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Book Extract: IMMORTAL: The Approved Biography of George Best

November 7th, 2013

9781846059810IMMORTAL, by Duncan Hamilton, is the official new biography of George Best. A reviewer calls it a ‘marvellous and affecting book, which is about love and fatherhood and history and manners as much as it is about football’.

Here is a brief extract from the biography – for more details (including on where to buy the book), click here.


United win on 50th anniversary of George Best’s debut for the club

September 16th, 2013

Manchester United recorded a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday, with superstars Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney getting the goals. Although the three points were much needed, the game also marked the 50th anniversary of the debut of one of the club’s best-ever players.

United beat West Brom 1-0 on Saturday, September 14, 1963, with 17-year-old George Best in the Red Devils’ starting line-up for the first time. He would go on to make 470 appearances for the Old Trafford side in all competitions, scoring 179 goals in a glorious 11-year period.

He won two top-flight titles and the European cup in 1968, while his individual performances were recognised with the Ballon d’Or also.


George Best Foundation Academy launched by Belfast Met

September 15th, 2013

Belfast Met launches George Best Foundation Academy on 50th Anniversary of Best’s debut match for Manchester United.

To coincide with the 50th anniversary of George Best’s debut match for Manchester United as a young 17 year old (on 14 September 1963), Belfast Metropolitan College and the George Best Foundation are recognising this significant anniversary by launching the George Best Foundation Academy.


Royal Mail celebrates 150 years of FA with stamps featuring 11 legends of British football

May 13th, 2013

To mark the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Football Association of England and 140th anniversary of the Scottish Football Association, Royal Mail has released a new set of stamps for the football fans.

The new stamps features 11 national heroes in their home country’s kits. The heroes are: John Barnes, Gordon Banks, Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves, Kevin Keegan, Bobby Moore and Bryan Robson from England, Denis Law and Dave Mackay from Scotland, John Charles from Wales and last but not the least, George Best from Northern Ireland.


George Best Foundation to launch George Best Signature range with TOFFS

April 30th, 2013

We’re proud to partner with TOFFS and announce the re-launch of the “George Best Signature” range. All shirts are “Hand Made in Great Britain” and are available from


George Best’s top European performances for Manchester United

March 5th, 2013

With Manchester United’s Champions League glamour tie with Real Madrid hanging in the balance, it is the perfect time to relive the European heroics of one of their best-ever players, George Best.

The Northern Irish attacker played a key role in success on the continent for the Old Trafford club, and Sir Alex Ferguson would be glad to have a player of Best’s match-winning ability to call upon in the second leg of the last 16 tie against the Spanish champions.


NI Open Challenge returns to Northern Ireland

March 5th, 2013

For the first time in ten years, The European Challenge Tour will return to Nothern Irish shores when Galgrom Castle Golf Club, Ballymena hosts the Northern Ireland Open Challenge from 29 August – 01 September 2013. The NI Open Challenge will be raising funds for the George Best Foundation. See below for full details:


George Best: one of Northern Ireland’s top brands

November 7th, 2012

The Belfast Telegraph ran a poll this week on Northern Ireland’s top 50 brands. George came 12th, and here is what they said:

The man above knew what he was doing. For he simply couldn’t have given the world’s best footballer a better name than Best. But the worst of times were also to engulf the shy star from Burren Way as his life, like his football career, was cut short by alcohol. Bestie scored with thousands of women but one love affair endured and on a dismal December day in 2005 Belfast people forgot which foot they kicked with to say farewell to the Man Utd and Northern Ireland icon who dazzled with both.

Additionally, here’s a look at some of the best quotes about George.

Football’s first fashion icon

October 30th, 2012

George Best was, at an incredibly young age, a great footballer, a style icon, a sex symbol and a pop star, all rolled into one. There were times when he seemed nothing less than a young god, and for a country that has seen it’s share of ‘rich and famous’ footballers in the last two decades, George remains the first to transcend football and become a national (adopted) hero, the first British footballers to genuinely contend to be the world’s best, a model for future players to aspire to in both football and fashion, and quite simply the Best English football has ever seen.


George Best: Manchester United’s greatest ever player

October 30th, 2012

Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Messi: George Best’s name holds right of passage alongside the aforementioned superstars as one of the greatest players to have ever played the beautiful game. Arguably the most talented footballer the British Isles has ever produced, the Northern Irish attacker shot to fame at Manchester United, where he set records and the put his name in the history books of the Old Trafford club.

The Red Devils suffered the heartache and tragedy of losing eight members of their first team in the Munich air disaster in 1958, and Matt Busby had an arduous task of rebuilding the football club after the catastrophe. United’s return to prominence in English and European football coincided with the unearthing of a modest but supremely able superstar, who honed his skills on the streets of east Belfast.