Inside George Best’s childhood home as fans urged to stay there
George Best’s childhood home has been remodeled to look like it was as a kid – and fans can stay overnight there.
Best left the family home of Belfast when he was just 15 to begin his career at Manchester United.
Now he’s been taken back in time to show what he would have looked like when he left 60 years ago, the Mirror reports.
It has been fitted with period fixtures and fittings and football fans can rent it on AirBnB to get a taste of young George’s life.
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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, who now owns it, said: “Before this year the house was pretty much what it was in the early 2000s which was great because you had a idea of what it was like when 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: “Scattered around the house are old photographs of George’s playing career, but there are also personal touches from a family perspective, like letters he wrote from Manchester. as a young teenager and report cards.
“There are little memories about George too. He was a Wolves fan so we have a Wolves kit in the bedroom and Spartacus posters on the wall and old game day schedules and things like that so he There are little clues about his career around the house as well.
“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.”
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