Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Britain says " Happy Birthday" to Nobby Stiles
Nobby Stiles or 'Norbet' is 68 today.
He played in the 1966 'World Cup' which England won and old Brits will remember :
But what you didn't know about Nobby :
* grew up in Collyhurst, a working class, heavily Irish Catholic neighbourhood of north Manchester.
* played for England Schoolboys at the age of 15.
* was an unlikely footballer : was very small, a wearer of dentures, nearly bald at a young age and suffered from severe short sightedness.
* but had fearless ball-winning skills.