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David Best (born 6 September 1943) is an English former professional footballer.[1] A goalkeeper, he made over 200 appearances for AFC Bournemouth, nearly 100 appearances for Oldham Athletic and 168 appearances for Ipswich Town between 1968 and 1974.

David Best on many occasions and particulary after a league cup tie at Craven Cottage against Fulham (2-2 draw by the way) in October 1973 warning him how nasty the Italians of Lazio would be on their return leg tie at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The match was played 10 days later and the Italians exceeded themselves in their animal like behavior.

He went to live in South Africa in 2007 where he still resides. David Best was a reserve for the England Under-23 team against France at Norwich in November 1965, but did not win a cap. David Best joined Ipswich Town from Oldham Athletic in October 1968 – For A Fee Of £25,000. He joined Portsmouth from Ipswich Town in February 1974 – For A Fee Of £30,000.


  • Full Name: David Best
  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Date of Birth: 06.09.1943
  • Birthplace: Wareham, Dorset
  • Nation: England
  • Caps: –
  • Goals: –
  • Club Career: Ipswich Town
  • Period: 1971-1979
    • League Games, 168
    • League Goals, –
    • Previous Club: Oldham Athletic
      • Transfer Fee: £25 000
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