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I'm so proud, says George Best's son at charity game

Stars turn out for Calum's charity game at Windsor

Calum Best at the celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast
Calum Best at the celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast
Calum Best takes selfies with the crowd
Actor Danny Dyer with fans
NI boxer Carl Frampton
Calum with some of the players and team mascots at the celebrity match at Windsor Park, Belfast
Actor Jake Wood
Brett Campbell

By Brett Campbell

Calum Best expressed pride that his famous father George's footballing legacy lives on in Belfast after he teamed up with a host of celebrities to raise money for young people affected by alcoholism.

Around 6,000 football fans turned out to watch the star-studded 'My Tribute' match which was organised to raise money for an organisation devoted to supporting children growing up in families with alcoholics. Despite Best, the captain of the green-clad team, being prevented from playing due to a cartilage injury in his knee, he did don the Number 7 shirt for a few brief seconds.

He even managed to tuck one into the back of the net before returning to the sideline.

The score was 4-4 when the full time whistle was blown, allowing the reality TV star to remain optimistic.

However, all hope was dashed when the opposing team in red, captained by EastEnders star Jake Wood, claimed victory following a tense penalty shoot out.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph after Jermaine Pennant clinched the reds' winning goal, Best expressed mixed emotions.

"The fact that I couldn't play was a killer," he said.

Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United's xi celebrate during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United's xi celebrate during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 MC Harvey celebrates during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jermaine Pennant scores the winning penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jermaine Pennant scores the winning penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jermaine Pennant scores the winning penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jermaine Pennant scores the winning penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake Fowler during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Danny Dyer takes a penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Carl Frampton scores during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Carl Frampton scores during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Josh Denzel during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jack Fowler during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jeremy Lynch during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Danny Dyer during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Danny Dyer during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake's United XI celebrate with the trophy during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 MOM Carl Frampton during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Danny Dyer during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Man Like Haks saves a penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Jake Fowler during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Calum Best scores a penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Calum Best scores a penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 14/4/2019 Calum Best scores a penalty during a Sellebrity Soccer match At the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park iBelfast on Sunday. Television personality Calum Best, son of legendary Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best, is one of the driving forces behind the ÔMy TributeÕ game. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Rob Lang scores for Calum's NI XI
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Rob Lang scores for Calum's NI XI
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Calum Best
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Rob Lang and Tubes
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Jermaine Lynch and Jermaine Pennant
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Jermaine Lynch and Jermaine Pennant
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 14 April 2019 National Stadium at Windsor Park Belfast. "Mt Tribute" Celebrity Football Match Calum's NI Squad v Jake's United Squad Danny Dyer
Sam Gowland with partner Chloe Ferry during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Fans watch the celebrity match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 14, 2019. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sam Gowland with partner Chloe Ferry during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Calum Best takes selfies with the crowd during the celebrity match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 14, 2019. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sam Gowland with partner Chloe Ferry during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Danny Dyer and fans during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Danny Dyer and fans during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
MC Harvey of Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Carl Frampton and Danny Dyer in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jakes United in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Danny Dyer in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jermaine Pennant in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jermaine Pennant in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jermaine Pennant in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jermaine Pennant in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jermaine Pennant in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Jermaine Pennant in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Carl Frampton in action during the my tribute celebrity football match at the National Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on April 14th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

"I'm lucky to be able to play in these charity games all over the country, including at Old Trafford.

"But this was about throwing my own and the IFA gave me permission to do it - so I made it a tribute to my dad."

Former Northern Ireland and Manchester United player George Best died in 2005 of multiple organ failure after complications from a liver transplant.

The east Belfast star is still regarded as one of the greatest players to ever grace football's top flight and indeed the world.

"To be at Windsor Park and see my old man's picture on the wall is something special," his son said.

After posing for selfies with many of the fans in the stands, Best expressed immense pride in his late father's achievements.

"It's brilliant that parents and families keep his legacy alive," he said. "The fact that young kids who come here know who Georgie Best is proves he's still a hero.

"They are very proud of him and that makes me very proud."

EastEnders stars Danny Dyer and Dean Gaffney, James Argent of The Only Way Is Essex and Dan Osborne, who also starred in TOWIE and Celebrity Big Brother also took part in the Sellebrity Soccer event.

George Best
George Best

Love Island stars Jack Fowler, Josh Denzel and Sam Gowland, took to the pitch along with rapper, actor and former non-league footballer MC Harvey.

But it was Belfast boxing hero Carl Frampton who was crowned man of the match in part for helping keep his side's dreams alive by scoring a penalty.

But Best - who has passionately supported the National Association for Children of Alcoholics for 15 years - said the day was really about raising the profile of a charity close to his heart.

"I have climbed mountains and ran five marathons to raise money for children affected by alcoholism," he said.

"I don't shout it from the roof tops but it's something I've been dedicated to. A lot of kids have it in the family and they need to know about this charity.

"I grew up in America and what I've noticed in Ireland and the UK is that people, especially men, keep their problems too close to their chest and don't talk about them - that must change."

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