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Why 50 actors failed audition to play Manchester United legend George Best

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 03/06/2015

George Best in action
George Best in action
George Best
Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964
George Best with the Portadown football team and mascot before they played Glenavon in 1981
Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964
George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend
Memories: George Best trudges off the pitch after being sent off against Scotland
George Best larks around in his kitchen with Angie in 1976
George Best footballer in Manchester United kit
Alex with George Best in 1995
The birth certificate
Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press
George Best and his dad, Dickie
George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages
George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar
GEORGE BEST:FOOTLALL/NORTHERN IRELAND AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEGEND.
Belfast boy: George Best is the most heralded Northern Ireland sports star... but Rory McIlroy can close in
George Best is regarded by everyone as one of the greatest footballers of all time, and by many, including Brazilian icon Pele, as THE best of the lot. The Belfast boy, who lived a rock and roll life, had staggering skill and balance, which he used to score for Man United in their 1968 European Cup final victory, one of 179 goals for the club. A breathtaking talent.
George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick
George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966
Manchester United legend George Best
George Best. Football. Manchester United and Northern Ireland. Ireland v England Oct. 1966. Best and Parke outwitted by a headless Charlton as Englend mount an attack.
HEALTH Best 11...Library filer dated 08/03/1969 of legendary footballer George Best who is "coming to the end of the long road of his ill-health", his doctor Professor Roger Williams said Thursday November 24, 2005. See PA story HEALTH Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Photo Credit should read: PA...A
Benfica's Goalkeeper Jose Henrique (left) races back to his goal in a vain attempt to stop George Best (right) of Manchester United from scoring his team's second goal in the the European Cup final at Wembley, 29th May 1968. United eventually won 4-3 after extra time.
George Best pictured with Pat Jennings
Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park
Manchester United footballer George Best with manager Tommy Docherty.
Best man: George Best (c) shows off the 1968 European Footballer of the Year award, which journalist Max Urbini (l) presented to him before the match, as team-mates Bobby Charlton (second l, 1966 winner) and Denis Law (r, 1964 winner), and manager Matt Busby (second r) look on
Simply the Best: George Best shows off some of his wide range of skills during his time at Manchester United, where he became a worldwide star
George Best playing at the stadium
George Best in training for Manchester United
Football legend George Best
George shakes hands with the Glenavon captain Alan Frazer and referee Malcolm Moffatt
George Best's wife Angie hands out balls during the game
George Best with Gerald Black
Angie Best with the referees
George Best leading the teams out with mascot
Excited young fans mob George at the game
Angie is greeted by fans
The Bests having fun on the pitch during the game
On the ball: George’s wife Angie on the pitch
Fond memories: mascot Stuart McKinley aged six
George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin
Style icon George Best outside his Manchester Boutique in the 1970s
George Best in action for Manchester United
George Best puts pressure on Gordon Banks as he prepares to clear the ball from the England penalty area in the 1971 international at Windsor Park.
George Best with Lawrie Sanchez
George Best
John Chaffetz, an official of the Los Angeles Aztecs, points the way for soccer star George Best. Best was attending a press conference after joing the Aztecs in 1976
George Best and his mother Annie
Molly meets soccer star George Best
Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).
Lining up: George Best joins the rest of the Tobermore United squad for a team photo before the Irish Cup tie against Ballymena United in 1984
The late George Best with then wife Alex Best is pictured with family and friends outside his boyhood Burren Way home after he received Castlereagh's Freedom of the Borough
Close friends George Best and Mike Summerbee at 1966 World Cup Final
George Best in April 2002 at the house in Burren Way, where he unveiled a plaque after being awarded the freedom of Castlereagh
George Best with son Calum
George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum
George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum
George Best and Calum Best
Football legend George Best pictured in 1990
Football legend George Best with his wife Angie, brother Ian, father Dickie and baby son Calum
George Best with his sister Barbara McNarry
George Best at home in Belfast with his father Dicki
George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye
H&H auctioneer James Wheeler polishes up the Jaguar once owned by George Best
George Best
Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend George Best
A bus stop on the Cregagh Road on the morning of George Best's funeral.
Flags at George Best funeral at Stormont. Saturday 3rd December 2005
The garden of the Best family home in Burren Way, Cregagh, on the day of George's funeral.
The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.
New stamp depicting George Best
Calum Best in the funeral cortege.
Calum Best shakes hands with well-wishers as George Best's funeral cortege leaves the Best family home
The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.
Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral
The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.
Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best
A view from the balcony of Parliament Buildings in Stormont
Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best
George Best's coffin is carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings
George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag
George Best's agent Phil Hughes (centre) with Eamonn Holmes next to George Best's coffin in the Parliament buildings in Stormont, Belfast, Saturday December 3, 2005. The world of football was today paying its last respects as George Best, one of the greatest ever players, was laid to rest. Best, 59, died last Friday in London's Cromwell Hospital.
The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont
Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral
Robert Dunlop at George Best's funeral
Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.
Terry Neill at George Best's funeral
Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral
Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral
Mike England at George Best's funeral
Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral
Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral
Pat Jennings at George Best's funeral
Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral
Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral
Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral
Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral
Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral
Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral
Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral
Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral
George Best's grave
George Best Belfast City Airport handled more than 2.5 million passengers last year
A mural of George Best and David Healy on the wall of the Times Bar, York Road. Brian Little/ Presseye
The Best family plot at Roselawn on the day before George's funeral.
Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. Pictured a silver Benfica letter opener, dated 1966, given to George which marks Man Utd's 5-1 European Cup defeat of Benfica in Lisbon. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years
Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon holding a replica European Champions Manchester United Trophy presented to Dickie Best when George Best died. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Best Fans - Mark McIlwaine (13, left) and David McCracken (13), both from Lurgan Junior High admiring some of the Best memorabilia up for grabs at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Best Fan - 7 year old Luke McMullan from Dungannon (dressed in his school rugby kit) holding a cast from George Best's original match worn boots, pictured amongst Best memorabilia at Wilsons Auction house today. There are 110 lots of George Best memorabilia available, collected by Dickie Best over a period of 40 years.
Items on sale of the Dickie Best collection which will go on public auction on the 19th march at the Wilsons premises in Mallusk with 110 lots of George Best memorabillia available which was collected by Dickie over a 40 year period.
Family Portrait (left to right): Carol Best - Lisa Hogg; Julie Best (Twin) - Catherine Quinn; Ann Best - Michelle Fairley; George Best - Tom Payne; Dickie Best - Lorcan Cranitch; Grace Best (Twin) - Amy Quinn; Barbara Best - Laura Donnelly
George Best played by Tom Payne
Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley
George Best played by Tom Payne
Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley
Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley
George Best played by Tom Payne
George Best played by Tom Payne
Richard (Dickie) Best with a picture of his son, footballer George Best pictured at his home in Belfast. October 2005
Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday were Michelle McBride with Lyn Smyth
Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday was Ivan Little
Fans of the late football superstar regularly visit the grave to leave mementoes
Fans of the late football superstar regularly visit the grave to leave mementoes

