It was in August 1968. Sir Matt Busby had just won the European Cup at United. I was actually going to Leeds – I’d turned down Arsenal and Chelsea among others. Don Revie approached me and said to just wait, so I spent all summer on the golf course, as my club Burnley had banned me from the ground – I couldn’t train or do anything. At the last minute, United came in for me. I was on the golf course when a guy called Jeff Mitten came up to me. It had just gone dark, and he was wearing a long trench coat and a flat cap – I thought it was someone out to get me! So I held my wedge in my hand and said, ‘What do you want?’ But he just told me that Sir Matt wanted me to go down and speak to him. So I did, and Matt asked me if there was anything I wanted. I said the no.7 shirt. He said, “OK, George can have the no.11.” And that was it. I didn’t really know what to say to him!
It was against Tottenham at Old Trafford. Just running out on the pitch and hearing the fans was phenomenal. We won 3-1. Following the previous Saturday’s defeat to Chelsea, in this match everything was wonderful! I was still a bit unfit, as I hadn’t played football all summer. Training was hard – it was very different from Burnley and I picked up a few strains here and there over the first few weeks.
My favourite game
I only scored one hat-trick, that was against QPR at Old Trafford [19 March 1969]. We beat them 8-1 and I scored three, one of which was the best goal I’d ever scored.