Thursday 14 December 2017

Best's boots dance again for musical

A PAIR of George Best's football boots which were forgotten in a house in west Belfast for more than 30 years are to get a starring role in a new musical about his colourful life.

The size-seven boots, which were given to Tommy and Lottie Graham by the football legend's father, are being dusted down for the show 'Dancing Shoes' which opens in Belfast's Grand Opera House next week.

Wolverhampton Wanderers fan Tommy revealed that his friend Dickie Best gave him the boots after a Manchester derby in the 1960s.

Tommy said: "Lottie and I were in Dickie and his wife Ann's home one night after George had just returned from playing for Manchester United against City.

"The boots were sitting in the kitchen -- Dickie told me they were 'the wee lad's' and I could have them if I wanted them."

Tommy even tried them out for size. "I pulled them on for my old Dockers football team but unfortunately they didn't make me play like George Best."

He added: "I kept them upstairs but I'd virtually forgotten about them until Lottie heard about the musical. We contacted the producers to see if they wanted the boots."

One of the writers, Martin Lynch, said: "It's really special for us to have a real-life link to George on stage."

Tommy and Lottie will be guests of honour at the opening night.

Lottie Graham spoke to Dickie Best before George died in November 2005 "and Dickie was amazed that we still had the boots!" she said.

The couple still have treasured photographs of George's parents and three of his sisters.

'Dancing Shoes' opens at the Grand Opera House on July 28. Further info on

Irish Independent

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