The movie producer behind a new film about football legend George Best is hunting for a "good-looking, spindly, cheeky-chappy" to play the Belfast hero - but says he cannot find anyone handsome enough.

With his piercing blue eyes and shock of dark hair, it is not difficult to understand why the late sportsman was football's first celebrity pin-up and earned the nickname El Beatle.

Oscar-winning producer Stephen Evans, who is making the biopic in a similar fashion to his film about the late Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, says he has already auditioned 50 young men for the role of the late Manchester United and Northern Ireland star, who died in November 2005, but has had no luck so far.

"I've looked at 50 youngsters in Belfast, but can't find anyone good-looking enough," Evans told the Daily Mail.

"I have a wonderful lad playing the goalie Ronnie Briggs, who shared digs with Best when he first came to Manchester United, and I am afraid he might overshadow Best."

Evans' previous film credits include Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and The Madness Of King George.

He is using a similar recruitment process to the one he employed for 2014's Seve The Movie, and earlier this year said that he wanted to "cast a footballer who can be taught to act, rather than an actor who can be taught to play football in the role of the young Best".

One of the finest footballers to ever kick a ball, George Best was the leading scorer for Manchester United in the Football League First Division in 1967-8, as well as picking up a European Cup medal along with the European Footballer of the Year title in 1968.

The film is expected to focus on 15-year-old Best's move from Belfast to Manchester and his relationship with landlady Mary Fullaway, as well as charting his rise to international fame and his well-known battle with alcoholism.

George's brother-in-law Norman McNarry said he would have laughed at the idea of filmmakers not being able to find someone handsome enough to play him.

