2005 – Death of football player, George Best. Born in Belfast, he is best known for his years with Manchester United.

‘With feet as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands, his control of the ball under the most violent pressure was hypnotic. The bewildering repertoire of feints and swerves… and balance that would have made Isaac Newton decide he might as well have eaten the apple.’ –Hugh McIlvanney, Observer sportswriter. The ‘Belfast Boy’ was undoubtedly the finest […]

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1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17-year-old for United on 14 September […]

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1958 – Eight players of Manchester United were killed in the Munich air disaster, including Billy Whelan from Dublin.

The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the ‘Busby Babes’, along with supporters and journalists. The disaster takes the lives […]

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2005 – Death of George Best. He was a professional football player, best known for his years with Manchester United.

“With feet as sensitive as a pickpocket’s hands, his control of the ball under the most violent pressure was hypnotic. The bewildering repertoire of feints and swerves… and balance that would have made Isaac Newton decide he might as well have eaten the apple.” –Hugh McIlvanney, Observer sportswriter. The ‘Belfast Boy’ was undoubtedly the finest […]

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1940 – Michael John Giles, “Johnny Giles”, footballer and pundit, is born in Dublin.

One of Ireland’s greatest ever soccer players, Johnny Giles is born in Dublin. His stature in the game is evidenced by the fact in 2003 he was a winner of UEFA’s Jubilee Award as the best Irish player of the past 50 years. In 2006, he was chosen by supporters at Elland Road as a […]

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1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer Irish player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17 year old for United […]

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1958 – Eight players of Manchester United were killed in the Munich air disaster, including Billy Whelan from Dublin.

The Munich air disaster takes the lives of eight Manchester United players including Dublin born Liam (Billy) Whelan and fourteen others. Fifteen days later, Duncan Edwards whom many regard as the greatest player ever to wear the famous red jersey would die from his injuries. Twenty-two year old Billy Whelan averaged a goal every two […]

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2005 – Death of George Best. He was a Northern Irish professional football player, best known for his years with Manchester United.

The “Belfast Boy” was undoubtedly the finest footballer Ireland has ever produced and probably one of the top ten players ever. In a career and life shortened by the scourge of alcoholism, he was a genuinely loved individual who entranced football fans, provided the media with acres of copy over his drinking, love affairs and […]

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1946 – George Best, the greatest player of his generation and the world’s first superstar footballer, is born in Belfast.

George Best is undoubtedly the finest soccer Irish player ever, and probably one of the five finest footballers ever. Best was discovered by famed Belfast scout Bob Bishop who told Manchester United manager Matt Busby “I have found a genius.” He was not exaggerating. Best made his debut as a 17 year old for United […]

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Today in Irish History – 5th May:

1795 – House of Commons rejects Grattan’s Catholic relief bill. 1864 – Birth in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford of Sir Henry Wilson, soldier; chief of the Imperial General Staff from 1918 to 1922; establishes British Intelligence ‘Cairo Gang’ in Dublin. 1881 – Richard Downey (youngest ever Catholic archbishop in 1928, who reduces his weight from 18 […]

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