I enjoyed this book , as it was written at the time, so gives the familer story insight rather than "Misty Eyed" nostalgia.I'm a Spurs supporter, but loved watching George Best play football. In the '60's and '70's, he was the first Utd player you looked for in any photos. I read his Shoot column, I watched his Soccer Skills programme, never quite managed them myself, but , I'm sure I was not alone in that !
I bought his prophetic " Where Do I Go From Here? " first autobiography in 1980. I love the title of this new book, but as we all know the sad end to his life, there is a restrained view to the Best life Style Legend that we grew up with .
I've lived and worked in Cheshire ( and N.Ireland ) for 20 years, so know all the places in this book . Its written almost as a Diary from 1971 to 1973, two of the most turbulent and transitional periods in George Bests life . Underneath all the Talent , and the hype, is a man . Surrounded by lots of people , but ultimately lonely .
At this stage of his career, he was being criticised by the media ,for his life style . He was often frustrated , which comes out on the field , when he is being chopped from behind , interestingly , he forsees a time when this will become
out lawed, which it has . He is being banned for retaliating , and not being able to do the one thing he loves most, playing football .
Underneath that , he envies Dennis Laws family life . A Bottle of Expensive Champagne arrives from Ringo Starr and Marc Bolan to cheer him up, when he is getting pelters from the World , which he appreciates.
Its the inside human story that makes this different , from all the other books on George Best .