Tuesday 21 February 2017

Giles is still on a search for beauty and truth

Published 14/10/2012 | 05:00

The football legend knows how to distinguish greatness, says Declan Lynch, who has written a new book with him

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WHEN he was a small boy, John Giles would hear his father and other football men arguing about whether Stanley Matthews was better than Tom Finney. They would argue their cases with total conviction, untroubled by the fact that they'd hardly ever seen Matthews or Finney actually playing, either in real life or by any other means.

To the young Giles, it was enormously frustrating to hear this talk of great players who seemed to belong to some distant world. Because he really wanted to know how good these guys were, if they were all they were cracked up to be, or if they were actually better than that.

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