SOME might think George Best was the original playboy of football.
But a new book reveals the legendary life of a North Wales star whose off-pitch antics were as famous as his goals.
The extraordinary life and times of glamorous goalkeeper Leigh Roose (pictured), who came from Holt, have been charted in a book called Lost in France, written by the famous sports writer Spencer Vignes.
Leigh's glamorous life was in complete contrast to his upbringing as the son of a Presbyterian minister.
His great skill and showman-ship endeared him to fans while his dashing good looks and mischievous charm made him a big favourite with the ladies of Edwardian London.
In 1905, The Daily Mail described Roose as London's most eligible bachelor.
That same year he was in the top-10 list of the most recognisable faces and among his many conquests was the music hall superstar Marie Lloyd.
But his life was tragically cut short when he died in the trenches of the Somme during the First World War.
Leigh played in a historic match between Wales and Ireland at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on April 2, 1906.
The match was captured for posterity by the film pioneers, Mitchell and Kenyon, in the first surviving film of an international football game.
A plaque to honour the film will be unveiled at the Racecourse on the centenary of the big occasion and will become part of the North Wales Film and Television Trail. Members of Leigh's family are planning to attend the special ceremony.
His nephew, Dr Cecil Jenkins, from Shrewsbury, will be 101 in May and has vivid memories of his famous uncle.
Dr Jenkins won't be able to attend the ceremony but his two sons, David and Nick, are hoping to be there on the day.
The retired consultant anaesthetist said: 'The first thing I remember is him taking my mother and me to lunch at Scott's restaurant in Piccadilly.
'He was real man about town. I was only about five or six and it was very exciting for a young boy like me.
'I'm glad the film is being remembered because I was very proud of him. It was tragic that he, like so many, was killed at such a young age.'
Dr Jenkins' son, Nick, recounted the story of an astonishing match during Leigh's time at Sunderland: 'There was one classic match at a time when Newcastle were the best side in the country - and they beat them 9-1.
'Sunderland had wanted to lay on a testimonial match for Leigh but they weren't allowed to because he was an amateur. Instead, he was presented with a magnificent illuminated address on behalf of all the people of Sunderland.'
Lost in France, is due to be published later this year.
Author Spencer Vignes said: 'Leigh was the prototype for the modern-day goalkeeper. Up until he came along, keepers were seen as more or less cannon fodder by forwards.
'He was an amateur footballer at a time when the game was going professional and the FA were constantly trying to investigate his expenses claims which were huge.
'Leigh was so good at what he did and was so famous in Edwardian Britain that clubs recouped what they paid him with money they made on the gate.' John Toshack's message of support - page 13.