Almanac Poetry: Goodbye Georgie



Goodbye Georgie


(in memoriam George Best 1946-2005)


Football genius, womaniser,
hopelessly alcoholic,
charming, charismatic George Best
often told a story
that went something like this:
he was lying on a King-size bed
next to a half-naked Miss World
in the suite of a grand hotel.
They were drinking French champagne, laughing,
and the bed was covered in money.
An elderly Northern Irish porter
(fellow countryman of George)
chanced upon the scene.
He sadly shook his head.
“George, George,” he lamented.
“Where did it all go wrong?”



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.


  1. Good work Kevin. There’s an excellent documentary on Kay on Best.

    “I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”

  2. Kevin Densley says

    Thanks, DB. I’ve watched quite a few Youtube bits on Best, and will certainly try to watch the doco you mentioned. He was almost invariably entertaining, both on the pitch and in interviews.

  3. One of the great lines!
    “Where did it all go wrong?”

  4. Kevin Densley says

    Yes Smokie – it’s a beauty!

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