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Life’s a beach: George and Angie Best enjoy life in America

Life’s a beach: George and Angie Best enjoy life in America

George and first wife Angie with their young son Calum in 1980 when the family was living in San Jose, California, while Best was playing for the Los Angeles Aztecs

George and first wife Angie with their young son Calum in 1980 when the family was living in San Jose, California, while Best was playing for the Los Angeles Aztecs

Family ties: George Best with his sister Barbara Best and his second wife Alex

Family ties: George Best with his sister Barbara Best and his second wife Alex

George and Alex share an embrace

George and Alex share an embrace

Life’s a beach: George and Angie Best enjoy life in America

It's a poignant but pathetic image: a mother is in the car, taking her new baby for a check-up on a wet and miserable night. She sees a man walking down the middle of the road. "This poor man is all hunched over, soaking wet and I think oh my God, that poor homeless tramp and then I realise…it is my husband, drunk as a skunk, walking down the road, soaking wet."

The woman talking is Angie Best and the man she is describing is George Best, the football genius who has become a stumbling wreck. It's a scene from the beginning of Daniel Gordon's new feature documentary, George Best: All By Himself which has its world premiere at the London Film Festival this week.

It is now just over a decade since Best died. His story has been told many times before. It is a modern-day rake's progress. Best was the shy kid from Belfast who came to Manchester United as a teenager and went on to help the club win league titles and a European Cup. The manager Matt Busby regarded him as a surrogate son, a replacement for the so-called 'Busby Babes' killed in the Munich disaster of 1958. But then came Best's slide: the ignominious departure from Man Utd when he was only 27, the alcoholism and the broken marriages.

Director Daniel Gordon is too young to have seen George Best play in his prime but grew up in Manchester and was exposed to the 'Best legend' from an early age. He also witnessed Best during his long decline. In making his film, he was determined to "take a fresh approach to a story we all think we know". He argues that enough time has now passed to allow a more nuanced view of Best than the one that portrays him simply as the "good guy who drank too much" and had demons.

For Gordon, Best's is a story of "addiction". As a kid and young man, Best was addicted to football. "That's what he spent every waking hour doing and trying to be the best at," he says.

Everyone who played with him in the early years testified to how well he trained. Then, in the mid 1960s, came the money and the fame - the years when he was dubbed the 'fifth Beatle' - and he was a "little addicted" to that too. Then came the women and the booze, the most destructive of his addictions.

"One of the things that was a strong feature of this was not that it was going to be a football story, but that it was going to be a human story and for that you need women to tell the story, people who knew him most intimately," says Gordon.

The film has an impressive array of interviewees. Best's old teammates like Paddy Crerand; his great friend from the early Manchester years Mike Summerbee; girlfriends and wives, journalists, agents, fans and the son of Best's landlady in Chorlton. There are some notable absentees, his son Calum Best (reportedly making his own documentary) and Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law (both in poor health) among them. Several other prominent footballer - Brian Kidd, Alex Stepney, Willy Morgan and Sammy Mcllroy - were interviewed but didn't make it into the final cut.

"Everybody always says that the only person George Best ever hurt was himself. That's nonsense. He hurt an awful lot of people, especially his son," Gordon says of the footballer.

One of the paradoxes about the documentary is those who suffered most as a result of Best's drinking and erratic behaviour still retain enormous affection for him. That is true of the three women foregrounded in the film: Angie Best, Alex Best and Jackie Glass, his girlfriend from the 60s, who is now a Buddhist nun living in Edinburgh.

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Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Manchester Utd V Glentoran at the Oval. A friendly pre season match which featured N.I World Cup star Norman Whiteside playing for Man Utd, and George Best, the legendary N.I player who played for the Glens that day against the English team who discovered him. George Best had asked Glentoran of he could play as  a favour to his dad who had been a life long supporter of Glentoran. August 1982.811/82/bw With Stephen Chick

PACEMAKER PRESS INTL. BELFAST. Manchester Utd V Glentoran at the Oval. A friendly pre season match which featured N.I World Cup star Norman Whiteside playing for Man Utd, and George Best, the legendary N.I player who played for the Glens that day against the English team who discovered him. George Best had asked Glentoran of he could play as a favour to his dad who had been a life long supporter of Glentoran. August 1982.811/82/bw With Stephen Chick

George Best:Football Icon, at Windsor Park, about to make a complete idiot of England.

George Best:Football Icon, at Windsor Park, about to make a complete idiot of England.

