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Date: Sat Jun 20 07:10:20 GMT+00:00 1998
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2. Signing All Set (D.Mail)


X-Sender: sfisher@pinc.com Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 15:04:11 -0800 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Steve Fisher Subject: BESTIE: A PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU X-MIME-Autoconverted: from quoted-printable to 8bit by eris.web-plus.dk id XAA22280 I read this review of 'Bestie' in the Times and I thought the list might appreciate it. Best of best? A portrait of the player in his prime - but his heart remains hidden Simply the, er. . . BESTIE: A PORTRAIT OF A LEGEND The Authorised Biography of George Best By Joe Lovejoy Sidgwick & Jackson, 16.99 ISBN 0 283 06313 0 There is an interesting book to be written about George Best. Sadly, Bestie is not it. Perhaps this is not the right moment for a balanced view: we seem to be in act four of a five-act tragedy. But when the hour cometh we can only hope that another man - and not Joe Lovejoy - cometh at the same time. Nonetheless, there is raw material here which a future biographer will wish to use. Lovejoy has spent many hours across saloon bar tables with Best, and a number of his playing and drinking pals. Indeed, half the book is made up of the ramblings of former players and coaches, debating the ins and outs of exciting training ground disputes in the early 1960s. The bald facts of George Best's life are quickly stated. Discovered in Belfast at 15, he became part of a Manchester United team which enjoyed a brief period of success in the mid-1960s, becoming the first English team to win the European Cup - a feat since emulated a number of times, by Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa among others. Best himself was a two-footed footballing phenomenon, but one who turned very early to drink, so that by 25 his career was effectively over. Since around 1972, Best - an acknowledged alcoholic - has inhabited a shadowy world of nightclubs, casinos, guest appearances, chat shows and photo opportunities. He has been a chronic gambler and a noted womaniser. He has enjoyed well-publicised affairs with a series of beautiful women, who have struggled against his alcoholism and have on occasion been abused for their pains. Best the family man is quickly dispatched. He does not visit his father, though occasionally finds time for a word or two with him if he turns up at "a venue". He has fathered a 15-year-old son, whom he sees once or twice a year. Most recently he took him on an illegal drinking excursion, with predictable tabloid exposure to follow. Even in this authorised biography, no redeeming features emerge: no acts of kindness, no hidden depths, no charitable work. He stayed in the pub rather than playing, as agreed, in Bobby Charlton's testimonial - while drinking chums threw eggs at Charlton's picture. This is, in other words, a profoundly depressing portrait of a sad, sick man. But Lovejoy seems scarcely to notice, obsessed with footballing trivia and lists of drinks consumed and bets lost. A different pen might tell us what Best feels about the wreckage of his life, and why so many women have tried to make some sense of it. But I did clear up one personal mystery. Some time around 1966 I was minding my own business walking home through the exotic north Manchester suburb of Crumpsall, when I was nearly flattened by a white Jaguar, with Best at the wheel, emerging from a drive like a cork from a bottle. I was puzzled, because any self-respecting fan knew that Best lived in Chorlton, some miles away. Lovejoy provides the answer. While George did live in Chorlton with a Manchester United landlady, he and a Manchester City footballer rented another flat for what are coyly described as "extra-curricular activities". I cannot say that my life has been blighted by not knowing this for the past 30 years, but for that small illumination I am grateful to Lovejoy. Hope it is of interest Fish steve fisher hillside printing co ltd 3050 nanaimo st victoria b.c. canada ph 250-386-5542 fax 250-386-7838 e-mail sfisher@vvv.com web http://vvv.com/hillside/ web http://www.trafford.com

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Sat, 20 Jun 1998 09:00:41 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Signing All Set (D.Mail) United 'ready for World Cup signing' - Edwards Friday, June 19, 1998 Manchester United will make a move for a World Cup star before the end of France '98. Chairman Martin Edwards is giving away no secrets, but admits everything is in place to make a swift signing. He claims he wants any deal tied up before the trophy is handed over on July 12 but who United will be signing remains a mystery. 'It's no use hanging fire in case someone else steps in ahead of you,' said Edwards. 'You can be too late if you watch the World Cup then make your move afterwards.' Manager Alex Ferguson and at least two of his staff are on scouting duty in France and Edwards is waiting for the call to tell him to set the buying process in motion. United have been linked with many top names but Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta is one of the favourites.

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