A painting of the Manchester United team that became the first English side to win the European Cup on May 29th at Wembley. (Celtic was the first British club to win the trophy the previous year). After beating Real Madrid 4 -3 on aggregate in the semi-final United were due to meet Portuguese champions and star player Eusebio, 10 years after the Munich air crash. The game went into extra time after ending 1 – 1 with goals from Bobby Charlton and Jaime Graca. Further goals in extra time including a solo effort by George Best, Brian Kidd who celebrated his 19th birthday on the night and another from Bobby Charlton put the icing on Kidd’s birthday cake, sealed a memorable victory & much longed for European glory.
1. Shay Brennan: Although English born, he was capped 19 times dor the Republic of Ireland. He played in the first game after the Munich air disaster scoring two goals against Sheffield Wednesday in the Fa Cup.
2. Alex Stepney: English goalkeeper. He featured throughout United's progress to the final at Wembley, memorably making a close-range save from Eusébio in closing stages of normal time with the score still 1-1. Eusébio was so astonished at the save that he stopped to applaud the keeper.
3. Tony Dunne: Irish international left-back. He is currently the Manchester United player with the eighth greatest number of club appearances.
4. Pat Crerand: Scottish midfielder. He was a hard-tackling midfielder who, whilst known for his tenacity and tackling ability, he was also an accurate passer, crating chances for attacking players.
5. Bill Foulkes: English centre-back and Munich survivor, he scored a rare goal to equalise against Real Madrid making the score 3-3 in the away leg of the semi final, putting Manchester United into the 1968 European Cup Final.
6. Bobby Stiles: His simple passing game and fearless ball winning skills saw his swift conversion into a "holding" midfield player. He was deployed in the middle of the park to snuff out the flair and creativity of opponents and this he did with much success.
7. John Aston: English forward. A son of a former United star, he got the chance to play in the final due to Dennis Law's broken leg. He went on to give a man-of-the-match perfomance aginst Benfica.
8. Sir Matt Busby: Manchester United's second longest serving and second most successful manager. The 1968 European Cup final victory was his crowning glory and helped earn him a knighthood.
9. David Sadler: He was a skillful central defender who could also play usefully in midfield or even as a forward. He is currently secretary of the Manchester United Formewr Player's Association.
10. George Best: Gave United the lead in extra time with a dazzling solo goal. He was later crowned European Footballer of the Year and Football Writers' Association Player of the Year. An Irish genius.
11. Sir Bobby Charlton CBE: He scored twice in the final and, as United captain, lifted the trophy. He famously cried after the match - probably due to remembering team mates who had died ten years previously.
12. Brian Kidd: English forward. He came to prominence by scoring in the European Cup final in 1968 (on his 19th birthday). He later became Fergurson's number 2, and helped United win the first Premiership League title in 1993. He is currently still part of the coaching staff at Manchester City, being part of there recent success in the last decade.
Handmade artwork printed in high resolution on premium white art paper. Prints are unframed.
All prints come numbered and signed by the artist, Bernard Kelly.