Second Best: My Dad and Me

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Best agreed to meet The Athletic a week after the Brentford game and it was well-timed — Dorking have just thrashed Watford 6-0. Calum Best should have had it all. As the only son of world-famous footballing legend George Best and his first wife Angie, a gorgeous English model, Calum was born into a world of privilege and opportunity.

I was starting to doubt myself, but I just thought, ‘you know what, Calum? You got to just go and do your best’. I will try to bring in somebody I know who coaches at a really high level to work with them. I’m really blessed that I’ve met people from different fields that could bring some value to the club. The opportunities are endless.” The TV personality and entrepreneur has joined a line-up of UK stars for the hit Channel 4 programme, which sees celebs put through an array of gruelling tasks in the Jordanian desert, led by an elite team of ex-special forces operators.Calum recounts his life with what seems to be an open and honest voice, not disguising the darkness that took hold of him throughout his twenties nor in anyway explaining away or excusing his previously debauched lifestyle. Throughout this memoir, he takes you on a vivid journey through his life, the highs and lows of being George Best's son, and the situations he found himself in that no young child should find themselves in. The reality of this book will strike a chord with many. Calum, whose famous footballing father George Best passed away in 2005, said that taking part in the quasi-military training served as “a place to go in and show who I am and the growth I’d been through”.

The 40-year-old never followed his father into football — “it was overwhelming and I didn’t know what I wanted” — but is ready to use his business acumen in taking Dorking forward from the sixth tier of the women’s game. Along the way, he seemingly became more famous for his exploits off-screen as he was regularly pictured with famous faces on his arm. East Belfast-born George Best is still regarded as one of the greatest players to ever grace football’s top flight and indeed the world, but the former Northern Ireland international and Manchester United legend endured a life-long battle with alcohol, which led to his death at just 59 years old. His battle with alcohol abuse was well documented and despite having a liver transplant in 2000, he succumbed to the illness in 2005, aged 59. Over 100,000 people lined the streets for his funeral procession in Belfast, with the service broadcast live on TV.I'm a people person, quite positive, quite cheeky, and a bit of a smart-ar*e at times! I'm not saying I'm any sort of guru or a saint, because I'm not, I'm still a youngish lad, I still enjoy this life, I'm not going down a Mother Teresa path, but now I'm just trying to do what is best for me and others. I use mindfulness, which is a constant practise of thinking, 'What can I do to help others, what can I do to help myself?', and, 'How can I be more thoughtful and mindful of others and myself and practise gratitude?' The catalyst for eventually dealing with his grief came when he met members of Nacoa, while filming a BBC documentary in 2009 called Brought Up by Booze, and he was invited to become a patron. Calum Best became known as one of the country's most famous Lotharios after bedding a succession of famous women during his time in the spotlight. I eat well, although I'm addicted to sugar and I still enjoy a drink here and there, so I'm no saint. But overall, my life is based on pursuing a better version of myself and improving all the time."

I felt part of the identity of the women’s team was to train and play here. We couldn’t have done that without him.” Calum Best to celebrity host at Bingocams UK". April 20, 2012. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012 . Retrieved April 20, 2012. And since George's death after suffering multiple organ failure in November 2005 the divisions over the Manchester United icon have widened and there's even been a court case over libel allegations. He made his First Division debut for the club at the age of 17 and by the end of the 1963–64 season he had made 26 appearances, and scored six goals I only felt like I had something to prove to myself. This experience was really just a battle of mental and physical on a personal level,” he explained.

Who is Calum Best dating?

Growing up in the (US), I played football my whole life and loved it. When I came to the UK I was overwhelmed, there was just this constant question of, ‘Are you as good as your dad?'” says Best. Fatima Whitbread [javelin Olympic gold medallist], I mean, legend. So I think I’m physically fit, but these people are actual professional athletes and then I realised that this is really going to be a challenge.”

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