George Best: the greatest ever British footballer? Sheffield gets to see him again

George Best of Manchester United (11) runs onto the pitch, following Denis Law (10) at Old Trafford, circa 1964.
George Best of Manchester United (11) runs onto the pitch, following Denis Law (10) at Old Trafford, circa 1964.
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Sheffield football fans may have been deprived of top-level football for a good few years.

But there are plenty who can remember seeing Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday taking on the nation’s top teams, week in, week out.

Those old enough to remember one opposition player, in particular, will never forget him.

George Best: the maverick Manchester United winger who enchanted a generation. You might have hated his team, but you had to admire his balance, bravery, skill and downright cheek.

The soccer wizard normally wore number seven or 11.

He wore the number 9 jersey (Bobby Charlton was injured) once in 1969, scoring the only goal to beat Sheffield Wednesday.

Blades’ fans at Old Trafford won’t forget his weaving run and precisely-hit strike against them in 1971–72 campaign.

Now Sheffield sports fans will be able to gain a cinematic insight in a 92 minutes new documentary feature, which is premiered at the city’s Showroom Cinema from Friday.

It is the work of BAFTA-nominated director Daniel Gordon, who made a brilliant documentary on the Hillsborough Disaster.

The show: “BEST: George Best: All By Himself” promises to explore the idol in a way never seen him before, celebrating his playing prowess, revealing his flaws leading to his death in 2005.

Sheffield, 3rd September 1993
: George Best watches Rodney Marsh pour the wine at a Press conference in Sheffield for their joint tour.

Sheffield, 3rd September 1993 : George Best watches Rodney Marsh pour the wine at a Press conference in Sheffield for their joint tour.

The film includes footage of glory years, as well as uncovering his off-pitch talents that seduced women around the world.

Best was a charismatic, Belfast boy who could thrill the crowds with every turn of the ball.

But with such extraordinary fame came a fatal temptation towards drink and depression.

The documentary delivers new insights into the rise and fall of one of football’s greatest players, featuring never-before-seen interviews with family and friends.

Photo by Manchester/REX/Shutterstock February 1968. George Best (died November 2005) Shows Off His New Girlfriend Jackie Glass A Freelance Film Scriptwriter The Latest In A Long Line Of Leggy Blondes That He Was Involved With.

Photo by Manchester/REX/Shutterstock February 1968. George Best (died November 2005) Shows Off His New Girlfriend Jackie Glass A Freelance Film Scriptwriter The Latest In A Long Line Of Leggy Blondes That He Was Involved With.

European Cup Benfica v Manchester United :  George Best takes the ball past Mario Coluna.

European Cup Benfica v Manchester United : George Best takes the ball past Mario Coluna.