Best honoured in Bermuda

Former West Ham United striker Clyde Best has had a road named after him in his native Bermuda, celebrating his contribution to Bermudan sport.

Best joined the Hammers in 1969 before going on to score 58 goals in 213 appearances for the Club. A hugely popular figure in Bermuda, in east London and beyond, he became the second-ever black player, after John Charles, to play for West Ham.

After leaving the Boleyn Ground in 1976, he played in North America for a number of different clubs, including the Portland Timbers, as well as a brief stint with Feyenoord in Holland.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in his hometown of Somerset, Bermuda, the 63-year-old said "It's a great thing to have done, not only for me but for those that set the stage for me."

In front of an audience including his wife Alfreda, family members and an array of politicians, sportspeople and public figures, Best continued: "It's never been about me. It's been about the people of Bermuda. I thank you from the bottom of my heart — all the fans, all the people that have supported me all of the years. Let us continue to do the good work."

Also speaking at the ceremony was Bermudan Sports Minister Wayne Scott, who said: "It's great to see so many people out here — it speaks to the significance of what Clyde Best means to our community. Clyde is arguably one of the greatest sportsmen Bermuda ever produced."

Alongside the renaming of the road just outside Somerset Cricket Club, Alfred Maybury, the Club's president explained November 1 would become known as Clyde Best Day.

"I'm going to thank you for coming in recognition of what we are trying to do and know that this is not the end.

"There are people previously that have battled for us, for Somerset and Bermuda, that we need to start recognising and making sure that when the generations come behind, they know the part they played in this community and this country."

Best's status as a national hero has previously been celebrated as he joined the National Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and was awarded an MBE in 2006. Two years later, the world governing body of football, FIFA, awarded Best the order of merit.