Soccer - 50th Anniversary of George Best's Debut for Manchester United...File photo dated 08/03/1969 of Manchester United's George Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 13, 2013. At around 10am 50 years ago on Saturday, David Sadler jumped into a taxi cab in Chorlton in the suburbs of Manchester alongside a 17-year-old stripling of a lad who was about to embark on a journey which would bedazzle the world of football. That boy was George Best. See PA story SOCCER Best. Photo credit should read: PA Photos/PA Wire...S

Soccer - 50th Anniversary of George Best's Debut for Manchester United...File photo dated 08/03/1969 of Manchester United's George Best. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 13, 2013. At around 10am 50 years ago on Saturday, David Sadler jumped into a taxi cab in Chorlton in the suburbs of Manchester alongside a 17-year-old stripling of a lad who was about to embark on a journey which would bedazzle the world of football. That boy was George Best. See PA story SOCCER Best. Photo credit should read: PA Photos/PA Wire...S

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

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

AUGUST 1988 - GEORGE BEST & SON CALUM TESTIMONIAL AT WINDSOR PARK

AUGUST 1988 - GEORGE BEST & SON CALUM TESTIMONIAL AT WINDSOR PARK

GEORGE BEST:FOOTLALL/NORTHERN IRELAND AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEGEND.

GEORGE BEST:FOOTLALL/NORTHERN IRELAND AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEGEND.

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.

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.

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

"She is very at ease with herself and with her past and was desperately trying not to moralise," Gordon says of Glass. As Glass and others point out in the documentary, Best was strangely subdued after winning the European Cup. For Best, as for Matt Busby, this had been a 'Holy Grail'. Glass talks of the deflating feeling of "and now what?" that Best experienced in the wake of his greatest sporting triumph.

Angie, who opened a bar called Bestie's with George, makes an acute observation about the fans who visited the bar. "If 70,000 men wanted to have one drink with George, they had one drink, George had 70,000," she says.

Best himself is heard throughout the documentary, narrating his own story as if from beyond the grave. Gordon scoured the archives to track down as many interviews with the footballer as he could. Generally, at least when he wasn't drunk and disorderly on the Terry Wogan show, Best spoke perceptively about his life and career.

Even at his lowest ebb, Best retained marketability. The tabloids always wanted stories about him. He could be off his head in a gutter or even on his death bed and the agents could still sell a story.

Watching the film now, it is hard not to be reminded of Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse documentary. The director acknowledges the similarity between the films. "If you look at all the headlines George Best generated, he was used and abused, belittled…when I saw Amy and I saw the paparazzi camped outside (her home), all those scenes, the wide shots of the press, you hounding her, it was probably 50 times worse than what George Best faced but George Best was the first one to have faced that."

Late in his life, Best could often be found drinking in the Phene Arms in Chelsea. He worked for a while as a commentator on Sky Sports. This period is skirted over in the documentary. "It's not that that was a less interesting period but I think if we had fully explored that period, it would have been one long tale of woe and decline. There weren't a great deal of highs of any description. I was working at Sky Sports at the time and there were plenty of times he didn't turn up," the director says. "The reason he didn't turn up was that he was still in the Phene Arms and decided not to bother. Everyone just shrugged their shoulder and said, 'well, that's George'."

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Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

Books:GEORGE BEST: The Legend - In Pictures, Ivan Martin, Appletree Press

George Best and his dad, Dickie

George Best and his dad, Dickie

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

Manchester United footballer George Best with manager  Tommy Docherty.

Manchester United footballer George Best with manager Tommy Docherty.

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George Best  with Gerald Black

George Best with Gerald Black

George Best leading the teams out with mascot

George Best leading the teams out with mascot

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

George Best relaxes with a cup of coffee as he waits for the action in Bulgaria to begin

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

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 in action

George Best in action

George Best

George Best

George Best with the Portadown football team and mascot before they played Glenavon in 1981

George Best with the Portadown football team and mascot before they played Glenavon in 1981

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

Memories: George Best trudges off the pitch after being sent off against Scotland

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 larks around in his kitchen with Angie in 1976

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George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

Alex with George Best in 1995

Alex with George Best in 1995

The birth certificate

The birth certificate

George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar

George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar

GEORGE BEST:FOOTLALL/NORTHERN IRELAND AND MANCHESTER UNITED LEGEND.

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

Belfast boy: George Best is the most heralded Northern Ireland sports star... but Rory McIlroy can close in

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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 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.

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George Best in a Glentoran shirt with another ex Northern Ireland international Norman Whiteside - and a young Stephen Chick

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

George Best, during the Northern Ireland v England match in October 1966

Manchester United legend George Best

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.

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

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.

