On this day….
50 years ago today, the final for the 1968 European Cup Final was played at Wembley Stadium between Manchester United and Benfica. Manchester United won the match 4-1 after extra time and were crowned champions of Europe for the first time in their history.
Bobby Charlton scored first with a header in the opening 8 minutes but United’s lead would only last for 22 minutes before Benfica equalized. After all 90 minutes had been played the score remained tied at 1 and the match went into extra time. George Best gave United the lead three minutes into extra time. Brian Kidd, celebrating his 19th birthday that day, scored United’s third a minute later. Before 100 minutes had been played, Charlton scored United’s fourth and final goal.
With this win, Manchester United became the first English side to win the European Cup a year after Celtic had become the first British side to do so. This win also came 10 years after the terrible events of the Munich Air Disaster in which 8 United players lost their lives and Matt Busby was left fighting for his life. Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes had both been on the accident and both played in the final. United had spent 10 years rebuilding their squad and this win was the culmination of all their hard work.
To commemorate this win, Manchester United are selling a special edition jersey modeled after the uniform the players wore on that day. Head over to United’s Store to get your own