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Last Updated: Friday, 25 November 2005, 14:23 GMT
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George Best

So George, where did it all go wrong?
The hotel bellboy who delivered champagne to Best's room and found him entertaining a scantily-clad Miss World on a bed covered with his winnings from the casino.

I've stopped drinking, but only while I'm asleep.
George Best provides some dark humour about his addiction.

The only thing I have in common with George Best is that we come from the same place, play for the same club and were discovered by the same man
Norman Whiteside.

I think I've found you a genius.
The telegram sent to Manchester United by talent scout Bob Bishop, who discovered a 15-year-old Best playing for Cregagh Boys' Club.

I once said Gazza's IQ was less than his shirt number and he asked me: "What's an IQ?"
Best on Paul Gascoigne.

I'd give all the Champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford.
Eric Cantona impressed Best.

In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol - it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.
George Best - ever the joker.

I was in for 10 hours and had 40 pints - beating my previous record by 20 minutes.
Best on the blood transfusion after his liver transplant.

He's not George Best, but then again, no-one is.
Commentator Clive Tyldesley.

I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
Best on cash.

The ball from the Northampton Town game

The closest I got to him was when we shook hands at the end of the game.
Northampton player Roy Fairfax, who had been marking Best when he scored six goals in an 8-2 FA Cup win for Man Utd in 1970.

That's what children do - throw food. That's not fighting. We were real men. We'd have chinned them.
Best gives his verdict on the infamous Battle of the Buffet between Manchester United and Arsenal.

Shellito was taken off suffering from twisted blood!
United team-mate Pat Crerand after Best had given Chelsea full-back Ken Shellito a torrid time.

He's been very, very lucky, an average player who came into the game when it was short of personalities.
Best on Kevin Keegan.

He was able to use either foot - sometimes he seemed to have six.
Sir Matt Busby on Best.




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