George Best

Northern Irish Footballer

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. He is described by the national team's governing body, the Irish Football Association, as the "greatest player to ever pull on the green shirt of Northern Ireland".… Read More

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1946 Birth He was born on 22 May 1946 and grew up in Cregagh, east Belfast. … Read More


1957 11 Years Old In 1957, at the age of 11, the academically gifted Best passed the 11 plus and went to Grosvenor High School, but he soon played truant as the school specialised in rugby. … Read More
Best made his First Division debut, aged 17, on 14 September 1963 against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford in a 1–0 victory. … Read More
1964 18 Years Old 1 More Event
That same season, Best was a part of the Manchester United side that won the 1964 FA Youth Cup, the sixth FA Youth Cup won under the management of Jimmy Murphy, and the first since the 1958 Munich air disaster.
1965 19 Years Old 1 More Event
He scored the opening goal of the 1965 FA Charity Shield at Old Trafford, which ended in a 2–2 draw with Liverpool. … Read More


1968 22 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Best also won the Ballon d'Or in 1968 after receiving more votes than Bobby Charlton, Dragan Džajić and Franz Beckenbauer. … Read More
1970 24 Years Old Best hit 23 goals, including an FA Cup record six goals in an 8–2 win over Northampton Town in a mud-bath at the County Ground on 7 February 1970. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old 1 More Event
…  However he was also sent off against Chelsea, was the subject of death threats, and failed to turn up for training for a whole week in January as he instead spent his time with Miss Great Britain 1971, Carolyn Moore. … Read More
1972 - 1973 2 More Events
1975 29 Years Old Best had a brief spell at Cork Celtic in December 1975 and January 1976. … Read More


1976 30 Years Old 1 More Event
He had a brief resurgence in form with Second Division club Fulham in 1976–77, showing that, although he had lost some of his pace, he retained his skills.
1978 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Best's mother Anne died from alcoholism-related cardiovascular disease in 1978, at the age of 55.
1981 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His son Calum Best was born in 1981 from his first marriage.
1982 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1982, Bournemouth manager Don Megson signed the 36-year-old Best for the Third Division side, and he remained there until the end of the 1982–83 season, when he retired from football at the age of 37.
1983 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Best played in a friendly for Newry Town against Shamrock Rovers in August 1983, before ending his professional career exactly 20 years after joining Manchester United with a brief four-match stint playing for the Brisbane Lions in the Australian National Soccer League during the 1983 season.
…  In 1984 he made a fitness album with Mary Stävin called Shape Up and Dance. … Read More


1990 44 Years Old In September 1990, Best appeared on the primetime BBC chat show Wogan in which he was heavily drunk and swore, at one point saying to the host, "Terry, I like screwing". … Read More
1995 49 Years Old He married Alex Pursey in 1995 in Kensington and Chelsea, London. They divorced in 2004; they had no children.


1999 - 2002 4 More Events
2003 57 Years Old The controversy was reignited in 2003 when he was spotted openly drinking white wine spritzers.
2004 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2004 she alleged that Best was violent towards her during their marriage, an issue that was, in fact, covered in Best's authorised 1998 biography "Bestie" in which Alex claimed that Best punched her in the face on more than one occasion.
A proponent of a United Ireland football team, in 2005 Best stated: "I've always thought that at any given time both the Republic and Northern Ireland have had some great world-class players. … Read More


2005 60 Years Old …  He died in 2005, age 59, due to complications from the immunosuppressive drugs he needed to take after a liver transplant in 2002.
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