Manchester United begin the defence of the European Cup against Waterford in Dublin.

European Cup holders Manchester United begin the defence of their title with a first round first leg game against Waterford. This was the first time in eleven years Manchester United played a competitive game in Dublin. Their last appearance was in 1957 when they beat Shamrock Rovers 6-0 at Dalymount Park.

Waterford made their European Cup debut just two years ago, and disappointingly lost 6-1 to Vorwärts Leipzig at Dalymount.

Waterford faced a star studded Manchester United in front of 48,000 at Lansdowne Road. Scottish international Denis Law scored a hat-trick that gave the European champions a 3-1 win over Waterford. Despite a spirited defence the only Waterford goal came from Johnny Matthews came 64 minutes into the match.

Ecstatic Manchester United fans invade the pitch at the final whistle, mobbing Northern Ireland international George Best.

Extra trains had been laid on to take supporters to and from Lansdowne Road stadium, but in spite of this traffic clogged Dublin city streets in the hours following the match.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 18 September 1968. The match commentator is Jimmy Magee. Sections of this report are mute.