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Updated on December 31, 2010

George Best Biography

Whether your a Manchester United fan or not, maybe not even interested in football and regardless of your age, you will probably of heard of George Best. If you never got to see him play you may have seen some old footage of the magic he possessed. Probably the first football celebrity superstar, he was as iconic off the field as on it.

George Best was born on the 22nd of May 1946 and sadly left us on November 25th 2005, but his memory will live on. A Manchester United legend, he spent over a decade at the club and left countless memories.

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George Best Chronology - Part 1

1946 - (22nd May) George Best was born in Belfast

1961 - (16th Aug) George joins Manchester United as an amateur

1963 - (22nd May) Signs proffesional forms with Manchester United

(14th Sept) - Makes his league debut at home to WBA aged just 17

(28th Dec) - Scores his first league goal against Burnley at old trafford

1964 - (15th April) George Best makes his debut for Northern Ireland - They beat Wales 3-2

(14th Nov) - Scores his first goal for his country against Switzerland

1965 - George Best helps United to their first league championship win in eight years

1966 - (9th Mar) Best scores twice against Benfica in the European cup quarter final second leg helping united beat their hosts 5-1. This performance earned George Best the nickname 'El Beatle'

1967) - Manchester United win the league championship

1968 - (4th May) George best is named British footballer of the year

(29th May) United beat Benfica 4-1 at wembley stadium to lift the European cup, Best helps them on their way by scoring

(16th Oct) George is sent off at old trafford for the first time in his career

1969 - (5th April) George Best is awarded the European fotballer of the year award

1970 - (7th Feb) Best scores six as United beat Northampton 8-2

(18th april) Whilst playing Scotland George best is sent off for throwing mud at the referee

1971 - (17th Nov) George is the star of 'this is your life' tv programme

1972 - (20th May) George Best announces he is retiring from football

(7th July) - Announces he will once again play for Manchester United

(19th Dec) - Annouces for the second time he is retiring from football

1973 - (28th Aug) Under new Manchester United boss Tommy Docherty Best makes a short comeback

1974 - (1st Jan) George Best play his last game for United

(May & Jun) Plays briefly in Johannesburg

1975 - (8th Nov) George is released from his contract at Manchester United

(10th Nov) Signs for Stockport county to play home games for 1 month

(Dec) Signs for the Los Angeles Aztecs in the North American soccer league and makes three appearances for Cork Celtic

A moving tribute to George Best

Famous George Best quotes

I used to go missing a lot...Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World.

I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.

I was in for 10 hours and had 40 pints - beating my previous record by 20 minutes (on a blood transfusion for his liver transplant, not on his Drinking)

Robert Redford used to be such a handsome man and now look at him: everything has dropped, expanded and turned a funny colour.

He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn't score many goals. Apart from that he's all right (his assesment of Manchester United's David Beckham)

I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.

I'd have to be superman to do some of the things I'm supposed to have done, I've been at six different places at six different times.

I'm OK. Much better than on other occasions. It's true that I've made lots of mistakes but I've never tried to bother anyone. I want to stay alive, preferably in peace, without seeing every one of my mistakes in the papers, and on many occasions, even stories that are lies

That's what children do - throw food. That's not fighting. We were real men. We'd have chinned them

In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.

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George Best Chronology - Part 2

1976 - (12th Aug) George Best signs to play for Fulham

(13th Oct) - Makes a comeback appearance against Holland for Northern Ireland

1977 - (12th Oct) George makes his last of 37 international appearances against Holland in Belfast

(12th Nov) Plays his final game for Fulham

1978 - (24th Jan) In Las Vegas George marries Angela MacDonald Janes, aged 25

(20th June) Plays his last game against the Washington Diplomats for the Los Angeles Aztecs and transfers to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Receives a FIFA ban worldwide for playing matches in Europe despite registration with Fulham

1979 - (28th Mar) The FIFA ban is lifted

(16th Nov) Signs for Hibernian

(Oct) George Best is refused a testimonial by Manchester United

1980 - (13th Apr) Signs for The San Jose Earthquakes to play in the NASL

(11th Oct) Plays his last game for Hibernian

1981 - (6th Feb) George's son is born in San Jose (Calum Best)

