Busby Babes

Manchester United

Fergie: I watched the Babes play and they were a reference point for me as United manager

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A service was held at Old Trafford this afternoon to pay respect to the Busby Babes who lost their lives in Munich 60 years ago today.

Sir Alex Ferguson spoke at the ceremony and claimed that the Babes had always inspired him when he was Manchester United manager.

On the day of the Munich Air Disaster, I was in the library studying for my exams.

Munich air crash ‘ingrained’ in Manchester United story

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Munich air crash that cruelly cut down Manchester United’s “Busby Babes” in their prime has enormous significance for the club’s players and fans even 60 years on from that fateful day.

United are holding a commemorative service at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which will include readings and poems ahead of a minute’s silence at 1504 GMT, marking the time of the plane crash six decades ago.

Munich air crash ‘ingrained’ in Manchester United story

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Munich air crash that cruelly cut down Manchester United’s “Busby Babes” in their prime has enormous significance for the club’s players and fans even 60 years on from that fateful day.

United are holding a commemorative service at Old Trafford on Tuesday, which will include readings and poems ahead of a minute’s silence at 1504 GMT, marking the time of the plane crash six decades ago.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for Paddy Power about honouring the Busby Babes.

Scott writes for Paddy Power about how United's youth academy has turned itself around.

The Guardian writes about the importance of remembering the Munich Air Disaster.

The Mirror reports on Wayne Rooney's hopes for Alexis Sanchez.

Charlton wrote a letter to the players ahead of Munich anniversary

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Ahead of Saturday's 2-0 win against Huddersfield, the game closest to the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Sir Bobby Charlton, a survivor of the crash, wrote to the current squad players.

I wanted to take the time to write to you as we approach the significant date of 6th February, in which Manchester United and the footballing world remembers and respects the Munich Air Disaster, which tragically affected this great club 60 years ago.

Munich air crash left mark on Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Munich air disaster that destroyed the famed “Busby Babes” still resonates for present Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 60 years after the tragedy, he said Friday.

The crash killed eight of the United team and three backroom staff - 23 people in all died - who had won successive league titles and left manager Matt Busby so badly injured he was given the last rites twice.

Munich air crash left mark on Mourinho

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The Munich air disaster that destroyed the famed “Busby Babes” still resonates for present Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho 60 years after the tragedy, he said Friday.

The crash killed eight of the United team and three backroom staff - 23 people in all died - who had won successive league titles and left manager Matt Busby so badly injured he was given the last rites twice.

McGuinness quits – are we surprised?

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Paul McGuinness, Manchester United's U-18 coach, has announced that he is leaving the club today. While the U-21 side are flying high, going top of the table after beating Manchester City last night, the younger teams are having a terrible time.

The U-18s have lost their last 12 league games on the trot, often not having enough players of their age group to play, and relying on U-16 players to make up the numbers.

PICTURE: Flowers of Manchester being sung tonight

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Manchester United fans will gather at the Munich Clock at 7pm this evening to sing the 'Flowers of Manchester' to commemorate the 58th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. The actual anniversary is this Saturday, but our game against Stoke is the closest home game to the date.

Picture from @Luzhniki2008.

Made in Manchester

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70 years ago today Sir Matt Busby was given the job as Manchester United manager and the history of our football club was changed forever. His dedication to giving young, local players a chance set him apart from all other managers at the time.

To mark the anniversary, RoM has brought out a PDF which looks at some of the greatest players who have graduated from our academy.

PICTURES: United pay tribute to Busby Babes

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Manchester United have paid tribute to the players who lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster.

Bayern Munich owner Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also in Manchester to pay his respects.

Marking 57 years since the Munich Air Disaster – re-telling the tragic story of 1958

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On 6th February 1958, Manchester United suffered one of the grimmest fates ever to befall a sports team.Sir Matt Busby, manager of the great team, once said, ‘My life had been spared, though it still hung on only by a thread. I wanted to die.'That is how close ‘The Busby Babes' had become and just how tragic the crash in Munich was.

The player most deserving of a statue at Old Trafford will probably never get one

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Old Trafford has had many heroes over the years. This is unsurprising, given the club's rich history. Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, orchestrators of the two great periods of sustained success, have been immortalised, in statue form, outside the ground. Sir Matt gazes into the distance, where the holy trinity of Charlton, Law and Best celebrate together, a monument of glory from a now distant age.

