22 July 2017

Manchester United legend John Aston who played alongside George Best now sells dog food on a market stall

A MANCHESTER United legend who helped the team become European champs in 1968 is now more familiar with Pedigree Chum – working on a market stall selling pet food.

John Aston beat the likes of George Best and Bobby Charlton to be named man of the match when the Red Devils beat Benfica 4-1 – becoming the first English club to win the European Cup.

European Cup winner John Aston now sells pet food on a market stall

He played 155 times for United between 1965 and 1972 – scoring 25 goals.

But he has now carved out a career selling dog and cat food in Stalybridge, Gtr Manchester.

John, 70, said: “When my football career was coming to an end, as it does in your 30s, I thought about what to do next.

“My dad’s brother had around 30 pet shops all over the country, even stretching as far as Scotland.

“It was the family business and I started by helping out in the afternoons.

“I then ended up running a pet shop in Stalybridge so that’s where it came from.”

John Aston played for Sir Matt Busby’s Manchester United for seven years
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John Aston, third from right, at the Santiago Bernabeu after Manchester United beat Real Madrid in the 1968 European Cup semi-final


Former footballer John Aston runs the Petz World shop in Stalybridge

After hanging up his boots in 1979 he set up his market stall selling pet food and other animal supplies in Glossop, Derbyshire.

The grandad-of-three, who has been married to Gaynor for 48 years, also runs a shop called Petz World in nearby Stalybridge.

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