George Best

George Best In His Own Words
  • George Best In His Own Words

  • This selection of BBC archive interviews with celebrated footballer George Best begins in the 1970s, when Best is enjoying success at a young age. It continues into the 1980s, by which time he has become a husband and father and has also had to come to terms with his alcoholism. Career and personal highs and lows are discussed, along with recollections of his upbringing and reflections on relationships, drinking and his deep passion for football. Final comments are heard in an interview with Nicky Campbell from 2000.

    The interviews included are: The World of George Best, BBC Television (first broadcast 11 February 1970); Parkinson, BBC One (first broadcast 17 February 1973); Sport on Two, BBC Radio 2 (first broadcast 19 September 1981); The John Dunn Show, BBC Radio 2 (first broadcast 21 September 1981); Motives, BBC Radio 4 (first broadcast 25 July 1983); A Word With Williams, BBC Radio (first broadcast 6 January 1985); Nicky Campbell, BBC Radio 1 (first broadcast 1 January 2000).

    Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary.

    ©2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2022 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

Christened the Fifth Beatle at his peak, Best was the first pop star footballer and had teenage girls flocking to Old Trafford decades before the likes of Giggs and Beckham. Unable to cope with the success and fame that his talent brought him, Best fell into alcoholism. 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.

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