<b>George Best </b>pictured with other prefects at Lisnasharragh High School, Belfast, 1961. George is pictured second left, centre row.
George Best pictured with other prefects at Lisnasharragh High School, Belfast, 1961. George is pictured second left, centre row.
George Best, centre, at Lisnasharragh High School in 1961.
George Best
Liam Neeson ... can you spot the Ulster schoolboy who was destined for great things? Next picture solves the mystery.
Liam Neeson, pictured during his Ulster schooldays... centre of back row.
Liam Neeson
Hillsborough boys football team, 1970s. Vivan Campbell on bottom right
Vivian Campbell and Ricky Warwick of Thin Lizzy perform at the Best Buy Theater on March 25, 2011 in New York City.
Lembit Öpik, Liberal Democrats, as a schoolboy. Pictured in 1982 along with other Inst National Essay Winners. He attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution (1976-83).
Lembit Opik 2009.
Head girl Christine (17) at Bloomfield Collegiate School
Christine Bleakley
Schoolgirl Christine Bleakley Aged 6.
Pamela Ballantine. UTV Presenter. School Class Picture. Richmond Lodge School, Belfast. IMAGE SUPPLIED
Pamela Ballantine is pictured centre, front row, at Richmond Lodge School in 1974
Pamela Ballantine
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
The Northern Bank have presented to Grosvenor High School two perpetual Challenge Cups for tennis. Pictured above, Paul Dunbar receives the Senior Boys from Mr. A. Andrwes, Manager Northern Bank, Castlereagh Road Branch. Also included are Heather Sharpe, winner of the Senior Girls, and Mr. Ken Reid, Headmaster Grosvenor High School, 1973.
Grosvenor School choir won the Rencontres Chorales Internationales de Montreux when they defeated 18 other entrants. The choir collected £2,700 in prize money. Pictured are Pamela Young (left) and Victoria Lyttle, singing at a recital, 1986.
Boys and girls of Grosvenor High School choir giving a short Advent coral recital, under their Musical director Mr Roland Lee, in May Street Presbyterian church, 1975.
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Grosvenor High School- 1976
The full choir, pictured with their trophy, during a visit to Belfast City Hall, 1986.
Some of the principal award winners at the annual prize distribution of Grosvenor High School. B. Magrath (left), N. S. J. Foster, N. D. McVittie, Jacqueline McKay, A. G. Barr and Rosemary McKibben, 1978.
Grosvenor High School- 1976
Scene from the comic opera "Patience," by Gilbert and Sullivan, which is being presented by pupils of Grosvenor High School, Belfast tomorrow, 1971.
Pupils at Grosvenor High School record a documentary about the Battle of Trafalgar on Video Tape, 1971.
Boys and girls of Grosvenor High School choir giving a short Advent carol recital, 1975.
Sixth-form students who have won the Schools' Institute of Electrical Engineering Liaison Service competition organised to promote engineering for students, 1982.
Grosvenor High School- 1976
These boys have a good reason to look happy as they stride along-every step means money. They were some of the 750 pupils of Dunlambert Boys' Secondary School, Belfast, who took part in a part in a 10-mile sponsored walk. They were raising the money to buy a mini-bus for the school, 1971
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
The team from Dunlambert Boys' Secondary School, winners of the Belfast Education Authority inter-schools road safety quiz, who defeated the girls from Carolan Grammer School. They are (from left), George Clyde (15), William Greer (14), Keith Henderson (13), and Andrew Speers (12), 1970.
Dunlambert School- 1976
Prize-winners applaud the guest speaker, Dr. N. A. Burges, vice-chancellor of the New University of Ulster, during the prize distribution at Dunlambert Secondary School, Belfast, 1971.
The Lord Mayor Alderman Joseph Cairns at the controls of the T.K.1., a car built by fourth year boys at Dunlambert Secondary School, Belfast after presenting road safety prizes at the school. The car which is powered by a 125 cc engine cost £30 to build, 1969.
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert School- 1976
Dunlambert and Hopefield, who will contest the final of the Belfast Secondary Schools' Senior Cup at Seaview on Monday afternoon, 2:30 kick-off. The teams are reckoned to be evenly balanced. A week ago Dunlambert were defeated by holders Ashfield in the semi-final of the Irish Schools' EA, 1974.
Building students of Dunlambert Secondary School are erecting a workshop garage for the school car and motor-cycle, 1967.
Robert McConnell, of Whitehouse (left), and William McLaughlin, Shore Road, spent two months and many hours of research to make this totem pole as authentic as possible. Now that the piece has been finished it will stand at their school, Dunlambert Secondary, in place of honour in a courtyard, 1968.
