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Relive the life and footballing career of George Best, through newspaper stories of the time, in this fascinating George Best Book.
Debuting for Man United in 1963 is where coverage kicks off in this edition. At just 17, Best catapulted his career to become one of the youngest and greatest players in football history. One of the first celebrity footballers to catch the media’s eye, Best’s intriguing persona on and off the pitch was under the spotlight for most of his career.
In this edition, fans can read about his mesmerising skills and his colourful lifestyle, all through newspaper coverage written by reporters who watched him play. Major coverage spans over the last 40 years, including George Best’s KO against Burnley in 1965; major titles such as Europe’s Footballer of the Year in 1969, along with his coaching days during his later years.
Best has since scored 179 goals and made 490 appearances over 11 years. As one of Man United’s most decorated players, Best has been the club’s top goalscorer in the league for five consecutive seasons. Loyal to his club until his death in 2005, the edition celebrates his most memorable moments, with over four pages of coverage on his funeral.
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The book is available with a variety of presentation options, with the recipient’s Name and a Message printed on the certificate on the title page.
All the articles are printed on luxury paper, produced from fully licensed scans from the original newspapers. The books are always updated with the latest season and bound by hand in a hardback book.
The binding process takes four craftsmen/women over an hour to create each book by hand. To make the books even more exceptional, there are special editions with extra personalisation, available below.
Some of the editions are available with colour content and pictures from 2006 onwards. As well as the original black and white content, editions offering colour content and colour pages will include the colour content where available.
This George Best Football Book is 'Tabloid' size 38 x 31cm, available in a selection of smart, high-quality covers. All reports in this book are taken from The Daily Mirror.
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Best made an immediate and lasting impact. Many of his memorable games are covered in the George Best Book, as reported in the newspapers at the time. The legend was born on March 9th 1966, the night Manchester United beat Benfica 1-5 in the European Cup Quarter Final, inspired by Best’s two goals. This George Best Book also covers the Best’s tremendous performance to help Manchester United beat Benfica to win the European Cup, scoring one of the three goals in extra time. George Best’s superb goal against Nottingham Forest in October 1969, also features. It was described by Sir Matt Busby as ‘It’s one of the great goals of all time. I can’t remember seeing one much better’. On the pitch he was a genius, recognised by his award of European Footballer of the Year in 1969.
Off the pitch, Best had a colourful and turbulent life. These George Best Books cover the ups and downs of his personal life – the girls, the drink and the rifts with his clubs. We also cover newspapers reports of some of his comebacks, including those at Fulham and Hibernian.
The George Best Book closes with the emotional tributes to a great great player, the genius of his generation. We cover many pages of the celebration of his life, one of the most skillful players to grace the game.
This unique insight into the playing career and life of George Best make these books truly memorable George Best Gifts and a great addition to any collection of George Best memorabilia.