This is a story of two fine athletes who came to SA when it was the most wrong of places at the most wrong of times. It is a story of two men who lived life hard and fast and footloose, and for whom money was a thing spent the same way.

This is a story of men who stumbled and rushed towards their death. There are many similarities between the lives of George Best, the Northern Irish football genius, and Richard Austin, the West Indian all-rounder.

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