George Best

Date of birth22 May 1946
Place of birthBelfast
NationalityNorthern Irish
PositionMidfielder/Forward
Died25 November 2005

Best is reputedly the finest footballer ever produced by the British Isles. His total control of a football combined with every other attribute required by a player, meant he could have held down any outfield position. However, it is as a consummate wingman that he is remembered, an outstanding individualist within a team ethic, he was never merely a circus act. He combined the life of a rock star with that of an athlete, a seemingly impossible act which eventually consumed him. He won two League titles (1965 and 1967) and the European Cup (1968). His six goals at Northampton in the FA Cup of 1970 remains a club record.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Manchester United 01 May 1963 01 Sep 1976

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1963-64 Manchester United FA Cup 7
2
1963-64 Manchester United League Division One 17
4
1963-64 Manchester United UEFA European Cup Winners Cup 2
1964-65 Manchester United FA Cup 7
2
1964-65 Manchester United Fairs Cup 11
2
1964-65 Manchester United League Division One 41
10
1965-66 Manchester United European Cup 6
4
1965-66 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1
1965-66 Manchester United FA Cup 5
3
1965-66 Manchester United League Division One 31
9
1966-67 Manchester United FA Cup 2
1966-67 Manchester United League Cup 1
1966-67 Manchester United League Division One 42
10
1967-68 Manchester United European Cup 9
3
1967-68 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1967-68 Manchester United FA Cup 2
1
1967-68 Manchester United League Division One 41
28
1968-69 Manchester United European Cup 6
2
1968-69 Manchester United FA Cup 6
1
1968-69 Manchester United Intercontinental Cup 2
1
1968-69 Manchester United League Division One 41
19
1969-70 Manchester United FA Cup 8
6
1969-70 Manchester United League Cup 8
2
1969-70 Manchester United League Division One 37
15
1969-70 Rest of the UK Prince of Wales Investiture 1
1970-71 Manchester United FA Cup 2
1
1970-71 Manchester United League Cup 6
2
1970-71 Manchester United League Division One 40
18
1971-72 Manchester United FA Cup 7
5
1971-72 Manchester United League Cup 6
3
1971-72 Manchester United League Division One 40
18
1972-73 Manchester United League Cup 4
2
1972-73 Manchester United League Division One 19
4
1973-74 Manchester United League Division One 12
2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
28 Jul 1969 Wales v Rest of the UK W 0-1 Prince of Wales Investiture


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1963-64 Northern Ireland British Championships 1
1963-64 Northern Ireland International Friendly 1
1964-65 Northern Ireland British Championships 2
1
1964-65 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 5
2
1965-66 Northern Ireland British Championships 2
1965-66 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1966-67 Northern Ireland UEFA European Championship 1
1967-68 Northern Ireland UEFA European Championship 1
1968-69 Northern Ireland British Championships 3
1968-69 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1
1969-70 Northern Ireland British Championships 3
1
1969-70 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1970-71 Northern Ireland British Championships 3
1970-71 Northern Ireland UEFA European Championship 3
4
1971-72 Northern Ireland UEFA European Championship 2
1972-73 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1
1973-74 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 1
1976-77 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 2
1
1976-77 Northern Ireland International Friendly 1
1977-78 Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup 2


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
15 Apr 1964 Wales v Northern Ireland W 2-3 British Championships
29 Apr 1964 Northern Ireland v Uruguay W 3-0 International Friendly
03 Oct 1964 Northern Ireland v England L 3-4 British Championships
14 Oct 1964 Northern Ireland v Switzerland W 1-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
14 Nov 1964 Switzerland v Northern Ireland L 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
25 Nov 1964 Scotland v Northern Ireland L 3-2 British Championships
17 Mar 1965 Northern Ireland v Netherlands W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
07 Apr 1965 Netherlands v Northern Ireland D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
07 May 1965 Northern Ireland v Albania W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
02 Oct 1965 Northern Ireland v Scotland W 3-2 British Championships
10 Nov 1965 England v Northern Ireland L 2-1 British Championships
24 Nov 1965 Albania v Northern Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 5
22 Oct 1966 Northern Ireland v England L 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 8
21 Oct 1967 Northern Ireland v Scotland W 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 8
23 Oct 1968 Northern Ireland v Turkey W 4-1 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
03 May 1969 Northern Ireland v England L 1-3 British Championships
06 May 1969 Scotland v Northern Ireland D 1-1 British Championships
10 May 1969 Northern Ireland v Wales D 0-0 British Championships
10 Sep 1969 Northern Ireland v USSR D 0-0 FIFA World Cup Europe group 4
18 Apr 1970 Northern Ireland v Scotland L 0-1 British Championships
21 Apr 1970 England v Northern Ireland L 3-1 British Championships
25 Apr 1970 Wales v Northern Ireland L 1-0 British Championships
11 Nov 1970 Spain v Northern Ireland L 3-0 UEFA European Championship Group 4
03 Feb 1971 Cyprus v Northern Ireland W 0-3 UEFA European Championship Group 4
21 Apr 1971 Northern Ireland v Cyprus W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group 4
15 May 1971 Northern Ireland v England L 0-1 British Championships
18 May 1971 Scotland v Northern Ireland W 0-1 British Championships
22 May 1971 Northern Ireland v Wales W 1-0 British Championships
22 Sep 1971 USSR v Northern Ireland L 1-0 UEFA European Championship Group 4
16 Feb 1972 Northern Ireland v Spain D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 4
18 Oct 1972 Bulgaria v Northern Ireland L 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 6
14 Nov 1973 Portugal v Northern Ireland D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
13 Oct 1976 Netherlands v Northern Ireland D 2-2 FIFA World Cup Group 4
10 Nov 1976 Belgium v Northern Ireland L 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
27 Apr 1977 West Germany v Northern Ireland L 5-0 International Friendly
21 Sep 1977 Northern Ireland v Iceland W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 4
12 Oct 1977 Northern Ireland v Netherlands L 0-1 FIFA World Cup Group 4


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.