Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Museum a fitting home for precious George Best momentos

George Best during his Manchester United days
George Best during his Manchester United days

George Best scored many fabulous goals in his time, but one of the most important goals yet remaining is the establishment of a sports museum to display the memorabilia of his career.

The idea has been around for some time, and the Ulster Sports Museum Association and its president Dame Mary Peters have been working on this concept since 2007, two years after George died. Now the idea has been given a boost by the discovery of a treasure trove of items associated with his outstanding career.

These were held in a London bank vault for over a decade, and they have been returned to George's family. Last night, his brother-in-law Norman McNarry expressed the hope that this remarkable collection will take its place in a sports museum of the future.

The collection includes George Best's first football boots, as well as his Northern Ireland caps, a football shirt from his testimonial game at Windsor Park, and also a shirt from the testimonial for Pat Jennings, one of his great colleagues in the Northern Ireland team. Those were the days when Northern Ireland had a team to be reckoned with, and the list of items associated with George Best is a unique archive which illustrates some of the most memorable moments in the history of football.

There are many other records of George Best's sporting greatness, including grainy film clips of some of the best goals of his career, especially his outrageous lob over his pal Jennings for his beloved Manchester United.

There is also a virtual library of books written about Best, and all these will bear collective witness to a man regarded as one of the best footballers of all time. No doubt the Northern Ireland public, and football fans from every background, will rally behind a renewed initiative to place the George Best memorabilia on permanent display.

Money is scarce nowadays, but this is a good case to demonstrate that where there is a will, there is also a way to get things done.

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