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<br /><b>George Best</b><br /> Regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, Best inspired Manchester United to European Cup success in 1968, the first time an English club had won the big prize. The Belfast star was named European Footballer of the Year following United’s European triumph, ahead of team mate Bobby Charlton. Best had already been elevated to popstar status by that stage, due in part to a stunning display when he scored twice in a 5-1 win away to Benfica in 1966 which saw him dubbed 'El Beatle'. Although playing 37 times for Northern Ireland, the team never made it to the World Cup Finals denying him a place on the ultimate international stage. Best's life was blighted by alcoholism, he was the classic wayward genius. He died in November 2005, aged 59.

<br /><b>George Best</b><br /> Regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, Best inspired Manchester United to European Cup success in 1968, the first time an English club had won the big prize. The Belfast star was named European Footballer of the Year following United’s European triumph, ahead of team mate Bobby Charlton. Best had already been elevated to popstar status by that stage, due in part to a stunning display when he scored twice in a 5-1 win away to Benfica in 1966 which saw him dubbed 'El Beatle'. Although playing 37 times for Northern Ireland, the team never made it to the World Cup Finals denying him a place on the ultimate international stage. Best's life was blighted by alcoholism, he was the classic wayward genius. He died in November 2005, aged 59.

George Best: Better than Messi?

George Best: Better than Messi?

&lt;b&gt;26 April, 1965: Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal&lt;/b&gt;
Busby's second great side claimed their first championship on a Monday night. Denis Law scored twice, George Best (pictured) the other and then the waiting began. Leeds, the only team who could halt United, were still playing against Birmingham. At Old Trafford the players waited on the pitch, the crowd waited too, then shortly after 9pm the result came through: 3-3. United were champions.

<b>26 April, 1965: Manchester United 3-1 Arsenal</b> Busby's second great side claimed their first championship on a Monday night. Denis Law scored twice, George Best (pictured) the other and then the waiting began. Leeds, the only team who could halt United, were still playing against Birmingham. At Old Trafford the players waited on the pitch, the crowd waited too, then shortly after 9pm the result came through: 3-3. United were champions.

One of the images from a collection of George Best memorabilia which has been found in a bedroom wardrobe at a house in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

One of the images from a collection of George Best memorabilia which has been found in a bedroom wardrobe at a house in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

One of the images from a collection of George Best memorabilia which has been found in a bedroom wardrobe at a house in Worsley, Greater Manchester.Mike Preston starred in an advert with the footballing legend

One of the images from a collection of George Best memorabilia which has been found in a bedroom wardrobe at a house in Worsley, Greater Manchester.Mike Preston starred in an advert with the footballing legend

One of the images from a collection of George Best memorabilia which has been found in a bedroom wardrobe at a house in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

One of the images from a collection of George Best memorabilia which has been found in a bedroom wardrobe at a house in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

George Best

George Best

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George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar

George Best has a drink in a Belfast bar

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

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

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Football legend George Best pictured in January 1964

Manchester United legend George Best

Manchester United legend George Best

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

George Best in training for Manchester United

George Best in training for Manchester United

Football legend George Best

Football legend George Best

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

George Best advertising Cookstown Sausages

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

George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

George Best footballer in Manchester United kit

George Best in action for Manchester United

George Best in action for Manchester United

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

George Best: Manchester United and Northern Ireland Legend

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

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

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).

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

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 and his mother Annie

George Best and his mother Annie

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

Football legend George Best pictured in 1990

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

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

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.

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

Calum Best in the funeral cortege.

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

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

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.

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

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

George Best chats to Michael Parkinson

George Best chats to Michael Parkinson

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George Best

Soccer legend George Best would have turned 64 tomorrow.

And to mark the occasion, teenagers from the estate where he grew up will take on a team from the Manchester United Foundation in a memorial match.

The game, to be played at Tillysburn Park on Belfast’s Holywood Road at 2.30pm, is the second leg of the tournament to raise funds for the George Best Foundation.

Barbara McNarry, George Best’s sister and secretary of the George Best Foundation, said: “It’s nearly five years since George’s death and I’m deeply touched that interest in him and his football achievements is as strong as ever.

“The Northern Ireland teenagers had a marvellous time in Manchester, whose people have always been very generous in supporting the foundation. We look forward to repaying the hospitality and are confident that this will become an annual event.”

The match is a joint initiative between the George Best Foundation and the Manchester United Foundation, which aims to use the football club’s success and standing to educate, motivate and inspire young people to build a better life for themselves.

John Shiels, chief executive of the Manchester United Foundation, said it was “privilege” and “dream come true” for his players to visit the birthplace of one of football’s most iconic characters.

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