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George Best Game-Used #11 Manchester United Home Shirt. Circa 1967/68.

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A George Best Game-Used #11 Manchester United FC Home Shirt dating to 1967/1968.  This garment was an original piece of Manchester United squad attire, and was worn on the field of play by George Best during match play.  Upon close inspection, you will come to find this garment in the following condition:  The garment possesses that familiar scent associated with a garment of this age.  There is a small hole to the back of the shirt, just below the neckline.  When closely inspected, you can see small pin-size and slightly larger holes forming along some of the seams, most notable around the shoulders and underarms.  The Umbro label is intact and the colors remain bright.  Stitching appears to be solid throughout, with the odd loose or fraying thread.  The white trim to the collars and sleeve ends is not the bright white it once would have been.  The red body color has faded gently in spots.  The garment has a soft feel to it, with the odd bobble in the fabric.  All the hallmarks you would come to expect in a garment from this time period.  Nice age and use, while remaining in good condition for it’s age. 

Please take a moment to review the authentication notes provided below, as well as the provided photographs:

1.  Umbro manufactured garment.  Made in England.  Umbro label to inner neckline reads:  “The Umbro “Real” Jersey.   As used by Real Madrid FC.  The Choice of Champions.  Super combed “Tangeru” cotton fabric.  Fast dyes.  Made in England.”  The Umbro label is flat-stitched into the collar.  This label during this time period was applied in one of two ways:  flat stitched, or folded and stitched to the collar seam.  Both examples are correct, with several known examples of both methods existing.  This particular label was most commonly seen between 1965-1969, with others appearing/overlapping within that time period as well.  There were two known versions of this label style, a simpler version which appeared around 1965, and this version with slightly more text and detail which was most commonplace from 1967-1969.

2.  Best’s squad #11 stitched to back in cloth.  Best famously wore both the #7 and #11 shirt, depending on his positioning on the field.  He would also on occasion wear the squad #8.  During this time period, the starting 11 traditionally were given the shirt number that related to their positioning each match.

3.  Marked as “M” which translates to “Medium”.  Garment most closely resembles a modern day Medium with extra length in the body.

4.  Red body with white/cream ribbed trim to collar and sleeve ends.  This style was worn by MUFC from 1961 – 1971.

An iconic and superb George Best example dating to between 1967-1968.  This garment was originally obtained via a Sportsmen’s Dinner in the Greater Manchester area attended by MUFC squad members, and remained in a private collection for decades.  The item will come presented in a lovely black gift box for future safe-keeping.

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