Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths: The Inside Story of Football's Golden Era

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Poor training facilities, bad diets, packed stands, great songs, scary center-backs, world-class strikers and, after 90 minutes of kicking and being kicked, a brown ale in a dirty bath. One of British soccer’s greatest heroes talks about the golden era, before football became a circus of media hype

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Epitomising football's new-found glamour in the 60s as a Busby protege at Manchester United, George Best dazzled on the pitch and lived the high life off it. Christened the Fifth Beatle at his peak, Best was the first pop star footballer. Unable to cope with the success and fame that his talent brought him, Best fell into alcoholism and his life became littered with tales of women, sex and drink. Despite well-documented problems with his health and private life, George Best never lost the passion that made him an icon to his many fans. Co-writer Harry Harris is the Group Chief Football Writer for Express Newspapers and a regular pundit on TV and radio. Twice British Sports Journalist of the Year and the only sports writer to win Sports Scoop of the Year twice, he is the author of over 30 football books, including the bestselling Pele - His Life and Times and the recent All the Way, Jose.

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"One last look back at the tortured life of the most charismatic footballer of our generation" Guardian "Best's love letter to the Beautiful Game and his own youth" Irish Times "A great read" Sunday Sport "A complete history of the sport before money and marketing took over" Mirror

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