FORMER Town ace Denis Law celebrated his 65th birthday - and recalled how the Examiner played a crucial role in the most memorable moment of a glittering career.
While he missed out on Manchester United's 1968 European Cup success because of injury, Law won the League title and FA Cup while at Old Trafford.
As well as turning out for Manchester City (in two spells) and Torino, he also played 55 times for Scotland, ending his career at the 1974 World Cup.
But, he revealed, the first call-up was the most thrilling, and that's where the Examiner came in.
"I was walking through the town centre on my way home and bought copy of the Examiner from a street seller," he yesterday recalled of the moment in October 1958.
"Before I could open the paper to look at the sports pages, the chap told me I'd been picked by Scotland to play against Wales.
"Out of everything I achieved in the game, that was without doubt the sweetest moment."
Having been the then-youngest Town player at 16 years, 303 days when he faced Notts County on Christmas Eve 1956, Law became the youngest Scotland debutant when he scored in the 3-0 win in Cardiff 22 months later.
In March 1960, his £55,000 move from Town to Maine Road smashed the British transfer record.
Having joined Town at 15 on the recommendation of then-manager Andy Beattie's brother Archie, Aberdeen-born Law, who signed his first professional contract 48 years ago today, scored 19 times in 91 appearances for Town.
Over his career, he plundered more than 300 goals from just under 600 matches.