The Age Of Innocence

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The Age Of Innocence

Words by Mr Barney Ronay

15 October 2014

Sir Bobby Charlton and Mr George Best disappointed after a 4-1 defeat to Derby County in the final of the Watney Cup, August, 1970 Peter Robinson/ Press Association Images

Mr Best outside his shop in Manchester, 1970 Press Association Images

Juventus players line up at their training ground, 1971. Left to right: Messrs Gianluigi Roveta, Francesco Morini (standing), Helmut Haller, Gianpietro Marchetti, Luciano Spinosa, Roberto Bettega and Pietro Anastasi Popperfoto/ Getty Images

Portuguese star Eusébio and his wife in Lisbon, 1972 Agence FEP

The look for the alpha male footballer of the 1970s was not so much beatnik with a ball as successful Californian advertising agency executive

Pelé crosses a Manhattan street, 1978 Rex Features

Spectators on the Spion Kop at Hillsborough watch Leeds United and Manchester United draw 0-0, Sheffield, March 1970 Bob Thomas/ Getty Images

Left: The superstars of the North American Soccer League attracted people of all ages, including this New York Cosmos fan, 1978 Peter Robinson/ Press Association Images; Right: Mr Jack Charlton during a training session at Leeds, August 1970 Mirrorpix

Left: Mr Bobby Moore and Pelé swap shirts after Brazil beat England 1-0, Guadalajara, Mexico, June 1970 John Varley/ Offside Sports Photography; Right: Mr Best, Los Angeles, 1976 Rex Features

Mr Dino Zoff, Milan, June 1974 Mondadori/ Getty Images

The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s edited by Reuel Golden (Taschen)