Me­mories of the Best

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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

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