5 years on – Gone but never forgotten

“When the football was great and I was playing well, I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and that was the foundation of my life” George Best

“When the football was great and I was playing well, I couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and that was the foundation of my life” George Best

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22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005


  • “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars – the rest I just squandered.”
  • “I used to go missing a lot…Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom, Miss World…”
  • On David Beckham “He cannot kick with his left foot, he cannot head a ball, he cannot tackle and he doesn’t score many goals. Apart from that he’s alright.”
  • “If I had been born ugly, you would never have heard of Pelé”
  • “In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol. It was the worst 20 minutes of my life.”
  • “Pelé called me the greatest footballer in the world. That is the ultimate salute to my life.”
  • “I’ve stopped drinking, but only while I’m asleep.”
  • “I once said Gazza’s IQ was less than his shirt number and he asked me: “What’s an IQ?”
  • On Éric Cantona “I’d give all the Champagne I’ve ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford.”
  • On the blood transfusion after his liver transplant “I was in for 10 hours and had 40 pints – beating my previous record by 20 minutes.”
  • “I went from El Beatle to El Vino in three short years.”

He may be gone but George will NEVER forgotten

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