Billy McCullough (right), of Glentoran, and Ewan Fenton (second right), manager of Linfield, two of the soccer personalities who attended the presentation of soccer medals and trophies at Dunlambert Boys' Secondary School, Belfast. Also in the picture are four captains (from left)- Christopher McGrath, junior team; John Flanagan, intermediate; George Hawthorne, senior, and Sam Higgins, colts, 1968.
Pupils maintenance class at work on "Team Kilpatrick 1" the first car that the class/have made themselves, out of motor scooter parts. The car, as yet unfinished, is named after their teacher Mr. James Kilpatrick (standing) and will be completed with an aluminium sports body, 1969.
Pupils car maintenance class push out "Team Kilpatrick 1." 1969
Dunlambert School- 1968
"Z-car drivers were bombarded with questions when they arrived at Dunlambert Secondary School, Belfast, with their cars. They were giving a road safety demonstration along with the R.U.C accident prevention unit, 1966.
Parents pack the assembly hall in Dunlambert Secondary School as they listen to speakers who hope to keep the school opened, 1982.
These boys have a good reason to look happy as they stride along-every step means money. They were some of the 750 pupils of Dunlambert Boys' Secondary School, Belfast, who took part in a part in a 10-mile sponsored walk. They were raising the money to buy a mini-bus for the school, 1971
A group of sixth-formers will be helping to look after 100 handicapped children this summer- nearly 2,000 miles away in the steamy heat of Morocco. The boys from Bangor Grammar School have been invited by the Save The Children Fund to the northern tip of Africa, 1978.
The jubiliant Bangor Grammar School rugby team pictured after beating Campbell College 6-3 in the Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill, 1969.
School's Cup final hockey team for New Blaris next Wednesday afternoon: Front row (from left)- James Foote, Lindsay Holmes, Deryck Rothwell (captain), Rory McCrystal and Robin Hudson. Back row - Philip Skelly, Mark Hamilton, Jonny McNaught, Chris Wilkinson, Paul Wylie, Micael McLellan and Robert Stone, 1988.
Bangor Grammar- Haircuts, 1973
The successful madrigal group from Bangor Grammar School are put through their paces by their director of music Ian Hunter, 1975.
Bangor Grammar, 1993
Bangor Grammar- 1993
Pupils, who refused to obey the short back and sides ruling on their way home from school, 1973.
Bangor Grammar- 1994
Mr. Jim Claney (right), outgoing, chairman of Bangor Grammar School Parents' Association, hands over an original painting of the school to Mr. Brian Thompson, chairman of the Board of Governors and launches the sale of limited edition prints for old boys and parents. Included (from left) are: Mr. Tom Patton, headmaster; Ms. Phyllis Arnold, the artist; and Mr. Michael Curry, chairman of the Parents' Association, 1985.
Bangor Grammar- golfers, 1974.
The boys of Bangor Grammar School have swept all before them this season. Four major trophy wins, in fact- in the Ulster Section of the Aer Lingus Schools' championship (in which they were third-best in the all-Ireland finals), and in the Ulster Schools' League and Froggart Shield championships, and Irish Schools' championship, 1978.
Bangor Grammar- School Choir, 1994.
British Steel could do worse than employ the six teenagers from Ballymena Academy who amassed a staggering £11m. profit to win the Ulster Bank annual school's management game. Last year the Academy finished in third place in the Northern Ireland finals but this year the sixth formers out-managed 64 teams throughout the province to win £120 for the school and a place in the All-Ireland final. Mr. David Kilpatrick, teacher in charge of the project, praised the team's success. "It's a reward for the hard work they put in right through the competition," he said. David Tedford (left), David Long, Stephen Kirk, Micheale O'Connell, Mathew Brown and Stephen Boyd. The competition was held in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.
Mr. Tom Greenwood (centre back row), with the Ballymena Academy girls' choir who took part in "A cermony of carols," at the musical concert held in the school assembly hall, 1971.
Ballymena Academy players clamour for the ball after a line-out during the Schools' Cup-final against Belfast Boys' Model School, at Ravenhill, 1971.
Mr. William Livingstone, head of the music department of Ballymena Academy giving a final briefing to other members of the orchestra, 1973.
Carrick scrum half David Arbuckle breaks from a scrum during the Carrickfergus Grammer School vs Ballymena Academy Schools Cup semi-final at Carrickfergus. Ballymena qualified for the final, 1971.
The Governor, Lord Eskine, discussing a physics experiment with Mr. G. McCullough during a tour of the classrooms after opening Ballymena Academy new premises. Also in the picture are (from left), Mr. W. H. Mol, headmaster; Alderman J. B. Millar, Major of Ballymena, and Captain William Long, Minister of Education, 1968.
