George Best at 17

George Best at 17

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Details

Location

Cregagh

Year

1964

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

black and white

Length

04min 32sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, ITV, UTV

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

A fresh-faced, football legend-in-the-waiting is interviewed for the first time and enjoys a kickabout on the local Cregagh estate.

"Tell me about yourself," requests the interviewer, in a charming television report that introduced the audience at home to George Best. The interview took place mere months after Best had made his first-team debut at Manchester United, on September 14, 1963. Best reminisces about his first trial at United and how homesickness almost scuppered his footballing dream. 

 

Notes

Best was discovered at age 15 by Belfast-based scout, Bob Bishop. Bishop sent a telegram to then-Manchester United manager Matt Busby, with the prophetic message, "I think I've found you a genius."

Credits

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage.

These news rushes are courtesy of the UTV Archive.

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