George Best - Thank You  

AlbertPrince 57M
4459 posts
11/29/2005 9:33 am

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George Best - Thank You

Usually the death of a celebrity passes me by without affecting me, but occassionally someone special dies it upsets me. It happened with John Lennon, and last week it happened again.

When I was growing up, there was a footballer who I worshipped. He had a special talent that we are unlikely to see again. Unfortunately he also had his problems that cut his career sadly short.

While at Manchester United, his talent and showmanship made him a crowd and media favourite. He was dubbed "the fifth Beatle" for his long hair and good looks, but his celebrity lifestyle led to problems with gambling, womanising and alcoholism.

He often told the story of a bellboy who entered his hotel room with breakfast in the early 1970s. Seeing him in bed with the current Miss World, a magnum of champagne and several thousand pounds of cash won from a night's gambling, the youth exclaimed, "George, where did it all go wrong?"

George Best Quotes

"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..."

"In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol. It was the worst 20 minutes of my life."

"I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep."

(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."

bobbydazzler69x 46M

11/29/2005 11:31 am

There's another legend of the 60's who was the greatest Scottish player of his day, who was also a fabulous winger, icon, and lifted the European Cup before George, and is dying prematurely of motor neurone disease. Best knew him well. He is the only Brit to have had a Faberge Egg made in his honour since Lord Nelson. When he dies I know I'll shed a tear. Scotland will come to a standstill for that funeral. You know who he is, I'm sure: Jimmy Johnstone. I saw George play for Hibs and also in a charity match for a non-league team in Glasgow, Pollok, where he had Miss World kick off. Even then he was different class. A tormented genius, even if that is a bit of a cliche, it's obviously true.

JJKittyKat 59F

11/29/2005 12:56 pm

Im sure the lifestyle was by choice but not the alcoholism

helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
11/29/2005 1:20 pm

*Hands Al a hanky* There, there, hun...


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

brightblonde3 58F

11/29/2005 1:33 pm

Your Majesty, his obit ran in the LA Times which does not alway pay attention to Manchester United...but George Best, as you know, played for the...

".. now-defunct North American Soccer League, coming first to Los Angeles to play for the Aztecs in 1976 and later for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and the San Jose Earthquakes. While in Los Angeles, Best opened a Hermosa Beach pub, Bestie's, that became popular with British expatriates and visiting soccer players and fans."

And was he cute!

Condolences to his family, friends and all his fans.


papyrina 51F
21133 posts
11/29/2005 1:56 pm

the best player is his day ,sad that he couldn't miss the demon drink.

I'm a

i'm here to stay

1023 posts
11/29/2005 8:38 pm

Scoring At Halftime.... sums it all up...

to his qoutes you mentioned, here's Agent Orange with Bloodstains

Blood stains, speed kills, fast cars, cheap thrills,
Fresh girls, fine wine, I lost my sense, I lost control, I lost my mind.

Sorry to see you down, sir.

toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
11/30/2005 5:22 pm

Ah, Bestie... what a player! What ball skills, what an imaginative, refined and unpredictable game he had!

And what a sad tale of wasted talent... It seems as though everything stopped as soon as he scored against Benfica in the 1968 Champions Cup Final at Wembley...

and btw.

Brightblonde, wow... I remember him playing for the Aztecs...

and Bobbydazzler, I remember Jimmy Johnstone playing for Celtic back in the days when they had no numbers on their shirts... just larger numbers on their shorts... I actually saw him live play against Olympiacos in 1975... [and btw. Olympiacos won 2-0 and qualified...]

Memories... fond memories...thanks Albert.

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