The sports pavilion with the rugby playing fields behind, 1968.
A view of the rear of the Ballymena Academy from the hockey playing fields, 1968.
Ballymena Academy- 1965
Ballymena's famous Academy, 1965
Ballymena Academy new building, 1968
The Ballymena Academy captain Adrian Goodrich is carried shoulder high by his team mates after they had won the Medallion Shield by defeating Methodist College in the final at Ballyclare, 1970.
Over the years the Ballymena Academy Old Pupils have played the school at a variety of games, including hockey, rugby and cross-country. This year for the first times they met at badminton in a special challenge match in the school gym, 1974.
School Arms, 1972.
School Team, 1974.
Schools Cup Final, 1970.
Members of the victorious Ballymena Academy team with the Schools' Cup after beating Belfast Royal Academy in the final at Ravenhill, 1972.
The Schools' Cup is held aloft in front of cheering supporters by Balltmena Academy captain, Montgomery, after defeating Belfast Royal Academy in the final at Ravenhill, Belfast, 1971.
A public speaking team from Ballymena Academy from left: Alison Cunningham, Julie Edgar and Dawn Alexander, who won the Londonderry Business and Professional Women's Club annual public speaking competition held in Magee University College, being congratulated by Miss Angus Clarke, president of the club. Included is Miss Heaster Sterritt, competition organiser. The team will now go forward to the Northern Ireland divisional finals in Belfast, 1980.
The Ballymena Academy team of Dawn Alexander (left), Julie Edgar, and Alison Cinningham who won the Northern Ireland Divisional Final of the United Kingdom Federation of Business and Professional Women's public speaking competition. They represent Northern Ireland in the national finals in London on November 29th, 1980.
Ballymena Academy First XI cricket team. Back row from left: L. Bell, B. McKendry, D. Beattie, J. Colwell, G. McKendry, B. Rhodes and D. Gibson. Front row: D. Harkin, C. Dick A. McKee, J. Ireland (captain), A. Finlay and A. Smith, 1983.
British Steel could do worse than employ the six teenagers from Ballymena Academy who amassed a staggering £11m. profit to win the Ulster Bank annual school's management game. Last year the Academy finished in third place in the Northern Ireland finals but this year the sixth formers out-managed 64 teams throughout the province to win £120 for the school and a place in the All-Ireland final. Mr. David Kilpatrick, teacher in charge of the project, praised the team's success. "It's a reward for the hard work they put in right through the competition," he said. David Tedford (left), David Long, Stephen Kirk, Micheale O'Connell, Mathew Brown and Stephen Boyd. The competition was held in the Stormont Hotel, Belfast.
Ballymena Academy team which won the Northern Bank Schools Cricket final at Muckamore. Front row (from left), Richard Bill, Stephen McBurney, John Glass (captain), Stephen Surgeoner, Paul Rainey and Jonathan Kennedy. Back row (from left), David Kennedy, Carl Williams, Mark Hamilton, David Berkley, Michael Glass, Mark McGladdery, Mark Dunlop and Clive Jackson, teacher in charge.
St Dominic's- Eight Annual Young Scirntists Exhibition, 1971.
Lieut-Gen Sir Richard Anderson visits St Dominic's High School, Belfast
Lieut-Gen Sir Richard Anderson visits St Dominic's High School, Belfast
St Dominic's- Suzanne Matthews (left), Sarah Curran (centre) and Maria Stuart (right) with Petra Sahm and Regine Hamacher, two of a party of 12 girls from "Haus Eich," a youth educational centre at Aachen West Germany, who are in the province for a week under a schools' part-exchange scheme, 1982.
St Dominic's- A novel experiment on the connection between cigarette smoke and lung cancer has won a Belfast schoolgirl a special science prize. Rita Fox (17) is a pupil at St. Dominic's High School, Falls Road, and her project won a "Highly Commended" rosette at the Young Scientist of the Year competition in Dublin, 1975.
St. Dominic's girls won another prize, this time in the group section of Aer Lingus projects, 1975.
Napolean looks on, at St. Augustine's Boys School window painting, 1972.
The three pupils of St. Augustine's Secondary School, Ravenhill Road, Belfast (from left), John Hanna, Harry Pye and William Jones busy at work on disregarded television sets getting them in working order for the old age pensioners, 1972.
St. Augunstine Sec- 1972
St. Augunstine Sec- Hovercraft built by them, 1972.
St. Augunstine Sec- 18 yesr-old Michael Blaney tests the engines of the hovercraft, 1972.
St. Augunstine Sec- Hovercraft built by them, 1972.
Boys from St. Augustine Secondary School presenting a TV set on behalf of St. Augustine's Radio Club old-age pensioners' scheme to Mrs. Sarah Haddock, of Maryville Street, Belfast, who will be 101 on July 13. From left are: Harry Pye, William James, John Hanna, and teacher Mr. B. Collins, 1972.
