the tickets and chocolates – toss up, odd man out – no problem.

“Well, Law and Crerand, never ever lost – they would even get chocolates for the wives, big Cadbury milk tray chocolates, boxes of them to take home, and then taxi back – and we couldn’t understand it.”

Alex, 78, reckons he and other players shelled out hundreds before devious Denis was eventually rumbled.

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He added: “What we didn’t know was that Denis knew an engineer and he got the pennies chamfered down and had stuck together two heads and two tails.

“It was a classic and it was typical Denis Law.

“Matt Busby took us to Blackpool for a get-together for a few days, Denis’s coin hit the tile in the foyer and split open – Nobby Stiles saw it. So we found them out, hundreds of pounds later.”

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