Memories of the Best
MOST people of my generation would say George Best was the greatest footballer they ever saw play.
He excelled in every facet of the game. Even his name, like his play, was smooth and cool... but he wasn’t always called George.
Best was born on May 22, 1946, and his birth certificate shows that when his birth was registered five days later he was called Reginald Samuel Best.
He was called Reginald Samuel for at least the first 15 days of his life and only became George when he was baptised on June 6, 1946.
By the time he was baptised his parents thought his name was too much of a mouthful to say and changed it simple to George Best.
It was his mum’s decision and she called him George after one of her relatives.
George apparently enjoyed crosswords and especially making anagrams out of words or phrases. He came up with one himself, which was rather prophetic, when he changed his own name into the anagram ‘Go Get Beers.’
Considered to be one of the football’s greats, if not the greatest who ever lived, he was struck down by the terrible scourge of alcoholism and died at the untimely age of 59. Colin Morrison, Whitefield