(19th Aug) Best plays his last game in the NASL

1982 - George Best is declared bankrupt

1983 - (24th Mar) Signs for AFC Bournemouth

(7th May) George makes his last league appearance against Wigan Athletic

(3rd Jul) Plays for the Brisbane Lions very briefly in Australia

1984 - (3rd Nov) Charged with a drink driving offence

1985 - (8th Feb) After serving 8 weeks george best is released from prison

1987 - (Dec) Refused a testimonial game by the Irish FA

1988 - (8th Aug) Friends organise a testimonial in Belfast and help George stave off bankruptcy by raising £75,000

1990 - (19th Sep) George Best make his now famous appearance on the Wogan show

1995 - (24th Jul) George marries again to Alex Pursey

2000 - (9th Mar) George has suspected liver failure and is rushed to hospital

(13th Apr) Leaves hospital

2001 - (13th Dec) Presented with a honorary degree in Belfast from the Queens university

2002 - (3rd Apr) Given the freedom of the area of East Belfast where he grew up - Castlereagh

(30th Jul) Admitted to hospital for a liver transplant

(8th Dec) George Best is awarded the lifetime achievement award from the BBC sports personality

2003 - (8th Mar) For the second time George Best is the subject of 'this is your life'

2004 - (2nd Feb) George is banned from driving for 20 months after drink driving

(14th Apr) Alex divorces George after 9 years of marriage

2005 - (1st Oct) George is admitted to hospital with flu like symptoms

(25th Nov) George Best passes away

Tale of the tape

George Best's playing career

05/1963 - 01/1974

Manchester United

Total appearances 466

Total goals 178

05/1974 - 06/1974

Jewish Guild

Total apps 5

Total goals 0

11/1975 - 12/1975

Stockport County

Total apps 3

Total goals 2

12/1975 - 01/1976

Cork Celtic

Total apps 3

Total goals 2

09/1976 - 05/1977 & 09/1977 - 11/1977


Total apps 47

Total goals 12

11/1979 - 04/1980 & 09/1980 - 10/1980


Total apps 22

Total goals 3

03/1983 - 05/1983

AFC Bournemouth

Total apps 5

Total goals 0


Brisbane lions

Total apps 4

Total goals 0

Tale of the tape in the States

04/1976 - 08/1976 & 05/1977 - 08/1977 & 04/1978 - 06/1978

Los Angeles Aztecs

Total apps 61

Total goals 29

06/1978 - 08/1978 & 03/1979 - 07/1979

Fort Lauderdale strikers

Total apps 33

Total goals 7

04/1980 - 08/1980 & 03/1981 - 08/1981

San Jose Earthquakes

Total apps 56

Total goals 21

In total George Best played 734 games scoring a total of 250 goals

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      Awesome, only ever saw him play once. Fulham vs Nottingham Forest

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      There was nobody to touch him. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice tribute lens, 5*****. Well I was always a Spurs fan, so my heroes were Jimmy Greaves, Allan Gilzean and Pat Jennings. George was a highly talented player, almost certainly the best of his day.

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      A wonderful player, when he got the ball you held your breath wondering what he'd do next. I like to remember him as he was in his prime I've got his autograph!

      Great 5* lens


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      Susanna Duffy 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Best was indeed the best! 5*

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      ols 9 years ago

      As a Manchester United fan I can really appreciate this lens. Best was truly one of the greats in world football. I remember him when he first arrived at Old Trafford. He actually stayed in someone`s home in Chorlton, Manchester, until he`d settled in to life in Manchester, and got very rich. A pity he self-destructed through fame.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Oh, I remember George Best. He gave our German National Team a lot of trouble...

      A hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this fabulous tribute to a great footballer!

      (You have a pic of Joe Pasquale?)

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      csidaway 9 years ago

      A true genious! Arguably the greatest player of all time and what a great lens this is in his memory! I really enjoyed this lens!

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      Spook LM 9 years ago

      Without a shadow of a doubt,he was the best football player ever, bar Pele. Such a sad life, in that he had big problems with no- one to help him at that time. So sad.I personally thought he was magic as a player and iconic. Sadly he could never overcome his addiction to the booze. Funny quotes, so typical of him. Great lens.