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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.

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

Manchester is renowned for sporting heros who fans have idolised for years.

The Belfast-born star is scoring high in Manchester where his memorabilia outsells all others in a museum shop.

Best, who shot to fame playing for the Red Devils, went on to become one of the greatest footballing stars of all-time.

At the National Football Museum in the north west city, it isn't current stars such as Sergio Aguero and Wayne Rooney who had the tills ringing this Christmas period.

Instead, Best memorabilia was by far the most popular when it came to festive gifts sold at the museum's shop.

The winger, who became a poster boy off the pitch as well as on it in the 1960s, outsold all others - including 1966 World Cup replica trophies and retro shirts.

Paul Evans, head of retail at the museum, said: "It's amazing that after all these years George Best is still revered by football fans."

Among the top-selling Best products were framed pictures.

An abstract of the star by Manchester artist Fanny Gogh has proved a popular item.

Also included in the memorabilia at the museum is a framed George Best signed boot, priced at £2,000.

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Fanny Gogh’s abstract print of George Best is a big seller in museum store

Fanny Gogh’s abstract print of George Best is a big seller in museum store

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Fanny Gogh’s abstract print of George Best is a big seller in museum store

Evans added: "Football has come a long way since George Best graced the pitch, but for many his on-pitch talent and off-pitch personality mean he is still hugely popular today."

In 13 years, Best only played 37 times for Northern Ireland, scoring nine goals.

After making his debut for Manchester United aged 17, he scored 179 goals from 470 appearances over 11 years, and was the club's top goalscorer in the league for five consecutive seasons.

Best was one of the first celebrity footballers, famously earning the nickname 'El Beatle' in 1966.

But his subsequent extravagant lifestyle led to various problems, most notably alcoholism, which he suffered from for the rest of his life.

He died aged just 59 on November 25, 2005.

Belfast Telegraph


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