Off on a 12-day coach tour of Europe is this party of 48 boys and four teachers from St. Augustine's High School, Ravenhill Road, Belfast. During their holiday they will visit Holland, Germany, Switzerland and France, 1982.
To launch Campbell College Gallery click image above.
Campbell College Rugby 1st XV 1896-97
Empire Day 1914
Campbell College cricket 1st XI 1918
Campbell College cricket 1st XI 1899
Campbell College 1914 1st XV. Seven of the team did not survive the First World War; two of them also lost a brother; and one member of Staff was killed
Speech Day. A swimming display in the new pool at Campbell College, Belfast was well attended on Speech Day at the College, 1969.
Campbell College- War Memorial, 1966.
Parents and friends attending Speech Day at Campbell College, Belfast, 1969.
C.I.J.H Drummund receives the Dufferin Medal (Classics) from Lady Huddie (wife of Sir David Huddie, Managing Director of the Aero Engine Division of Rolls-Royce Ltd) during the distribution of prizes on Speech Day at Campbell College, Belfast, 1969.
The new study block at Campbell College, with 96 study places, is the first of five projects now in course of planning and execution. The library extension and improvements will be completed next summer, togeather with grass pitches, tennis courts and an all-weather hockey pitch, 1964.
Some of the 400 Campbell College pupils who took part in a sponsored walk from Belfast to Holywood. The walk was to help raise funds for the Social Service Group, an organisation of schoolboys which helps old people. Approximately £1,200 was raised by this effort, 1970.
Vancouver Here we Come...! The Campbell College rugby team flew out to Canada today for a five-match Easter tour against Vancouver's top school sides. They'll be away nearly four weeks. Hugh McMurray (with ball) is captain of the Campbell tour party which will be joined later by Mr. Robin Morgan, headmaster of the College. Mr. Morgan is himself a former Army wing-threequarter, 1972.
Who says you can't win them all? Hugh McMurray, captain of Campbell College rugby side, hold up five fingers to indicate that they won all five matches during their three weeks' tour of British Columbia. The picture was taken at Aldergrove when they arrived home today.
Johnny Whiteside (front centre), captain, Campbell College Senior Cross Country team, which won the Ulster Senior Schools Cup, the Belfast and Belfast and District League shield and the Co Down District shield. The team includes Chris Hawthorne (front left), vice-captain, John Russell (front right), and (back from left), Anthony Crowe, Neil Stewart, Justin Collins, Roger Knox, Nick Bryson and Michael Cave. This is the seventh year in succession that the college has won both the Belfast and Co Down shields, 1989.
Campbell College- 1972
Campbell College- 1972
Campbell College- 1972
Campbell College- 1972
Campbell College- 1934
At wine and cheese party held at Campbell College, Belfast, to launch their souvenir brochure which publicises the school's forthcoming rugby tour to Vancouver, Canada (from left), Jonathan Park, vice-Captain, 1st XV, Mr Jack Ferris Master, in charge of rugby, Brian Browne, captain 1st XV and Tim Dudgeon, Head Boy. This team will be playing six matches on the tour which starts on March 19, 1988.
Members of the Campbell College team, winners of the all-Ireland senior schools athletics cup at Bellfield, Dublin. Front, from left, are Gavin Browne with the Ulster schools senior athletics cup, Brian Browne (captain) with the all Ireland trophy, and Peter Colville, with the Ulster schools senior relay cup. Back, Philip Calvert, Neil McClements, John Gibney and Neil Palmer. Not available for the picture was Justin Reid, 1988.
Campbell College turned up trumps in the Ulster Schools cross country championships at Mullusk last weekend. The intermediate squad are now County Down District and Ulster champions and the seniors are Belfast and District, County Down Dsitrict and Ulster champions. Intermediate team (kneeling from left), Dickon Hall, Justin Collins, Jonathan Baird, Tony Crowe, Roger Knox, captain, Chris Hawthorne, Benjamon Smith, and Neil Stewart. Seniors (from left), Ian Geary, Jackson Collins, Justin Reid, Paul Linehan, Damian Tinsley, James POrter, captain, Colin McClean, Mark Blamphin, and Richard Crossan, 1988.
The young musicans of Cabin Hill Prep. School, Upper Newtownards Road, have an impromptu rehearsal before the annual school concert, 1972.
In the Great Hall at Campbell College Belfast the chairman of the Board of Governors, Rt. Hon J.L.O. Andrews addreses boys and parents at the annual speech day ceremoney, 1972.
A view of the new study block at Campbell College, 1964.
Campbell College- 1934
Click image to launch Methodist College Gallery
Methodist College Belfast- Old Boys Association dinner at the Royal Overseas League, London. Left to right: Mr. A. S. Worrell, Mr. G. S. Barry, President and W.N. Robb, 1962
