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‘The only time I got near George Best was in the queue for the jacks’
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‘The only time I got near George Best was in the queue for the jacks’

Jun 4th 2020, 12:00 PM 20,231 Views 1 Comment

How do you stop the best players on the planet weaving their magic? Garry Doyle spoke to the men who got up close and personal with George Best, Pele, Maradona, Rory McIlroy and Jonah Lomu.

George and Me: 'I owe him a great deal and couldn't pay him back over two lifetimes'
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# Best Pals

George and Me: 'I owe him a great deal and couldn't pay him back over two lifetimes'

Apr 5th 2020, 9:45 PM 58,347 Views 14 Comments

Bobby McAlinden first met George Best when they were both fifteen. They became team-mates, business partners and lifelong friends.

John Dempsey: The King’s Road, Steve McQueen, and Chelsea and Ireland in the 1970s
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# Memory Lane

John Dempsey: The King’s Road, Steve McQueen, and Chelsea and Ireland in the 1970s

Jan 19th 2020, 10:00 AM 16,202 Views 7 Comments

Born in London to Irish parents, Dempsey was a member of the first Chelsea team to win the FA Cup, but found success harder to come by with Ireland.

'I was 13 or 14. I was growing up seeing all these people taking heroin and dying from it'
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'I was 13 or 14. I was growing up seeing all these people taking heroin and dying from it'

Jun 9th 2019, 7:00 AM 34,002 Views 5 Comments

Ireland legend Olivia O’Toole reflects on her career and discusses the future of football in the country.

Photos: George Best statue unveiled in Belfast
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Photos: George Best statue unveiled in Belfast

May 23rd 2019, 9:03 AM 21,274 Views 54 Comments

Hundreds turned out for the unveiling of the statue for the Man Utd and Northern Ireland legend yesterday.

'I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a privilege to be on the same field': Cruyff and the Irishman
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# Rock 'n' Roll Soccer

'I was an apprentice down the shipyard so it was just a privilege to be on the same field': Cruyff and the Irishman

Feb 28th 2019, 10:36 PM 22,276 Views 1 Comment

How Bill Irwin from the Ards Peninsula in County Down ended up playing with and against football’s biggest stars.

George Best's chaos, his Cork boss and a club in crisis: when United last faced Huddersfield
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# Red All Over

George Best's chaos, his Cork boss and a club in crisis: when United last faced Huddersfield

Oct 21st 2017, 1:00 AM 18,316 Views 23 Comments

The sides meet this weekend for the first time since March 1972.

Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma
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Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma

Jul 7th 2017, 12:08 PM 18,875 Views 31 Comments

Tommy Martin on Brexit, the Irish Open and how sport in Ireland is best served by the softest of borders.

'When I saw the tears in Busby's eyes, I realised the depth of their relationship and what George turned away'
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'When I saw the tears in Busby's eyes, I realised the depth of their relationship and what George turned away'

Feb 18th 2017, 7:10 AM 24,501 Views 49 Comments

Inside ‘George Best: All By Himself,’ an extraordinary, sobering look at the life and times of George Best.

Trailer released for new George Best film set for Irish premiere this month
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# The Belfast Boy

Trailer released for new George Best film set for Irish premiere this month

Feb 3rd 2017, 10:43 AM 7,219 Views 9 Comments

George Best: All By Himself hits cinemas on 24 February after screenings at the Dublin and Belfast Film Festivals.

‘It’s a shame in life when a person looks at the colour of your skin and doesn’t like you’
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‘It’s a shame in life when a person looks at the colour of your skin and doesn’t like you’

Dec 26th 2016, 11:55 AM 14,177 Views 17 Comments

Former West Ham star Clyde Best chats to The42 about being one of the first high-profile black footballers to play in the English top flight.

‘You start thinking about Best in a different way because you’re forced to look at him’
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# Legend

‘You start thinking about Best in a different way because you’re forced to look at him’

Nov 6th 2016, 8:00 AM 20,943 Views 14 Comments

A lost film about the Manchester legend is showing in the IFI in Dublin tonight.

Tyrone's answer to George Best and the world's best gambler: the week's best sportswriting
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Tyrone's answer to George Best and the world's best gambler: the week's best sportswriting

May 22nd 2016, 10:30 AM 9,957 Views 0 Comments

Get yourself a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable, we’ve got some cracking articles just a click away.

George Best's first TV interview: 'I've saved up about £700 and I'm hoping to get a car soon'
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George Best's first TV interview: 'I've saved up about £700 and I'm hoping to get a car soon'

Nov 25th 2015, 3:43 PM 15,056 Views 11 Comments

In 1964, the teenager had just made his debut for Manchester United and was on the cusp of super-stardom.

17 of the most memorable George Best quotes
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17 of the most memorable George Best quotes

Nov 25th 2015, 8:40 AM 176,625 Views 34 Comments

It’s 10 years today since the United legend’s death.

'He hugged me, kissed me on the cheek and said 'Ken, it's great to see you''
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'He hugged me, kissed me on the cheek and said 'Ken, it's great to see you''

Nov 25th 2015, 7:30 AM 21,154 Views 17 Comments

Former Irish underage international Ken Fogarty played alongside and against George Best during the glory days of the NASL.

Man United 'fan' of 30 years appears on Soccer AM and has no idea who George Best is
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# George Who?

Man United 'fan' of 30 years appears on Soccer AM and has no idea who George Best is

Nov 24th 2015, 7:35 PM 16,863 Views 31 Comments

But he instantly recognised Karel Poborsky.

'Messi is probably the most similar psychologically to Best in how he reads the game'
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'Messi is probably the most similar psychologically to Best in how he reads the game'

Nov 24th 2015, 3:56 PM 4,839 Views 6 Comments

Matthew Nolan says only one player could star in a movie similar to the ‘lost’ George Best one.

