August 22nd, 2011
Manchester United Foundation 4-4 George Best Foundation
For the second year running, the George Best Memorial Trophy sponsored by the George Best Foundation, welcomed teenagers from Manchester and Belfast to compete for a beautiful, Tyrone Crystal trophy.
Last year it was the Manchester lads who proudly took the trophy back to Old Trafford where it has been displayed in the museum.
This year once again, it was a hard fought first leg, ending in a 4-4 draw, so it is all to play for in the return leg in the ‘Belfast Boy’s’ home city on Thursday 22nd September.
The game will kick off at Glentoran Football Club’s ground, The Oval, in east Belfast. The first leg was contested by youngsters picked from hundreds who attended the Manchester United Foundation’s Friday night soccer schools. Similarly the George Best Foundation team, Belfast Diverse was selected from over five hundred young people who attended the Midnight Street Soccer schemes in Belfast.
United’s legends Alex Stepney and Paddy Crerand-team mates of George watched from the sidelines at United’s Carrington training ground, alongside Norman McNarry, the husband of George’s sister, Barbara. Paddy said “I think it’s lovely to see the kids coming down here. It’s a great thrill for them to be at a top class football club.”
Former United right back Gary Neville, who came along to meet the players said:
“George Best is part of Old Trafford folklore. His name is synonymous with football genius. This tournament epitomises the spirit of George-lads from the streets of Manchester and Belfast, displaying their passion for football and hopefully building a better future for themselves.”