Tommy Best

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Thomas Hubert "Tommy" Best (23 December 1920 – 16 September 2018) was a Welsh professional footballer. He was born in Milford Haven, Wales.

Best played as a centre forward. He was a veteran of the Second World War, serving in the Royal Navy. He made over 70 appearances in the Football League for Chester, Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers.[1]

Best was the first black professional footballer to play at the top level in Ireland and was also the first black player to appear for Chester in the Football League.[2][3]

Best died on 16 September 2018 in Hereford, Herefordshire from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 97.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Brown, Neil (2 September 2012). "Tommy Best". Post War English & Scottish Football League A – Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  2. "Tommy proved one of the Best". Belfast Telegraph. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  3. "Tommy Best". Chester F.C. Retrieved 15 June 2016.
  4. "Tommy Best, Hereford United striker, dies". Hereford Times. 17 September 2018. Retrieved 17 September 2018.