A party of 22 school children from Germany at present on a two week exchange course at Methodist College Belfast pictured when they toured the City Hall with Mr. Billy Johnston from the Lord Major's office, 1971.
Methodist College Belfast- 1963
Methodist College Belfast- Constructing the Chapel of Unity, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast - Boys Rowing Club 1975-76 - submitted by Alan Blaney
New Science block at Methodist College Belfast which is to be opened by Lord Erskine, Governore of Northern Ireland, 1966.
Methody Tea Towel, 1984.
Methodist College Belfast- Girls Rowing Club, 1971.
Methody Colts Four - 1975-76. Back row - Mr S E Lockwood, Mr F Jeffrey, Mr J Kincade, Mr T Casement. Front row - P Neill, W Hanna, S Topping, A Blaney, J McAdam - Submitted by Alan Blaney
Boys are no longer having it all their own way and ripples are beginning to appear on the quiet waters of school rowing scene. The masculine superiority in the sport in now being challenged by the recently formed girls' rowing club at Methodist College Belfast. It is the only school girls' club in Northern Ireland. Here the trailblazing eight sets off from the school's boathouse at Stranmillis for an afternoon's rowing on the Lagan, 1971.
Stephen (left) and Peter Weil in the language lab at Methodist College. The students listen to the teacher's voice, then record their own voices. When the tape is played back they can make comparisons. The system is monitored by the teacher, who can "break in" to give individual instruction to any pupil.
Methody swimming gala. Competitions in the girls Inter-Schools Relay Freestyle dive into the pool at the first change during Methodist College, Belfast, Centenary Swimming Gala at Pirrie Park, Belfast, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast- New building, 1954.
The Governor talking to pupils after opening the new laboratories and swimming pool at Methodist College, 1966.
Chapel of Unity dedication at Methody. Rev. Gerald G. Myles, president of the Methodist Church in Ireland performing the dedication of the new Chapel of Unity at Methody, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast- Chapel of Unity dedication, 1968.
A model of the Methodist College proposed sixth form centre, 1968.
An overseas touch at Methody is provided by this group of pupils which includes, Eddy Zain (Malaysia), Khatijah Jumangat (Malaysia), Juzer Mohammeddhai (Tanzania), Shelna Sinte (Belgium), and Noreen Chilambo (Zambia), 1975.
Members of the Methodist College rowing team, who are taking part in the girls' fours at the Junior National Trials in Dublin. They are (from left) Jane Cooper, Joanne McGrath, Jill Brown (cox) and Jennifer Woods. Not available for the picture because of illness was Susan Budd, 1987.
Methodist College Belfast- Mr. Hunter and Mr. McCay, Director of Music, at the new organ in the Chapel of Unity, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast- McArther Hall, 1937
Mark Wright (17), a lower sixth pupil at Methody, who came top in the Northern Ireland GCSE technology exams. Mark, who lives in Malone, is pictured with his teacher Mrs. Audrey Reid and his automatic liquid soap dispenser which was his project for the exam. This is the fourth time in six years that a Methodist College has won this award, 1990.
The Governor, Lord Erskine, opening the new Science block at Methody, 1966.
Seventeen year old Ken Nicholls competing in the open long jump event at the Methodist College Centenary Sports held at Pirrie Park, Belfast, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast- Peaceful scene at the school in holiday time, 1957.
Centenery Prize Day. The Prime Minister Captain Terence O'Neill addresses a capacity crowd in the Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University when he presentes the awards at the Methodist College Centenery Prize Day there, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast- Main building, 1996.
The new boathouse for Methodist College situated at Stranmillis, Belfast, where an "At Home" will be held tomorrow to mark the opening, 1961.
The trio from Methodist College Belfast (from left), Mark White (16), Mathew Tennis (12) and Tobert McKeag (18), who will represent Northern Ireland in the national finals of the British Gas/British Association for the Advancement of Science, "Mastermind" science quiz, which will be held in the Natural History Museum, Kensington London next month. If successful the trio will collect "1,000 to be spent on science or technology equipment for the college, 1990.
Methodist College Belfast- Senior Girls choir, 1996.
Methodist College Belfast- Building, 1954
David Holley, Malcolm Boyd and Jonathan McQuoid, members of the Methody Sixth Form team who won the British Institute of Management "Examine Industry" competition at the University of Ulster, at Jordonstown, 1986.
Methodist College Belfast- Business team, 1990.
Methodist College Belfast- A boy tries on his new School Uniform in Belfast Co-Operative Children's Dept aided by one of the assistants, 1970.
