Manchester United 1968 – triumph before the fire went out

WE’VE ALL seen the footage of George Best rounding the keeper, of Bobby Charlton weeping, of Matt Busby embracing the players, remembering the fallen of Munich, and of Eusebio congratulating Alex Stepney on a superb save. It’s an episode in the history of the game that is as vivid as the unfamiliar blue shirts that Manchester United wore on May 29, 1968. Manchester United’s European … Continue reading Manchester United 1968 – triumph before the fire went out

The day the world changed…thanks to Roy Peskett

IT WAS the summer of 1968. It had been a dull and somewhat wet season and the school holidays were drawing to a close. The Soviet Union had not yet invaded Czechoslavakia but tension was building in the region. While we played football on the village green, the “Warsaw Five” – USSR, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and East Germany – were meeting in Bratislava, along with … Continue reading The day the world changed…thanks to Roy Peskett

Memories of City’s ’68 title win on a wet afternoon

It’s funny how certain events trigger off something buried deep in the memory. There was a downpour on May 11 1968. Manchester City and United went into the final game of the season – United at home to struggling Sunderland, City at Newcastle – on level points. I spent the day at the local recreation ground with my pal who was a United fan. He … Continue reading Memories of City’s ’68 title win on a wet afternoon