Legends: Geoff Bent


By Worried Turkey.

Geoff Bent – aged 25, full-back. 12 appearances.

Unfortunately for Bent, despite his tenacious tackling, cool distribution and youthful pace, he spent his short career as an understudy to established full-backs Roger Byrne and Bill Foulkes, filling in on either side of the defence for a mere 12 league games.

Nevertheless, Bent was immensely loyal and proud of playing for Manchester United. His most treasured possession was a newspaper photograph of him tackling the legendary Tom Finney. Geoff Bent was one of the best players not to have played regularly for United that I can remember, he would have walked into and been a regular at any other first division side.

When Geoff matured and reached his twenties there were many clubs after him but he stayed loyal. He could look after himself and was a great tackler. Roger Byrne was a consistent player and very brave – the reason why Geoff played so few games. We were a very lucky team in the fact people like Geoff Bent was Man United through and through, he never complained, never asked for a transfer and was willing to bide his time… when you look ‘the United way’ has always been the same, it still applies today and hopefully will go on in the future. Players are or were willing to stay because of tradition & history and to be just a minuscule part of United is something to cherish….

Well that was all the United players who died at Munich… I am so sorry I cannot do these people justice…

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