Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Manchester United - 41 Years Ago

Tonight Manchester United play against Arsenal in the first-leg of the second semi-final of the UEFA Champions League Cup. Manchester United go into the game as the current champions having beaten Chelsea in last years competition. The last team to have managed to retain the trophy, was AC Milan in 1990. The competition, which began in 1955 has been won the most times by Spanish giants Real Madrid, who have lifted the trophy nine times in all. The most successful British team are Liverpool, five times winners, followed by United with three wins.
Memory Lane
Pictured right is the cover of a souvenir booklet issued by the Daily Mirror in 1968, forty one years ago, to commemorate the World Club Championship match between Manchester United and the Argentine side Estudiantes de la Plata. This was the era when Sir Matt Busby was manager over such stars as George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law. Estudiantes de la Plata won the Championship, over two legs, 2-1 on aggregate. (Note the price of the souvenir 3/6 - three shillings and sixpence pre-decimalisation, todays equivalent seventeen-and-a-half pence).
(Thanks to Andrew Stancer for the loan of the souvenir)