Home of football legend George Best transformed into what it looked like as a child
George Best lived in this house in Northern Ireland when he was only 15 to play for Manchester United. He has now been transformed to show what he looked like when he left
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George Best’s childhood home has been taken back in time to look like it had as a boy.
Best was just 15 when he left Northern Ireland to begin his brilliant career at Manchester United.
Now his old family home has been remodeled to show what it would have looked like when he left 60 years ago.
Each bedroom has been fitted with period fixtures and fittings and football fans can stay overnight to get a taste of the life of young George.
The terraced house remained in the Best family until the death of George’s father, Dickie, 88, in 2008.
Chris Armstrong, from the EastSide Partnership in Belfast, which now owns it, said: George came to visit his father.
“With the foreclosure and a funding opportunity from Tourism NI, we were able to renovate the house as it would have been decorated in 1961.
“The concept here is that George left Belfast in 1961 at the age of 15 to follow his dreams in Manchester.
“So we got the idea that he closed the door behind him and when you come in as a visitor you come back and open the door like he left in 1961.”
He added: “All over the house there are old photographs of George’s playing career, but there are also personal touches from a family perspective, like letters he wrote to home. home from Manchester as a young teenager and report cards.
“There are also little memories about George. He was a Wolves fan, so we have a Wolves kit in the bedroom and Spartacus posters on the wall and some old game day schedules and things like that, so there are little clues about his career in there too. the House.
“George Best was an iconic footballer and it’s amazing what he’s accomplished in his life and career, but I think more than that he’s a symbol of positivity and how you can chase your dreams.”
George, who died in 2005 at the age of 59, won 37 caps for his country and played 361 games for United, winning two league titles and the European Cup.
Chris added: “We bought the house in 2011 and since operating it as a self-catering accommodation on AirBnB, which is going wonderfully and we have been welcoming guests from all over the world.
“It was a real pleasure to see the impact he still has today.”