Writer: Site Staff
Date:Thursday December 8 2005
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It is one of the most emotional occasions in Manchester United history. It is remembered by players and fanatical supporters as one of the greatest games ever. George Best, Brian Kidd, and Bobby Charlton achieved glory and helped Manchester United lift the prestigious European Cup. Manchester United had become English football’s first ever ‘Kings of Europe ‘
The 1968 European Champion Clubs’ Cup Final released on this commemorative DVD
Original footage and commentary by Kenneth Wolstenholme.
Features a 25 minute documentary filmed in 1982 featuring the players and manager from that great night in 1968 ‘The Boys of 68’
Relive the day Manchester United’s dream of capturing the coveted European Cup was finally fulfilled on a balmy, never-to-be-forgotten, night at Wembley Stadium. It was the dramatic conclusion to a twelve year quest to claim the enormous trophy, which had began, under the guidance of legendary manager Matt Busby, in 1956 when United became the first English club to enter the competition. The semi-final stage was reached three times before the team that included such great names as Bobby Charlton, George Best, Pat Crerand, Bill Foulkes and Alex Stepney finally gave the club its first taste of European glory.
United had defeated Hibernians (Malta), Sarajevo (Yugoslavia), Gornik (Poland) and Spanish giants Real Madrid en route to the final where they faced Benfica, the famed Eagles of Lisbon.
A near capacity crowd packed Wembley for the eagerly-awaited clash, but it wasn’t until the second half that the contest really got into its stride. Bobby Charlton gave United the lead early in the second half, but with ten minutes remaining Jaime Graca scored to put Benfica on level terms.
No further goals in normal time meant that an extra half hour was required to decide the destination of the gleaming trophy, but United didn’t need that long for within ten minutes George Best, Brian Kidd, (on his 19th birthday), and Bobby Charlton had scored to put United on course for glory.
It was the pinnacle of achievement for the club at that time and the triumph was further recognised soon after when Matt Busby was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List.
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