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

George Best pictured with Pat Jennings

Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park

Football legend George Best pictured at Windsor Park

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

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

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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

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

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George Best playing at the stadium

George Best playing at the stadium

George Best in training for Manchester United

George Best in training for Manchester United

Football legend George Best

Football legend George Best

George shakes hands with the Glenavon captain Alan Frazer and referee Malcolm Moffatt

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's wife Angie hands out balls during the game

Angie Best with the referees

Angie Best with the referees

Excited young fans mob George at the game

Excited young fans mob George at the game

Angie is greeted by fans

Angie is greeted by fans

The Bests having fun on the pitch during the game

The Bests having fun on the pitch during the game

On the ball: George’s wife Angie on the pitch

On the ball: George’s wife Angie on the pitch

Fond memories: mascot Stuart McKinley aged six

Fond memories: mascot Stuart McKinley aged six

Style icon George Best outside his Manchester Boutique in the 1970s

Style icon George Best outside his Manchester Boutique in the 1970s

George Best in action for Manchester United

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 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 with Lawrie Sanchez

George Best

George Best

George Best and his mother Annie

George Best and his mother Annie

Molly meets soccer star George Best

Molly meets soccer star George Best

Football legend George Best, pictured with Pat Jennings (left) and Billy Bingham (right).

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

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

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

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 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 son Calum

George Best with his former wife Angie and son Calum

George Best with his former wife Angie and 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

George Best and Calum Best

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

Football legend George Best with his wife Angie, brother Ian, father Dickie and baby son Calum

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 with his sister Barbara McNarry

George Best at home in Belfast with his father Dicki

George Best at home in Belfast with his father Dicki

George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye

George Best, ex-Manchester United footballer, smiling with bruised eye

H&H auctioneer James Wheeler polishes up the Jaguar once owned by George Best

H&H auctioneer James Wheeler polishes up the Jaguar once owned by George Best

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George Best

George Best

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Manchester United and Northern Ireland football legend 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.

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

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 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.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

New stamp depicting George Best

New stamp depicting George Best

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

Calum Best shakes hands with well-wishers as George Best's funeral cortege leaves the Best family home

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.

The George Best funeral cortege on the Ballygowan Road.

Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral

Calum and Dickie Best at George Best's funeral

The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.

The crowd on the Cregagh Road waiting for George Best's funeral cortege.

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

A view from the balcony of Parliament Buildings in Stormont

A view from the balcony of Parliament Buildings in Stormont

Crowds gather at Stormont for the funeral of George Best

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 carried up the steps to the Stormont buildings

George Best's coffin is draped with the Northern Ireland flag

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.

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

The Best family at the George Best funeral at Stormont

Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral

Billy Bingham at George Best's funeral

Robert Dunlop 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.

Dickie and Calum Best at the funeral of George Best funeral at Stormont.

Terry Neill at George Best's funeral

Terry Neill at George Best's funeral

Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral

Paddy Kielty and Gerry Armstrong at George Best's funeral

Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral

Frank McLintock at George Best's funeral

Mike England at George Best's funeral

Mike England at George Best's funeral

Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral

Derek Dougan at George Best's funeral

Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral

Milan Manderic at George Best's funeral

Pat Jennings 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

Phil Taylor, George Best's agent and Jackie Fullerton at George Best's funeral

Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral

Alex Higgans at George Best's funeral

Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral

Bobby Jameson at George Best's funeral

Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral

Barry McGuigan and his wife at George Best's funeral

Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral

Rodney Marsh at George Best's funeral

Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral

Dennis Law (centre) at George Best's funeral

Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral

Martin O'Neill at George Best's funeral

Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral

Callum Best and mum Angie at George Best's funeral

George Best's grave

George Best's grave

George Best Belfast City Airport handled more than 2.5 million passengers last year

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

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

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

Ann Best played by Michelle Fairley

George Best played by Tom Payne

George Best played by Tom Payne

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

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 were Michelle McBride with Lyn Smyth

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday was Ivan Little

Visiting George Best’s grave yesterday was Ivan Little

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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

Kevin Scott / Presseye

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

Kevin Scott / Presseye

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Ask Gordon whether he admires Best more having made the documentary and the director gives an equivocal reply.

"You feel admiration for what he did at the beginning; you feel horror at how it turned out and you feel disdain at decisions he took; you feel empathy for what he faced; you feel a bit of anger at friends who weren't able to intervene and help. Then you realise that George made all those decisions for himself and that no one really forced him to be anything other than the person he became."