Remembering a United legend – Bill Foulkes

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The word "legend" gets said a lot in football but rarely is its use accurate. When talking about Bill Foulkes, the former Manchester United defender who sadly passed away yesterday, the title sums him up well.

Foulkes, born in St Helens, joined United when he was 18-years-old and played in the youth team, making his debut for the first team two and a half years later against Liverpool.

Rising from the Wreckage

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Around midnight, a knock came to the door of No.9 Archie Street a nondescript house like many others on the Ordsall Estate, a short walk from Old Trafford. There were similar unwanted knocks at other doors in the Manchester, Yorkshire and Ireland.

Answering the door, Dick Colman came face to face with an airline official, who told him that his son had died instantly in the crash and that a plane would convey next-of-kin to Germany in the morning.

When Arsenal beat United 5-2, was the game fixed?

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"Reminder to Manchester United: All the soccer skill in the world amounts to nothing without possession of the ball. That's why United crashed at Highbury. In defence and attack they showed end of season lethargy. They were slow to challenge for the ball and to take up position....United did not go down without a show of tantrums.

How Real Madrid Helped United Following Munich

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Real Madrid were incredibly generous to Manchester United in the aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster and I think the reason for that basically came down to the relationship that had formed between President Bernabeu and Sir Matt Busby. Both men were kindred spirits. Each liked to play wonderful attacking football, the difference being Busby and his assistant Jimmy Murphy tended to develop their own players, whilst Bernabeu simply scoured the planet and bought home the best talent around.

Red Matters

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After several months of planning and editing, we are today proud to launch "Red Matters". This book compiles the writing of Giles Oakley who has been supporting Manchester United since the Munich Air Disaster. Having attended United games since 1960 onwards, Giles delves in to the history of club, discussing stories and events you have probably never heard of.

PICTURE: Sir Matt Busby’s Programme Notes vs Real Madrid 1968

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On April 24th 1968, the season that marked the 10 year anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Manchester United faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the European Cup.

In the first leg, United won 1-0 thanks to a goal from George Best, and in the second leg drew 3-3, to book their place in the final at Wembley where they lifted the trophy.

100 Owners: Number 87 – Louis Edwards (Manchester United)

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It has, in recent years, become standard for some Manchester United supporters to sing songs regarding the death of Malcolm Glazer. The owner of the club inspires such extreme emotions amongst the clubs fan-base that it is possible to think that him and his family are the first group of individuals to have been involved in this club for reasons that may concern motives other than merely wanting to run a football club and global institution for its own betterment, but this is, of course, untrue and if we are to look back at the history of this club, it is arguably the involvement of another family which truly set Manchester United on the course to the position in which it finds itself today: the Edwards family.

George Best: The Shining Star – Part 1

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Ducky's Note: A guest post on George Best's birthday from our reader Vignesh Murali. As they said, Maradona Good, Pele Better, George Best.

Almost 7 years have passed after the demise of George Best and Manchester United are still appertained to the mercurial Irishman who changed the face of the club and the English game forever.

George Best: The Shining Star – Part 1

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Ducky's Note: A guest post on George Best's birthday from our reader Vignesh Murali. As they said, Mardona Good, Pele Better, George Best.

Almost 7 years have passed after the demise of George Best and Manchester United are still appertained to the mercurial Irishman who changed the face of the club and the English game forever.

Should Celtic Play in the Premier League?

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Celtic football club has been a cornerstone of British football. Becoming the first British team to lift the European Cup, and dominating with Rangers in the Scottish Premier League for decades, how would this club fair in arguably the most watched league in the world?

The uncompetitive nature of the SPL has been noted more evidently in recent times, with the financial instability of Rangers, and the crowning of Celtic's 43rd league title.

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Remembering the Babes 60 years on

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While I can't recall the first conversation I had with my dad about the Munich Air Disaster, the knowledge of this huge piece of our club's history is something that has always been apparent.

Sir Matt Busby's statue stands outside the ground and "we'll never die" is sung most weeks. The reminders of Munich are always with us.

Lest we forget

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Today marks the 58th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster. May they rest in peace.

PICTURES: United players pay respect to Busby Babes at Munich

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Ahead of tomorrow night's game against Bayern Munich, the United squad took the time to visit the Munich Air Disaster memorial.

Flowers of Manchester

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Today marks the 56th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster in which 23 people lost their lives, including 8 United players.

Lest we forget.

