Thursday, April 26, 2007

Tribute to George Best


By Staff Reporter

FC UNITED fans are set to pay tribute to their hero George Best on Saturday when a very special guest visits Gigg Lane.

Reds fans will welcome Best's sister Barbara McNarry and her husband Norman to the club's final league match of the season against Formby The couple are due to make the half-time Fair Share draw out on the pitch and will also accept a donation of more than £3,000 from the club's Supporters Network.

The cash, which raised during a memorabilia auction and through collections and badge sales, will go to the George Best Foundation, which was funds research into liver disease and alcoholism and encourages young people to adopt a healthy lifestyle through participation in football.

One of items up for grabs in the auction was a rare George Best £5 note, which raised more than £180 alone.

FC United supporter Mike Sherrard, of Boothstown, who organised the fundraising activities, said he is looking forward to the visit. "It will be an honour for Barbara to visit Gigg Lane.

"Obviously, FC United came from the history of Manchester United and many of our supporters will have fond memories of George. He is part of my earliest footballing memory and I always had his poster up on my wall when I was a kid. I thought it was important for our supporters to do something in tribute to him when he died and this has been a perfect way of doing so. I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people who have donated money, who took part in the auction or who bought the badges. To raise so much money is fantastic and everyone involved should feel proud."