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Clyde Best


Clyde Best etched his name into West Ham folklore as powerful striker, scoring 58 goals in 213 appearances for the East London club between 1968 and 1976. A former Bermuda international and coach, Best became a true fans' favourite at Upton Park and was a trailblazer for black players, helping smash the glass ceiling which for so long had hindered athletes from minority backgrounds. After leaving the Hammers, Best ventured to Holland where he played for Feyenoord before heading to the United States, turning out for Tampa Bay Rowdies, Toronto Blizzard and Portland Timbers of the North American Soccer League. He was also an assistant coach for the San Diego Sockers for a brief period in the early 1990s. Best was the first athlete to be inducted into the Bermuda Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He was awarded an MBE two years later for services to football and the community.

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  • Apr 12, 2014 8:00 am

    Atlético not to be overlooked in Champions League last four

    Yesterday’s semi-final draw for the Champions League put the two giants, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, against each other in a match that would have been worthy of the final.

    However, Chelsea, winners two years ago, certainly should not consider Atlético Madrid an “easier” tie, even though Atlético are the only team of the last four never to have won the European Cup.

    Not only did they beat Barcelona 1-0 in their quarter-final,...

  • Forty years on and I still remember
how it felt drubbing ‘mighty’ Leeds
    Mar 29, 2014 8:00 am

    Forty years on and I still remember how it felt drubbing ‘mighty’ Leeds

    Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of my goal that helped West Ham United beat Leeds United 3-1 at Upton Park in front of 38,416 supporters.

    When it was brought to my attention I remembered the day clearly, my header was either side of Trevor Brooking and Bryan “Pop” Robson strikes. Leeds back then were a superb team, incredibly physical, that many sides had problems coping with.

    Personally, I didn’t struggle though. Quite the...

  • Mar 22, 2014 8:00 am

    PSG have that extra quality that can see off Chelsea

    In what was the most highly anticipated Champions League quarter-final draw in many years, Manchester United have to pull out all the stops after they were drawn against the best team on the planet in Bayern Munich.

    It will take all their experience to overcome this big obstacle, but in the end I truly believe they will be outclassed and thoroughly outplayed in the 180 minutes.

    On any given day, you can produce the goods, but when...

  • Mar 15, 2014 8:00 am

    Drogba’s return to Stamford Bridge will be an emotional moment

    Manchester City and Arsenal bowed out of the Champions League in midweek after aggregate defeats by Barcelona and Bayern Munich, leaving Manchester United and Chelsea to, hopefully, carry the flag for the English Premier League.

    United host Olympiacos on Wednesday as they bid to overturn a 2-0 result in the first leg, while Chelsea welcome former player Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge with Galatasaray on Tuesday after a 1-1...

  • Mar 8, 2014 8:00 am

    I wouldn’t sack Pardew but £100,000 fine is chicken feed

    Alan Pardew, the Newcastle United manager, had a moment of madness last weekend against Hull City that I’m sure he wishes never happened.

    I’m talking about the headbutting involving the Hull player, David Meyler, when he went to the touchline to retrieve a ball and had an altercation with Pardew, who headbutted him as they go in each others’ face. Pardew was sent to the stands by the referee, he apologised immediately in his post-game...

  • Mar 1, 2014 8:00 am

    Cup final glory is unlikely for underdogs Sunderland

    The Capital One Cup final between Manchester City and Sunderland will be played tomorrow and while an upset is always a possibility, I think City will be too strong for Sunderland, even if their main striker Sergio Aguero isn’t fit enough to return from injury.

    The good news for City is Agüero returned to training this week after being out for five games with a hamstring injury and is available for selection.

    I’m sure City will...

  • Feb 22, 2014 8:00 am

    No upsets but plenty of entertainment

    This may shock a few people, but I was not surprised at all by this week’s Champions League results.

    The favourites, in my opinion — Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid — got the job done and have put themselves in relatively strong positions to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.

    The way Barca dismantled a very good Man City side was just terrific to watch — it was the football week’s...

  • Feb 15, 2014 8:00 am

    City should see off Mourinho’s brand of mind games

    José Mourinho, the Chelsea manager, is becoming the master of the mind games; they don’t call him the “Special One” for nothing.

    Yesterday he and Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, went back and forth with comments directed at each other. Wenger said the title was Chelsea’s to lose, now that they are on top of the table.

    When asked why the other teams are playing down their chances of winning the league, Wenger said it is...