Remembering John Denis Downie

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John Denis Downie joined Manchester United from Bradford Park Avenue in 1949 for £18,000, making him our most expensive player, when he was 23-years-old. Sir Matt Busby gave him his début on March 5th against Charlton Athletic, when he scored the first goal in a 3-2 win, and he went on to score 37 goals in 116 games for the club.

Manchester’s Finest

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55 years ago today. Gone but never forgotten.

Manchester's Finest, an excellent book on the Munich Air Disaster from the perspective of fans, reflects on what life was like for Mancunians on the day they learnt about the crash:

At school that afternoon it was going to be football as usual for the Upper Thirds.

Tribute to Kenny Morgans

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Kenny Morgans, a survivor from the Munich Air Disaster, sadly passed away this evening. He was taken ill on Saturday night and later passed away in hospital.

Morgans signed for United upon leaving school when he was 16-years-old and played on the right wing for the youth team. After making his debut when he was 18 he replaced Johnny Berry as United's first choice right winger.

United: “The ball’s round to go round …”

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When United, a drama based on the true story of the Busby Babes and the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, premiered on BBC Two in Spring 2011, it was met with an overwhelmingly positive reaction. It's out on DVD and now on demand; and we review it below, with the help of director James Strong .

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Munich and the philosophy behind the Busby Babes

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Today marks the 60th Anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, when 23 people were killed, including eight Manchester United players.

Many of those killed were then household names, such as England stars Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards and Roger Byrne, all of whom would have played in the World Cup Finals in 1958, probably in 1962, and possibly in 1966.

PART III: Bill Foulkes and the Munich aftermath

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Part II of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at the rise of the Busby Babes and the tragedy of Munich. In this part of the story we're told about the role Foulkes played as the club was rebuilt after Munich.

The Munich Aftermath

When the Babes were destroyed on the runway at Munich Bill Foulkes and Harry Gregg were the first to get back into action, soon followed by Bobby Charlton, whose injuries were relatively slight.

PART II: Bill Foulkes the Busby Babes

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Part I of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at his early playing days. In this part of the story we're told about Bill's rise to the first team and being a part of the Busby Babes.

Bill and the Busby Babes

Eventually Matt managed to persuade Bill to quit the pit and go full time, but not before the craggy full back had played for England in 1954, bizarrely the only time he did so.

A chat with Bill Foulkes…

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Some time ago I made a pact with my partner to go to the Gym twice a week, part of the price for having a good eating lifestyle. On Saturday afternoon, before the wiles of Euro 2000 returned to the TV screen, we
fitted in another workout.

A silver-haired man, tall and imposing, was busy on the upper-body equipment.

Memories Of The Cliff

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Mention the Cliff to the majority of those (I almost said supporters) who visit Old Trafford on a match day during this and recent seasons and they would more than likely get the impression that you were making a reference to some aging pop-star. But for others, who take pride in the history of United and care more about the likes of Stan Pearson, David Pegg and Duncan Edwards than they do any of the present carriers of the flame, then the Cliff re-kindles memories of a bygone age.

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Man United pay respects to Munich victims 60 years on

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United paid hommage to the victims of the 1958 Munich disaster that killed eight of the great United Busby Babes side with a silence before Saturday’s home match against Huddersfield Town.

Before the home game that fell closest to the 60th anniversary of the crash, there was a minute’s pause before kick-off and fans at the game received a commemorative pack containing a limited-edition book telling the story of the disaster.

Man United pay respects to Munich victims 60 years on

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United paid hommage to the victims of the 1958 Munich disaster that killed eight of the great United Busby Babes side with a silence before Saturday’s home match against Huddersfield Town.

Before the home game that fell closest to the 60th anniversary of the crash, there was a minute’s pause before kick-off and fans at the game received a commemorative pack containing a limited-edition book telling the story of the disaster.

PICTURE: Liverpool fans graffiti Busby Babe’s bridge?

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Billy Whelan joined the United ranks when he was just a teenager and made his debut for the club when he was 19-years-old. The following week he scored his first goal for the club.

Whelan went on to play 98 games for United and scored an incredible 52 goals. He was on the plane with the team as they returned home from Munich and sadly, aged just 22, he died in the crash.

The Rest

Sons of United

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RoM has a copy of the excellent Sons of United eBook to give away. Tony Park, one of the authors of the book, has given some background to how the book came about.

"I met my friend Steve Hobin ten years ago at an Academy match and he was already working on a version of the book. We were both passionate about the youth team and so decided to pool resources and work together on something that has never been covered before by any other club or author.