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“Not even the Berlin Wall could have stopped him.”


Tributes to the late great George Best are all over the Internet today, including at the iJamming! Pub, which thankfully maintains its own rhythms even when I shut down for Thanksgiving. Feel free to add your own tributes in The Pub or comment using the form below.

I came across the quote I’ve used for today’s headline from The Guardian’s obituary on Best’s death. It’s courtesy of Kim Book, “the Northampton Town goalkeeper who was beaten a record six times by the Manchester United winger during the 8-2 victory in the 1970 FA Cup.” And it seems to sum up the man as many of us would prefer to remember him – in and on his day, the greatest footballer in the world has ever seen. RIP.

A few weeks ago, after digging out a 1970 documentary on George Best and realizing just how much he shared in common with Keith Moon – not least that they were the same age – I wrote up a tribute of sorts here at iJamming! By the freakiest of coincidences, I wrote it the same day he was admitted to hospital, never to re-emerge. I’ll let it stand as my own obituary of sorts.

George Best.

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  1. TheOnlyLivingPaddyCasinoInStatenIsland

    26 November, 2005 at 4:55 pm

    “A few weeks ago, after digging out a 1970 documentary on George Best and realizing just how much he shared in common with Keith Moon – not least that they were the same age ”

    From the American perspective, the similarities between Best and Mickey Mantle are startling as well. Both were superstars with teams whose success paralleled each other (the Yankees in the US, Man Utd in the rest of the world). They loved the nightlife as well and the drink and somehow maintained a state of greatness despite. Mantle, who came of age in the 1950’s was the young, happening post-war face, Best was one of the central figures of new, young England. It seems though that George Best reached an impossible level of greatness whereas Mantle, despite how great he was, was always seen as not reaching his potential due to an early injury as well as drink. It did not get in the way of the hero worship baseball fans cast upon Mantle, much like the adoration cast upon Best. Both had similar dooms.

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