Methodist College Belfast- 1994
Methodist College Belfast-Fifth formers take part in a practice game of soccer in the school grounds, 1975.
Getting in practice are three members of the Methody second XI hockey team- Christine Browne, Rosie Jones and Susan Elliot, 1975.
Methodist College Belfast- Mastering the art of typing are pupils on one of the business classes, 1975.
Methodist College Belfast- 1975.
Methodist College Belfast- Testing Bearded Schoolboy, 1964.
Methody Girls applaud the Prime Minister Captain Terence O'Neill's opening speech when he presented awards at the school centenery prize day in the Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University, 1968.
Pupils at Methodist College Prize Distribution in the Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University, 1970.
Prize Distribution. The girls of M.C.B. listen to the guest speaker Lord Dunleath at Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast.
Methodist College "A" team chair their captain Ken Shaw, after they had won the Northern Ireland schools' cross country championship, at Barnetts Park, Belfast. Also, included are Alan Bell, David Green, Rodney Stone, Michael Stevenson, Michael McKimm, Brian Rowe and Eric McKee. The cup was presented by the "Belfast Telegraph." 1969.
Methody supporters in gay mood make a colourful spectacle with their banners and placards as they watch the Schools' Cup match with Annadale, at Pirrie Park, 1970.
Methodist College choirs and orchestras fill St. Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, for their performance of a cantata specially written by Raymond Warren for the college's centenary celebrations. Pupils of both the senior and junior schools took part, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast- Rowing Club, 1971
Ropeworkers at Methody- otherwise pupils getting down to it in the gym, 1975.
M.C.B. prize distribution, 1972.
Methodist College Belfast- Methody main building, 1878.
Mr. A. S. Worrall, headmaster of Methodist College, Belfast, with a model of the sixth form centre, 1968.
The Prime Minister Captain Terence O'Neill presenting the Waugh Temperance Essay Prize to Stephen G. H. Plunkett at the Methodist College Centenery Prize Day in the Sir William Whitla Hall, Queen's University, Belfast, 1968.
Methodist College Belfast
The Methodist College Craig Cup crew make their way to their boat at Stranmillis for a training session on the Lagan. The boys, they are all under fifteen, train four days each week, rowing six miles per day for Craig Cup race which will be held on the Bann at Coleraine in June, 1970.
Methodist College Belfast-Girls in the fourth from cookery class under Mrs. Margaret Crowe tackling the technique of the apple tart, 1975.
Methodist College Belfast- Senior schools hockey final winners, 1983.
The "Bearded ones" of Methodist College pictured with principal, Mr. A.S. Worrall, casting a keen eye along the row of sixth-form whiskers, 1964.
Catherine Thom (13) gave prize day at Methodist College a musical uplift. She played a guitar solo during the junior prize distribution in the Whitla Hall Belfast. Pictured with her are prize winners Mary Jackson (12) and Ruth Eyre (12), 1970.
The happy Methody crew with their valuable Spanish Galleon from Cork's rowing regatta, 1976.
Pupils from Fullerton House, Methodist College, Belfast, representing each class from P1 to P7 under the supervision of teacher Roy Topping (right) delivered 1,500 toys collected at the school as pasrt of BBC TV's Blue Peter appeal to Oxfam shop in Chichester Street, 1979.
Methodist College Centenary Banquet. Mr A.S. Worrall (third left) headmaster of Methodist College, at the Methodist College Centenary Banquet in the City Hall. With Mr Worrall are (from left) DR R.C.H. Elliott, Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor, Dr William Philbin, Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Conner and Dr John H. Withers, Moderator of the General Assembly, 1968.
The girls of the Methodist College, Belfast, rowing team, bring a touch of welcome glamour to a male dominated sport. The team, pictured here after a training session on the Lagan at Stranmillis, are (from left) Valerie Corrigan (17), Anne Cameron (17), captain; Suzanne Watson (17), Pauline Southam (16), Margaret Coburn (18), Janine Paisley (18), Sherlie McNeill (18), Andree Kerr (18) and Rosemary Moss (16), cox, 1972.

"I was speaking to Stephen Evans and I suggested he go through the IFA youth programme to find someone, or perhaps playwright Martin Lynch to see if had success casting a young person in Dancing Shoes," Mr McNarry added.

"He knows there isn't someone who can match George on the pitch so I don't know where he is going to get somebody.

"I imagine the person he is trying to get to play the young George will be for his acting skills and emulate what George did on the football pitch."

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