A NEW exhibition celebrating the best of George Best, both on and off the pitch, is due to open at the Manchester United Museum, with George’s former United team-mates, Pat Crerand and David Sadler, in attendance.

The George Best exhibition, simply called ‘George Best – ICON’ – opens to the public officially from June 6 and replaces the current David Beckham exhibit at the club’s Museum at the Old Trafford stadium, which is offering free entry for all throughout May and June.

Music for the evening will be provided by Manchester band Electric Stars, who recently released a song for charity named ‘Belfast Boy’ in celebration of George’s birthday, with all proceeds being split between the MU Foundation and George Best Foundation.

Joining the guests will be Global fashion entrepreneur Harold Tillman, who recruited George Best for fashion's first footballer-endorsement deal back in the 1960s, as well as George’s best friend and hairdresser, Malcolm Wagner.

The exhibition will include objects like the signed match ball from legendary Northampton Town game during which George scored six goals, and a letter from Sir Matt Busby to George’s parents written in 1962 while George was still playing for United as an amateur.

Also on display will be a host of other items including a George Best match-worn shirt, various pieces of clothing and products he endorsed while he was at the peak of his career, as well as a number of items from the George Best fan club.

The exhibition will celebrate George’s career and life on the pitch and in the public eye and illustrate how the young Irish teenager rose to become the first global pin-up of British football.