From wonderkid to world-beater: George Best's first five seasons in photographs

3. Settling in well

28 Nov 1964: Best warms up prior to kick-off at Highbury: note the North Bank in the background, with the Mayfield Laundry chimney in the background (it would close two years later, saving Sixties Gooners from being enveloped in clouds of steam before Saturday afternoon games).  

By now, Best had been a regular for 11 months and was becoming accustomed to rough treatment from uncompromising opponents. It rarely fazed him - in fact, it often amused him. He was helped by Busby being perfectly happy for United's sessions at The Cliff training ground to have an edge of menace: Best later described them as "fierce, almost brutal".   

It stood him in good stead. In 1964/65, his first full season, Best made 59 appearances in all senior competitions, scoring 14 goals. He would have more prolific seasons - including being the club's top league scorer for five successive seasons to 1972 - but he would never again play as many games for United in a single campaign. 


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