It’s ten years since the death of the former Manchester United winger
25 November ~ Todays marks the tenth anniversary of George Best’s death, with Manchester United fans planning to unveil a display in his honour on the Stretford End tonight. In WSC 227, just after he passed away, Joyce Woolridge wrote: “Best… has become the standard against which today’s potential superstars are measured. Arguably the greatest British player ever; no one has yet come close to matching his many gifts.”
Yet despite his undoubted talent, Best was playing outside Division One by the age of 27 and died at 59. “Best was to meet his toughest challenges off the pitch,” Joyce wrote. “Though only a moderate drinker at first, he became addicted as United’s fortunes dipped under Busby’s successors and the media and public attention grew ever more oppressive” You can read her full obituary for the “dark ghost” who drifted along the wing here.