  • Feb 8, 2014 8:00 am

    Laudrup the latest to feel sting of owner impatience

    Michael Laudrup’s firing by Swansea City this week makes it seven managers who have lost their job in the Barclays Premier League this season.

    In Laudrup’s case, it does seem a bit harsh, coming a year after he guided Swansea to victory in the Capital One Cup final last February over Nahki Wells’s former team, Bradford City, the first major trophy in the club’s history. But that is the nature of the beast in professional football and...

  • Feb 1, 2014 8:00 am

    Wenger may not agree but window has good points

    The January transfer window closed last night and the £37.1?million paid by Manchester United for Juan Mata remained as the highest transfer fee paid by a British club during this window.

    There were some deals done at the last minute, however, including the loan move of Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov to Monaco until the end of the season. Fulham acted quickly to replace Berbatox by signing Konstantinos Mitroglou, the Greece striker, from...

  • Jan 25, 2014 8:00 am

    Let’s hope the Mata deal is a win-win for both parties

    The transfer of midfielder Juan Mata from Chelsea to Manchester United is about to go through pending a medical for a record fee in the region of £37?million.

    It will be a club-record fee for United whose previous record was the £30?million they paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008. It is a great deal for Chelsea. It’s a lot of money, but Mata is a very good player and I don’t doubt his ability.

    Manchester United are a different...

  • Jan 18, 2014 12:01 am

    My mate Harry will soon see what Wells is all about

    What a first week it has been for Bermuda’s Nahki Wells at his new club Huddersfield.

    A day after signing from Bradford for a fee of more than £1.3 million, he comes on as a second-half substitute against Millwall and scores a dramatic, last-minute winner. Scoring spectacular goals is nothing knew for him and he could not have picked a better way to announce his arrival at Huddersfield.

    We must bear in mind that the Lord has...

  • Jan 11, 2014 8:00 am

    Nahki being happy with his decision is most important thing

    The transfer we have all been anticipating came through yesterday afternoon when Nahki Wells joined Huddersfield Town from Bradford City for a record, but undisclosed fee.

    It is safe to say he has become Bermuda’s first million-pound footballer in the process — just three years after leaving Dandy Town to pursue his dreams of becoming a professional footballer.

    A lot of clubs had been linked with a move for the striker and I’m...

  • Dec 28, 2013 8:00 am

    Managers under pressure in England – Allardyce could be next

    News that Cardiff City fired their manager Malky Mackay yesterday after their 3-0 home defeat by Southampton was not totally surprising, but sad nonetheless.

    That takes the total of managers leaving Premier League clubs since the start of the season to six, almost one third of the managers in the top division in England. Three of the managers have been fired in the past couple of weeks, with Tottenham and West Brom recently firing...

  • Dec 21, 2013 8:00 am

    I cherish the fantastic times with that youth team

    The article that appeared in The Royal Gazette this week highlighting the achievements of the 1968 youth team certainly brought back some memories and I’m sure it got the players from that team, and others, talking about that wonderful era in Bermuda football.

    Even though I went on to enjoy a memorable professional career, I never forgot those players that I played with in that International Youth Tournament, which we won in Bermuda...

  • Dec 14, 2013 8:00 am

    QPR under Redknapp would be perfect place for Wells

    Bermuda striker Nahki Wells is again being linked with a move away from Bradford City during the January transfer window and I get the feeling something could happen this time, with Queens Park Rangers showing interest again, according to reports.

    Nahki is 23 now and sooner or later he’s going to have to make a decision that is in his best interest. He should be careful about going to the wrong club and not being able to fulfil his...

  • Dec 7, 2013 1:48 am

    Sorry United - there will be new champions come May

    Premier League champions Manchester United are not having an easy time of things under new manager David Moyes, with their midweek home defeat by Moyes’s former team, Everton, leaving them 12 points behind leaders Arsenal.

    It’s difficult at times when you’ve got a new person going in, especially at a big club like Manchester United. Things aren’t going exactly how they would like it at the present time, but that’s the way football...

  • Nov 30, 2013 12:01 am

    Sacking may be a shock but Jonte must soldier on

    It is unfortunate for Jonte Smith that his manager, Richie Barker, is leaving Crawley Town with immediate effect.

    It must surely be a shock to not only him, but the team as well.

    A manager that you are familiar with and has given you support throughout your career is a very good thing, and to lose him will not be easy on the players.

    To get your coach’s respect and faith, and for him to allow you to do your thing on the...

  • Nov 23, 2013 8:00 am

    Parfitt-Williams and Simons are ones to watch

    It is pleasing to see Djair Parfitt-Williams performing to his ability at West Ham United.

