As he said once "If I had been the model professional my career would have gone on as long as Bobby Charltons, but it wouldn't have been as much fun"ABIDAN wrote:Lawman, in your opinion, if he had taken the straight and narrow path instead of the road to oblivion, how long could he have gone on for us, and would have he have stayed with us throughout his career ?
Nice of you to post mate.We haven't many (if any) posters left on the board who saw George play.Lawman was a much valued and respected member of this board but sadly he no longer posts on here so it was nice to read a post and a recollection from someone who saw Best play again.Cheersword4word wrote:Hi Lawman,
I'd like to confirm your account of the replay against Southampton. I was staying in a B&B near Trafford Park in Manchester that week on a training programme with the company I had just started work for. I had travelled up from Birmingahm with another trainee. We were both football mad (he supported Hamilton Academicals in Scotland). It was worth it. Best was simply fantastic. I've never seen a footballer then or now to touch him. Even Lionel Messi of Barcelona couldn't do what he did sometimes. Given that pitches then were not smooth like now, and in the winter months they cut up badly around the goalmouth, his ball control was phenomenal.
I feel privileged to have seen Best that night, towards the end of his career with United. I have a memory of the other goal he scored as being equally brilliant. Of course, time can play tricks on us all. I think he beat at least two Southampton players on the left edge of their penalty area. He received the ball with his back to the goal, then flicked it up and over the first defender, trapped the ball on the other side and dribbled it past the next defender before scoring the goal. The order could have been different. It all happened so quickly that even now I have doubts about what I saw. I would love to know if anyone has an access to a report of the game in the Manchester Evening News or another independent source to see if my memory is correct or not.
By the way I've been an Aston Villa supporter since 1957 (age 10) when they beat United in the FA Cup final that year (2-1). I hope you won't hold that against me.
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