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The George Best Hotel to Showcase Unseen Memorabilia

The George Best Hotel is set to become one of the most unique hotels in Belfast. Our upcoming venue will celebrate the life of football icon, George Best. Working closely with the Best family, we're delighted to announce that we'll be showcasing unseen memorabilia from the Northern Irish star's career. George Best's sister Barbara and brother-in-law Norman McNarry have kindly...

‘El Beatle’ | How George Best Became Known as the Fifth Beatle

He was the world’s first celebrity sports star and football’s original pin-up – George Best held a grip on 1960s culture that rivalled the dominance of the Fab Four during his golden years at Manchester United. It’s no wonder they called him ‘El Beatle’. But, given that United’s most famous No.7 never met the boys from Merseyside, what was the...

Bob Bishop – The Football Scout who Discovered George Best

In 1961, Manchester United scout Bob Bishop discovered 15 year old George Best. Captivated by George's raw talent and skilful trickery, Bishop sent club manager Matt Busby a life-changing eight worded telegram. The message read, "I think I've found you a genius"...and the rest is history. If their paths hadn't intertwined, the world may never have known the name of the...

The Best George Best Songs & The Stories Behind Them

It’s no secret that football fans like to sing and with that said there’s no man with more songs to his name than George Best. The people simply loved his style, skills and cheeky charm so much they decided to pen ballads and tributes to celebrate his talent, career and his memory. So, we’ve unearthed some of the best George...

Plans For Lifesize Likeness Of George Best Landmark Unveiled

Soon Belfast will be welcoming a new landmark, a tribute to one of the world’s greatest footballers and Irish legend George Best. The life-size likeness of George Best will sit atop one of four new hotels in Belfast city centre, The George Best Hotel. A New Belfast Landmark The city of Belfast already has a long list of wonderful landmarks...

Explore Belfast Through the Footsteps of George Best

George Best might have left Belfast at the tender age of 15, but his heart continued to belong to the Northern Irish city long after he'd departed. Born in east Belfast on 22 May 1946 to a working-class family, there are spots all around the city that were touched by a little bit of George Best magic throughout his life....

Take a Look Back at Fascinating George Best Interviews

An icon of the 60s and 70s, George Best's style and charisma was perfectly captured on camera. Always humble and true to his roots, Best was frequently quizzed about his rise to fame, ties to Belfast and the glamorous lifestyle that captivated his fans. To showcase some of his finest moments on film, we've compiled some of our favourite George...

What Was it Like to Be Friends with George Best?

Can you imagine being friends with a football legend? In the 1970s, Northern Ireland teammates Tommy Cassidy and George Best shared a room for the duration of four years. And it's no surprise that the football duo shared some memorable moments along the way. Back in 2015, Cassidy recalled his friendship with the one and only George Best. Speaking to...

7 Iconic Footballers to Have Worn the Number 7 Jersey

The number 7 jersey has earned a glowing reputation over the decades. And it's fair to say that George Best set the bar particularly high when he donned the famous Manchester United jersey. Fom Eric Cantona to David Beckham, it didn't take long for a pattern of successful stars to follow. So, we thought we'd take a look at some of...

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