1968 European Cup winners Medal awarded to George Best
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1968 European Cup winners Medal awarded to George Best
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1968 European Cup winners Medal awarded to George Best
Lot Details
The following 13 lots have been consigned by the executors of George Best's estate.
1968 European Cup winners Medal awarded to George Best
To the obverse with football design and 'COUPE DES CLUBS CHAMPIONS EUROPEENS', to the reverse 'VANQUER 1968', ring suspension. This medal was awarded to George Best for winning the 1968 European Cup.
Size approx. 23 x 20mm

Footnotes

  • The match was held at Wembley on 29th May 1968, between Manchester United and Benfica. The Portuguese champions lost 4–1 after extra time. The first half passed without incident, but, eight minutes into the second half, Bobby Charlton opened the scoring for Manchester United with a rare headed goal. However, the lead only lasted for 22 minutes before Jaime Graça scored for Benfica. The score remained at 1–1 until the end of normal time, forcing the match into extra time. George Best put United in the lead again three minutes into extra time - picking up the ball 25 yards from goal, Best broke into the penalty area, dribbled round the goalkeeper and rolled the ball into an empty net. Brian Kidd added United's third a minute later, before Charlton rounded off the scoring. United's win meant that they became the first English team to win the European Cup.
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