This George Best-esque Wrexham AFC goal from the lower leagues has just made our Sunday
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# Filthy

This George Best-esque Wrexham AFC goal from the lower leagues has just made our Sunday

Nov 15th 2015, 5:07 PM 8,662 Views 3 Comments

Dom Vose slalomed his way past half of the Gateshead team before firing to the net.

A long lost George Best art film is being revived later this month
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# Looking Back

A long lost George Best art film is being revived later this month

Nov 13th 2015, 5:11 PM 3,915 Views 4 Comments

A new Irish score is set to be performed for the first time at the event.

There's no room for 2 Irish legends in Juan Mata's all-time Man United XI
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There's no room for 2 Irish legends in Juan Mata's all-time Man United XI

Sep 18th 2015, 2:41 PM 10,628 Views 14 Comments

Eric Cantona, Bobby Charlton and Peter Schmeichel make the cut, however.

13 past big-name footballers who once played in the League of Ireland
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13 past big-name footballers who once played in the League of Ireland

Jul 15th 2015, 9:00 PM 10,292 Views 8 Comments

Following Damien Duff’s move to Shamrock Rovers this week, we recall other big-name players who have played in the LOI.

It's 50 years since a teenage George Best and Man United took English football by storm
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It's 50 years since a teenage George Best and Man United took English football by storm

Apr 28th 2015, 1:02 PM 3,305 Views 1 Comment

The late Northern Irishman’s 10 goals in 41 league appearances helped inspire the club’s title triumph.

Quiz: How big a Manchester United fan are you?
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Quiz: How big a Manchester United fan are you?

Sep 12th 2014, 7:32 AM 56,532 Views 23 Comments

Do you know the club inside-out like Alex Ferguson or are you as clueless as Robinho?

George Best's time in Cork and the Louis Van Gaal dossier; the week's best sportswriting
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# Essential Reading

George Best's time in Cork and the Louis Van Gaal dossier; the week's best sportswriting

Aug 24th 2014, 7:20 AM 4,776 Views 0 Comments

Also, how Ferguson’s high school American football team are coping amidst the chaos.

27 sports books to spend your Christmas vouchers on
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27 sports books to spend your Christmas vouchers on

Dec 25th 2013, 12:00 PM 14,956 Views 34 Comments

Featuring Jonny Sexton, George Best, Owen Mulligan and much more…

UVF mural with Martin Luther King quote replaces George Best tribute
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UVF mural with Martin Luther King quote replaces George Best tribute

Sep 24th 2013, 4:31 PM 13,520 Views 98 Comments

Work on the painting was suspended earlier this month after community leaders intervened, but it has since been completed.

22 signs that you’re an Antrim sports fan
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22 signs that you’re an Antrim sports fan

Jul 14th 2013, 9:35 PM 9,882 Views 11 Comments

Now with added AP McCoy and Willie John McBride.

Opinion: David Beckham may have been a limited footballer, but he was still a credit to his sport
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Opinion: David Beckham may have been a limited footballer, but he was still a credit to his sport

May 17th 2013, 9:00 AM 3,513 Views 20 Comments

After the former Manchester United star announced his decision to retire yesterday, we assess his legacy.

Want to stay in George Best's childhood home?
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Want to stay in George Best's childhood home?

Aug 1st 2012, 6:30 AM 3,334 Views 6 Comments

The house that George Best grew up in is after being turned into a holiday home in Belfast.

Column: Youth drinking problem? Perhaps we should look at ourselves…
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Column: Youth drinking problem? Perhaps we should look at ourselves…

Jul 12th 2012, 7:00 AM 45 Views 36 Comments

The Phoenix Park concert has highlighted the problem of young people and alcohol, writes Fiona Ryan – but the problems caused by parental drinking go largely unremarked.

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Calls for all Ireland soccer team at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

May 27th 2012, 7:45 AM 4,865 Views 49 Comments

As the Republic of Ireland head for Euro 2012, there was plenty of support for the merging of Trap’s men with Northern Ireland at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Kerry yesterday.

Going it alone: 10 of the best ever solo goals
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Going it alone: 10 of the best ever solo goals

Apr 10th 2012, 10:00 PM 1,304 Views 1 Comment

There’s no ‘i’ in ‘team’, but there are plenty in ‘individual brilliance’.

The Sports Pages: some of the week’s best sportswriting
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The Sports Pages: some of the week’s best sportswriting

Oct 23rd 2011, 9:30 AM 541 Views 2 Comments

Joe DiMaggio, Dan Wheldon, the beauty of football and a real-life answer to The Wrestler: it’s an extra-special, double edition of our weekly round-up.

Wayne Rooney is the white Pele, says Fergie
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Wayne Rooney is the white Pele, says Fergie

Sep 14th 2011, 11:36 AM 193 Views 0 Comments

The United striker is just like the Brazilian legend. And not in a men’s personal health kind of way.

George Best musical kicks off in Dublin
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George Best musical kicks off in Dublin

Jun 7th 2011, 3:03 PM 455 Views 0 Comments

Dancing Shoes – The George Best Story tells of the colourful life of the flamboyant winger who died of organ failure aged 59 in 2005.

The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting
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The Sunday Papers: some of the week’s best sportswriting

May 29th 2011, 10:13 PM 162 Views 0 Comments

Get the kettle on and put your feet up.

The Magnificent Seven: overlooked sports personalities
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The Magnificent Seven: overlooked sports personalities

Dec 17th 2010, 10:42 AM 671 Views 0 Comments

On the weekend that the BBC pick their sports personality of the year, Niall Kelly reflects on the ones that got away.