    Scoring a hat-trick in the under-18’s 3-1 victory over Reading Under-18 on his return from injury this past week shows he is capable of great things.

    The youngster has continued to impress at the club and I’ve always known that he had ability, he just needs to keep his head down and get on with the job.

    I don’t like to talk about him...

  • Nov 16, 2013 8:00 am

    Panel’s penalty review isn’t the way to go

    Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten home record as Chelsea’s manager over two spells was preserved on the weekend when an injury-time penalty enabled them to snatch a 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion and deny Albion a first league win at Stamford Bridge in 35 years.

    Mourinho, who hasn’t lost at Stamford Bridge in 65 matches, was heading to defeat when the referee pointed to the spot after Ramirez went down following a collision with West Brom...

  • Nov 9, 2013 8:00 am

    Gunners capable of outgunning United

    I have a warning for the many Manchester United fans here in Bermuda ahead of their big clash with Premier League leaders Arsenal tomorrow . . . if the Gunners can go to Dortmund and get a result, then they can go to Old Trafford and get a result.

    It is too early to say that this match could have a bearing on the title race, same thing for the teams trying to avoid relegation. But a victory for Arsenal would open an 11-point gap...

  • Nov 2, 2013 8:00 am

    Unbeaten Roma flying under the radar

    One team the world is not noticing is AS Roma. They have won every one of their games in the Italian League (Serie A).

    Nine games, 27 points — that’s impressive not only in Italy, but in any league in the world.

    Roma are enjoying an amazing start to the new season. It’s always tough in Italy, and it’s nice to see a team other than Juventus or Milan up top.

    It isn’t a changing of the guard, not yet, but Roma aren’t in a...

  • Oct 26, 2013 8:00 am

    Premier League managers always under pressure

    Another bottom-three team has parted ways with their manager with Ian Holloway leaving Crystal Palace “by mutual consent” following their crushing 4-1 home defeat to Fulham on Monday night.

    Sadly that is the nature of professional football these days with managers under so much pressure to get results. It was only a few months ago that Holloway was a hero at the club after leading them to promotion through the play-offs.

  • Hammers’ Parfitt-Williams will always be Bermudian
    Oct 19, 2013 8:00 am

    Hammers’ Parfitt-Williams will always be Bermudian

    Yesterday The Royal Gazette ran a story about a Bermuda born youngster — Djair Parfitt-Williams — who is having some success in West Ham’s youth team.

  • Oct 12, 2013 8:00 am

    Hammers victory a complete surprise

    Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, admitted in a newspaper that he didn’t see it coming . . . the 3-0 away win over Tottenham last Sunday. Neither did I.

  • Oct 5, 2013 8:00 am

    I learned my lesson from ‘Blackpool affair’

    Hearing that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken his midfielder Jack Wilshere to task for being seen in the papers outside a London nightclub with a cigarette following the team’s Champions League win over Napoli on Tuesday makes me wonder how little some things have changed in professional football over the years.

  • Sep 28, 2013 8:00 am

    City’s quality comes to the fore

    All I can say is wow! What a result for Manchester City in their demolition of city rivals Manchester United, and to be honest I really didn’t see it coming.
    But it was justified by their work rate.
    When you look at the players City have assembled in the off season, they are lined up with quality right the way through and can fire on all cylinders on any given game.

  • Sep 21, 2013 8:00 am

    I wonder why Defoe isn’t a Spurs starter

    Sam Allardyce, the West Ham manager, has admitted in an English paper that he put tabs out this summer on two former players Jermain Defoe and Demba Ba.

  • Sep 13, 2013 5:19 pm

    Lampard’s 100 England caps a great achievement

    It was nice to see Frank Lampard Jr reach a significant milestone as an England international, gaining his 100th cap in the draw with Ukraine in a World Cup qualifying match in midweek.

  • Sep 6, 2013 5:12 pm

    Crazy money is spent on transfers these days

    The transfer window closed on Monday and there was a lot of money spent by the clubs in Europe, not least the world record £85.3 million Real Madrid paid Tottenham for midfielder Gareth Bale.

  • Aug 24, 2013 8:00 am

    A good start to the Premier Division season

    Football is back in England and football fans will be pleased that the season has started with one or two surprise results, especially the Arsenal and Aston Villa result.

  • Aug 17, 2013 8:00 am

    Let the show begin . . .

    The new Premier League season kicks off today and I, like millions around the world, cannot wait for the action to begin.

