True Genius: George Best

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True Genius: George Best

True Genius: George Best

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Matches of the Day: How footballing marriages of yesterday compare to Coleen and Wayne's lavish nuptials". He was successfully defended when the case reached court in January 1973 by barrister George Carman QC, a close drinking companion of Best, as acknowledged in his book, Scoring at Half Time. Northampton goalkeeper Kim Book on the jibes he has faced since being fooled by Best's feint in a 1970 FA Cup game against Manchester United. He is also modest when he describes the match when he nut-megged Johan Cruyff (he does not mention the nutmeg, just the media reports that he played better than Cruyff). Close friends in the game visited his bedside to make their farewells, including Rodney Marsh, and the two other members of the "United Trinity", Bobby Charlton and Denis Law.

Interesting, and sad as he chronicles his battles with alcoholism and the effect it had on his life. He died in 2005, aged 59, from complications from the immunosuppressive drugs he needed to take after a liver transplant in 2002. So I discovered this story – that was told to me almost by chance – which gave a major clue as to the truth.

At the end of July and start of August 2002, he had a successful liver transplant at the private Cromwell Hospital in London.

Así que decidí cosérmelos para no caer en la tentación y tuve que volar a Dinamarca porque la operación no era legal en Inglaterra en ese momento. ACTIVE SPACES: Belfast's Cregagh Green first to benefit from London Marathon Charitable Trust funding". Despite well-documented problems with his health and private life over the years, George Best retained the energy and character that had made him an icon to his many fans up until his death on 25 November 2005. This is one of the themes of David Peace's Bill Shankly novel Red or Dead, which reimagines football as a kind of primitive, incantatory rite, with the manager as its arch-druid.

It is difficult not to feel sympathy for his long term wife/girlfriends who provide long term support and are often discarded on a whim (and that's only hearing his side of the story ).

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