Gordon didn't want to make an overly depressing film. There's little danger of that when there are so many clips of him playing so brilliantly. One clip stands out more than any other. It is not from his Old Trafford years, but from his long stay in America. He was playing for the San Jose Earthquakes and their opponents had just scored a goal that was clearly offside. Best was furious. He was overweight, and not especially fit but his anger galvanised him.

Somehow, he summoned up the old genius and for a few moments he became the player he once was. From the kick-off, in his rage, he took the ball and embarked on an astonishing slalom-like run, dribbling past the entire opposing team before eventually finding the space to shoot and score.

"That's the greatest soccer goal I've ever seen," the TV commentator said at the time. Those few seconds serve to remind us why, 11 years after his death, everyone is still as fascinated as ever by George Best.

  • George Best: All By Himself is a world premiere at the London Film Festival on Friday, October 14

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George Best  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.

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George Best

George Best

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Kate Middleton is pictured aged five.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now the owners of a cocker spaniel puppy

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Kate Middleton, before scaling to the heights of Baroness Carrickfergus and Duchess of Cambridge, pictured aged three on a family holiday in the Lake District.

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Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud fame during hers days at Thornhill College

A bit grainy but there's no mistaking Nadine Coyle's smile at Thornhill College in 1996

A bit grainy but there's no mistaking Nadine Coyle's smile at Thornhill College in 1996

Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle

Nadine Coyle/Girls Aloud.

Nadine Coyle/Girls Aloud.

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Liam Neeson ... can you spot the Ulster schoolboy who was destined for great things? Next picture solves the mystery.

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Liam Neeson, pictured during his Ulster schooldays... centre of back row.

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

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Jimmy Nesbitt and family during the Seventies

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Jimmy Nesbitt - the cheeky grin being perfected at a young age

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Jimmy Nesbitt

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Liam Neeson is said to be in talks to reprise his role as retired CIA agent Bryan Mills

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Eamonn Holmes:Tv Presenter/celebrating his fourth birthday at the family home on New Lodge Road

Eamonn Holmes:Tv Presenter/celebrating his fourth birthday at the family home on New Lodge Road

Eamonn Holmes:Tv Presenter/celebrating his fourth birthday at the family home on New Lodge Road

Eamonn Holmes:Tv Presenter/celebrating his fourth birthday at the family home on New Lodge Road

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On ITV's Telethon in 1988. Eamonn stepped in at the last minute when original anchor Gerry Kelly, fell ill.

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Eamonn Holmes has apologised for This Morning's gaffe

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Zoe Salmon

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Lara and Zoe Salmon

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Old School pictures: Saddle up - a very young Gerry Adams

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Gerry Adams says it is important that the historic handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness is seen as more than just a gesture

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Van Morrison

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BBC presenter Stephen Nolan.  Pic by Ian Magill.  1/10/09.David O'Dornan interview.

BBC presenter Stephen Nolan. Pic by Ian Magill. 1/10/09.David O'Dornan interview.

Ian Magill

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Down the years....Stephen Nolan - Belfast Telegraph's Old School pictures

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A young Stephen Nolan.

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PACEMAKER BELFAST 15/04/98 IAN PAISLEY AS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY

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A young Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins

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Paul Cousans

Young Alex Higgins front left.jpg

Young Alex Higgins front left.jpg

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Old School Pictures - from Daniel ODonnell (above) to Nadine Coyle

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Old School pictures: Young Daniel O'Donnell - what's that on top of the gate post?

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Daniel O'Donnell: Irish Country Singer 1985

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Daniel O'Donnell will crown the 2003 Mary of Dungloe on Sunday, August 3

Taking off: Paddy Ashdown doing the high jump at Garth House School, Bangor in 1950

Taking off: Paddy Ashdown doing the high jump at Garth House School, Bangor in 1950

An Audience with Paddy Ashdown

An Audience with Paddy Ashdown

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Darren Clarke back in 1985 as part of the Fred Daley Team

Darren Clarke back in 1985 as part of the Fred Daley Team

Darren Clarke back in 1985 as part of the Fred Daley Team

British Open Champion Darren Clarke at his local bar the Bayview Hotel with the Claret Jug

British Open Champion Darren Clarke at his local bar the Bayview Hotel with the Claret Jug

Darren Clarke  1985 in his Junior Ireland Blazer

Darren Clarke 1985 in his Junior Ireland Blazer

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SANDWICH, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland holds the Claret Jug following his victory at the end of the final round of The 140th Open Championship at Royal St George's on July 17, 2011 in Sandwich, England. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Ross Kinnaird

George Best pictured with other prefects at Lisnasharragh High School, Belfast, 1961. George is pictured second left, centre row.

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