  • Aug 9, 2013 10:25 pm

    Big names hogging the headlines

    Some possible big-name transfers have dominated the headlines over the last couple of weeks, setting the stage for an interesting start to Premier League in England next weekend.

  • Jul 27, 2013 8:07 am

    We can only get better by playing better opposition

    Apparently my comments a couple of weeks ago about the Bermuda national team playing in the NatWest Island Games touched a nerve with some people in football.
    I had stated that playing against weaker opposition in the Island Games was not what the national team needs, which I understand did not go down too well.

  • Jul 13, 2013 8:00 am

    Games football may not be what we need

    This weekend will see the start of the Island Games in Bermuda with the national football teams involved in action tomorrow night.
    However, with about four teams taking part the standard of the football may not be that high and may not be the type of competition the national men’s team needs in order to be severely tested.

  • Jul 6, 2013 8:00 am

    The hard work is just beginning for Moyes

    Yesterday was David Moyes’ first official press conference as the boss of Manchester United and it will be interesting to see how the first weeks go for him.
    There are a few unresolved issues he has to deal with including Wayne Rooney but if there is anyone who knows how to handle these sorts of things it will be the new gaffer.

  • Jun 29, 2013 8:00 am

    Brazil versus Spain a mouthwatering final

    The stage has been set for an exciting Confederations Cup final tomorrow between hosts Brazil and world champions Spain.
    It is, I think, the best possible final though I thought Italy were unlucky on Thursday against Spain in the semi-final which went to penalty kicks. They had enough chances to get a win but you’ve got to put the ball into the back of the net and Spain, during the penalties, were able to do that.

  • Jun 22, 2013 9:07 am

    Expectations high for new signing Carroll

    My former club West Ham spent a record fee of about £15.5 million to make loan player Andy Carroll’s move to the club a permanent one and now the expectations will be high for the former Newcastle striker to justify that price tag.

  • Jun 15, 2013 8:00 am

    Plenty of football still being played

    Anybody complaining that there just isn’t any football at this time of the year . . . well, they can’t be paying attention because every TV channel is showing live matches.
    From World Cup qualifiers to the Euro Under-21 tournament to friendlies, there’s plenty of action to go around.
    The Euro U-21 tournament shows that there is a lot of talent coming through and it just needs to be pushed and encouraged to go even further.

  • Jun 8, 2013 8:00 am

    Chelsea will welcome back the 'Special One'

    Jose Mourinho going back to Chelsea is a bonus because they don't call him the 'Special One' for nothing. Everywhere he goes he wins.
    This is the second time for him at Chelsea and it could be the same. He could win more trophies.
    He left Real Madrid with a parting shot, claiming his star player Cristiano Ronaldo 'thought he knew it all.'
    But Ronaldo has won everything as well.

  • Jun 1, 2013 8:07 am

    No rush for Wells to leave Bradford

    It is nice to see that Nahki Wells helped Bradford City achieve their main goal of promotion to League One next season.

  • May 18, 2013 8:00 am

    Retiring Beckham has been a good servant to football

    It has been a big week for news in the football world with David Beckham announcing his retirement from playing, Rio Ferdinand from representing England, Frank Lampard becoming Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer and Roberto Mancini being fired at Manchester City after losing to Wigan in the FA Cup final.

  • May 11, 2013 8:00 am

    Moyes is a good choice to replace Ferguson

    The announcement by Sir Alex Ferguson that he will be stepping down as Manchester United manager after 26 outstanding years dominated the headlines this week and understandably so.

  • May 4, 2013 8:00 am

    Clyde Best Centre of Excellence a great honour

    It is an honour to have the Bermuda Football Association’s Centre of Excellence named after me, but all of this would not be possible without the help of many, many people along the way.
    The first would be the Father above, without him none of it would have been possible, as well as my mom and dad for giving me the opportunity. My dad always knew that I was going to play sports and he paved the way for me in that area.

  • Suarez has been punished and rightly so
    Apr 29, 2013 9:00 am

    Suarez has been punished and rightly so

    Just a couple of days after I praised Luis Suarez for the outstanding season he has had with Liverpool — and that he would be my choice for Player of the Year — came a shocking incident involving the Uruguayan striker that is still the talk in football circles.

  • Apr 19, 2013 6:37 pm

    Suarez my choice for Player of the Year

    As we come down to the end of the season, the nominations for Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year have been named with Gareth Bale of Tottenham, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez the three main contenders for the senior award while Bale is also among the favourites for the Young Player of the Year.


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