1 August 2006

George Best

The Greatest? Certainly his name deserves to be mentioned alongside Pele, Maradona, Cruyff et al, and he was our "Belfast Boy"...

Name: George Best
Born: 22 May 1946, Belfast
Died: 25 November 2005, London (England)
Height: 5.09 ft
Weight: 10.03 st
Position: Forward

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 37 Full Caps/9 Goals (1964-1977), Youth Caps.
Club Honours: (with Manchester United) Football League Champion 1964/65, 1966/67; European Cup Winner 1967/68, Watney Cup Runner-Up 1970; FA Youth Cup Winner 1963/64.
Awards: Football Writers' Association Player of the Year 1968; European Footballer of the Year 1968, Texaco Award Winner (Annual Contribution to Irish Football) 1967; NASL All-Star Team 1976, 1977; NASL Second Team 1981; NASL Honourable Mention Team 1978; International Hall of Champions Inductee 1997; International Hall of Fame Inductee 2000; PFA Special Merit Award 2006; PFA Division Two Team of the Year 1977.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
FL Cup
Europe
Other*
Cregagh Boys Club
-
-
Youth
-
-
-
-
-
Manchester United
63/64-73/74
May-63
Youth
361(0)/137
46(0)/21
25(0)/ 9
34(0)/11
8(0)/ 3
Jewish Guild
1974
May-74
Guest
5(0)/  ?
-
(South Africa)
Stockport County
75/76
Nov-75
Loan
3(0)/  2
-
-
-
-
Cork Celtic
75/76
Dec-75
-
3(0)/  0
-
-
-
-
L.A. Aztecs
1976 - 1978
Apr-76
-
55(-)/ 27
-
-
-
6(-)/ 2
Fulham
76/77-77/78
Sep-76
-
42(0)/  8
2(0)/ 0
3(0)/ 2
-
-
Ft.Lauderdale.Strikers
1978 - 1979
Jun-78
-
28(-)/  6
-
-
-
5(-)/ 1
Hibernian
79/80-80/81
Nov-79
-
17(0)/  3
3(0)/ 0
2(0)/ 0
-
-
San.Jose.Earthquakes
1980 - 1981
Apr-80
-
56(-)/ 21
-
-
-
21(-)/33
AFC Bournemouth
82/83
Mar-83
-
5(0)/  0
-
-
-
-
Brisbane Lions
1983
-
-
4(0)/  0
-
(Australia)
Tobermore United
83/84
Feb-84
Guest
-
1(0)/ 0
(Irish League B Division)
TOTALS
-
£0
579(0)/204
51(0)/21
30(0)/11
34(0)/11
40(0)/39
* Other matches - Manchester United: 2/1 Charity Shield, 2/0 Intercontinental Cup, 4/2 Watney Cup; LA Aztecs and Fort Lauderdale Strikers: all play-offs; San Jose Earthquakes: all NASL Indoor season.

Best also guested for a number of clubs in friendlies and testimonials including Dunstable Town, Nuneaton Borough, Glentoran, Reading and many others.

Biography:
What is there to say about George Best? Too many articles have been written already to do him justice, so please check out the links below:

Irish FA Official Site Biography
Manchester United Official Site Biography
George Best Foundation
BEST Page
State of the Game Article - Where Did It All Go Wrong?
International Hall of Champions
International Hall of Fame
SoccerHistory Biography
George Best Books
FIFA: The Things They Say

"Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life." George Best




Northern Ireland Cap Details:
1
15/04/1964
Wales
A
W
3-2
BC 
2
29/04/1964
 Uruguay
H
W
3-0
FR 
3
03/10/1964
England
H
L
3-4
BC 
4
14/10/1964
Switzerland
H
W
1-0
WCQ 
5
14/11/1964
Switzerland
A
L
1-2
WCQ 
1 goal
6
25/11/1964
Scotland
A
L
2-3
BC 
1 goal
7
17/03/1965
Netherlands
H
W
2-1
WCQ 
8
07/04/1965
Netherlands
A
D
0-0
WCQ 
9
07/05/1965
Albania
H
W
4-1
WCQ 
1 goal
10
02/10/1965
Scotland
H
W
3-2
BC 
11
10/11/1965
England
A
L
1-2
BC 
12
24/11/1965
Albania
A
D
1-1
WCQ 
13
22/10/1966
England
H
L
0-2
ECQ 
14
21/10/1967
Scotland
H
W
1-0
ECQ 
15
23/10/1968
Turkey
H
W
4-1
WCQ 
1 goal
16
03/05/1969
England
H
L
1-3
BC 
17
06/05/1969
Scotland
A
D
1-1
BC 
18
10/05/1969
Wales
H
D
0-0
BC 
19
10/09/1969
USSR
H
D
0-0
WCQ 
20
18/04/1970
Scotland
H
L
0-1
BC 
sent-off
21
21/04/1970
England
A
L
1-3
BC 
1 goal
22
25/04/1970
Wales
A
L
0-1
BC 
23
11/11/1970
Spain
A
L
0-3
ECQ 
24
03/02/1971
Cyprus
A
W
3-0
ECQ 
1 goal
25
21/04/1971
Cyprus
H
W
5-0
ECQ 
3 goals
26
15/05/1971
England
H
L
0-1
BC 
27
18/05/1971
Scotland
A
W
1-0
BC 
28
22/05/1971
Wales
H
W
1-0
BC 
29
22/09/1971
USSR
A
L
0-1
ECQ 
30
16/02/1972
Spain
H
D
1-1
ECQ 
31
18/10/1972
Bulgaria
A
L
0-3
WCQ 
sent-off
32
14/11/1973
Portugal
A
D
1-1
WCQ 
33
13/10/1976
Netherlands
A
D
2-2
WCQ
34
10/11/1976
Belgium
A
L
0-2
WCQ
35
27/04/1977
West Germany
A
L
0-5
FR
36
21/09/1977
Iceland
H
W
2-0
WCQ
37
12/10/1977
Netherlands
H
L
0-1
WCQ


Summary: 37/9. Won 13, Drew 8, Lost 16.



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