The People’s Champions


Peter Deighan’s terrific painting of three of the World’s greatest ever sportsmen George Best, Joey Dunlop, and Alex Higgins. George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a professional footballer from Belfast, who most notably played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland. He was a winger whose game combined pace, acceleration, balance, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to beat defenders. In 1968 he won the European Cup with Manchester United, and was named the European Footballer of the year. In 1999, he was voted 11th at the IFFHS European Player of the Century election, and 16th in the World Player of the Century election. Pelé named him as one of the 125 best living footballers in his 2004 FIFA 100 list and Best was named 19th, behind Gerd Muller, at the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In his native Northern Ireland, the admiration for him is summed up by the local saying: “Maradona good; Pelé better; George Best.” Joey Dunlop, (February 25, 1952 – July 2, 2000), was a world champion motorcyclist from Ballymoney, best known for road racing. Referred to throughout the sport as “Joey”, in 2005 he was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News. His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won a record 26 races in total. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. In 1986 he won a fifth consecutive TT Formula One world title. Alex Higgins (18 March 1949 – 24 July 2010), also known by his nickname of Hurricane Higgins, was a professional snooker player from Belfast, who was twice World Champion and twice runner-up. Higgins earned the nickname The Hurricane because of his speed of play. Alex was also a former World Doubles champion with Jimmy White and won the World Cup three times with the All Ireland team. He also came to be known as the People’s Champion because of his popularity.
Higgins is credited to have brought the game of snooker to a wider audience and contributing to its peak in popularity in the eighties. Each print is individually numbered and signed by Peter Deighan, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity which is also signed by the artist.

Additional Information

Limited Edition (Worldwide): 500
Image Size: 530mm x 350mm Print Size: 23” x 18” approx.

RRP  £120

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