'We were the first generation to have to deal with the modern stardom of football. Some handled it better than others' George Best
Written in the months before he died, Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths is George's farewell letter to the great footballing era in which he burned so brightly - a personal history of the golden years before TV and agents changed everything. From the breaking of the maximum wage to the cusp of the first million-pound player, it follows the triumphs and tragedies of every season from 1960 to 1974. It is the story of our greatest footballing generation - Greaves, Moore, Law, Charlton, Osgood, Lorimer, Jennings, Hurst and, of course, Best himself.
One last look back at the tortured life of the most charismatic footballer of our generation
Best's love letter to the Beautiful Game and his own youth
A great read
A complete history of the sport before money and marketing took over