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Video: Manchester United's Northampton Cup draw recalls 'entertainer' George Best's double hat-trick

Published 26/08/2016

Manchester United have been drawn against Northampton Town in the newly named EFL Cup - previously the League Cup.

And the draw brings back memories of George Best famous double hat-trick against the side in the FA Cup.

The late football legend came back from a six-week suspension to score six goals in Manchester United's 8-2 demolition of Northampton Town in the fifth round of the FA Cup in 1970.

More: Manchester United's 10 best players ever to hail from Ireland

Kim Book, then Northampton's goalkeeper, recalling the game in 2005, said "not even the Berlin Wall" could have stopped Best that day.

The match was one of the most extraordinary played by the United and Northern Ireland star, remembered as one of the greatest players to have graced football. He destroyed his opponents almost single-handedly with a bewildering range of flicks, dribbles and headers, made all the more incredible given the pudding of a County Ground pitch.

Best was being marked by Roy Fairfax, who later said: "The closest I got to him was when we shook hands after the game."

After the game Best was famously quoted: "I don't really class myself as a footballer... I call myself an entertainer."

Manchester United's 10 best players ever to hail from Ireland
No. 10
Name: Kevin Moran
DOB: 29/04/56
Born: Dublin
Position: Central defender
Club career: 228 league appearances
Goals: 21
After being scouted playing for Irish College Pegasus, Moran signed for Manchester United in 1978. Despite not being the tallest of defenders, Kevin was best known for his strong aerial ability and was a threat in the box from corners and set pieces. Retiring from football Moran formed his own football agency Proactive Sports Management. He won an All-Ireland Gaelic Football medal with Dublin before joining United.
Manchester United's 10 best players ever to hail from Ireland No. 10 Name: Kevin Moran DOB: 29/04/56 Born: Dublin Position: Central defender Club career: 228 league appearances Goals: 21 After being scouted playing for Irish College Pegasus, Moran signed for Manchester United in 1978. Despite not being the tallest of defenders, Kevin was best known for his strong aerial ability and was a threat in the box from corners and set pieces. Retiring from football Moran formed his own football agency Proactive Sports Management. He won an All-Ireland Gaelic Football medal with Dublin before joining United.
9. Name: Jimmy Nicholl DOB: 28/02/56 Born: Ontario, Canada Position: Right back Club Career: 248 apps Goals: 6 Born in Canada but raised in Rathcoole, Nicholl was given an apprenticeship after a few football trials. He started his career playing for Manchester United as a junior with his senior career starting in 1974. After retiring from football he moved into coaching and management.
8. Name: Sammy McIlroy DOB: 02/08/54 Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland Position: Midfielder Club Career: 419 apps Goals: 71 McIlroy joined Manchester United in 1969, like some many others from George Best to Norman Whiteside, discovered by legendary scout Bob Bishop. He made his first team debut in 1971 and went on to captain club and country. Retiring from football in 1993, Sammy became a managerial coach, including a stint and Northern Ireland boss.
7. Name: Johnny Carey DOB: 23/02/19 Born: Dublin Position: Right back Club Career: 416 apps Goals: 64 Carey played two months in League of Ireland Football where he was spotted by a Dublin based Manchester United scout. During his first season he helped United gain promotion to the First Division. Johnny also gained the distinction of being the first player from Ireland to win a major trophy with Manchester United.
6. Name: Liam Whelan DOB: 01/04/35 Born: Dublin Position: Inside forward Club Career: 98 apps Goals: 52 One of the legendary Busby Babes, Whelan was United's top goal scorer in the 1956-57 season. Liam was one of the eight Manchester United players who died in the Munich air disaster in 1958 aged only 22.
5. Name: Paul McGrath DOB: 04/12/59 Born: Ealing, England Position: Centre back Club Career: 194 apps Goals: 16 Raised in Inchicore, Dublin, McGrath joined Manchester United in 1982. Knee injuries and physical problems dogged his career but he is still remembered as a Manchester United and Republic of Ireland legend.
4. Name: Norman Whiteside DOB: 07/05/65 Born: Belfast, Northern Ireland Position: Midfielder Club Career: 274 apps Goals: 67 Whiteside signed for Manchester United as a schoolboy at the age of 16 in 1978. A combative midfielder, he scored his first goal for the team in only his second match and famously netted a brilliant winner in the 1983 FA Cup final against Everton. He remains the youngest player to have appeared in a World Cup finals with Northern Ireland at Spain '82. A chronic knee injury ended his career at just 28 following a move to Everton. Norman is still revered among the clubs fans.
3. Name: Harry Gregg DOB: 27/10/32 Born: Magherafelt, Northern Ireland Position: Goalkeeper Club Career: 247 Gregg is rated by many as the greatest goalkeeper Manchester United ever had. Harry transferred from Doncaster Rovers in 1957 to join United. A hero of the 1958 Munich air disaster, he bravely returned to the burning plane twice to rescue team-mates and starred for Northern Ireland at that year's World Cup in Sweden. When his playing career ended Gregg took up managerial roles and became a goalkeeping coach. Now living in retirement on Northern Ireland's north coast where he previously ran a hotel.
2. Name: Roy Keane DOB: 10/08/71 Born: Cork Position: Midfielder Club Career: 480 apps Goals: 51 Keane began his Old Trafford career in 1993, scoring two goals on his home debut following a move from Nottingham Forest. He took over captaincy at the start of the 1997/98 campaign and went on to lead the team to numerous league and cup wins. He is by the fans as the club's greatest ever on-field leader. Roy is currently assistant manager to the Republic of Ireland football team.
1. Name: George Best DOB: 22/05/46 Born: Belfast Position: Winger Club Career: 367 apps Goals: 137 Best is arguably not just Manchester United and Northern Ireland's greatest player but by common consent the best the world has ever seen. Discovered at the age of 15 in Belfast by scout Bob Bishop, by the age of 19 he had become football's first superstar player. His greatest United success came in the 1968 European Cup final win against Benfica. Sadly a life blighted by alcohol problems ended aged just 59 in 2005.
Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964
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
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

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