Munich Air Disaster

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.

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.

Red Star Belgrade remember Munich air disaster with ticket from Man Utd game

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Pamtimo... We remember... @ManUtd #flowersofmanchester #fkcz pic.twitter.com/DAB0xvn1Ql FK Crvena zvezda (@crvenazvezdafk) February...

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Liverpool Academy Player Jordan Williams In Trouble Over ‘Munich’ Tweet, Claims Account Was Hacked

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By Joseph Viney

Photo: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Getty Images

Liverpool academy graduate Jordan Williams is the latest footballer to fall victim to the impulses of social media after sending a tweet purporting to mock the 1958 Munich air disaster.

The club have pledged to investigate after the 20-year-old midfielder – currently on loan at Swindon Town – responded to a video of Liverpool supporters celebrating after their 3-1 aggregate win over bitter rivals Manchester United with emojis of an aeroplane and a pair of hands clapping.

Man Utd fans hijack Duncan Edwards tribute to demand Mourinho appointment

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Duncan Edwards tragically passed away on this day in 1958 from injuries sustained in the Munich Air Disaster. pic.twitter.com/QSHTmxGl62 ...

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Eusebio, We Say Kiddo

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Having watched Tottenham's enthralling Premier league victory over Manchester City the other day on television, I caught sight of City's assistant manager Brian Kidd at the end of the match. He was ruefully shaking the hand of the victorious Spurs manager and an oddly trivial memory popped into my mind.

Photos: Man Utd fans remember Munich Air Disaster

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More than 1000 fans were at Old Trafford today to remember the #flowersofmanchester. pic.twitter.com/U69dlH1W5E Manchester United (@ManUtd)...

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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.

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.

PART I: Bill Foulkes – His United beginnings to Munich

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When Manchester United announced that Bill Foulkes, one of the club's finest former players, had died at the age of 81, I was greatly saddened to hear that one of my all-time favourite footballers had passed away. Bill had been such a central figure throughout my earliest days as a supporter the feelings of nostalgia were poignant, but also tinged with a strange kind of guilt.

Manchester United’s Champions League finals

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Another Champions League season group stage gets underway this evening. Premier League champions Manchester United are at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The German side beat United in the 2002 Champions League semi-final, and David Moyes will be hoping they don't cause any such problems as he attempts to make his first Champions League campaign a [.

Liverpool’s official Twitter account endorses offensive Munich tweet aimed at Man Utd fans

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Liverpool's official Twitter account made a massive balls-up last night when it appeared to support comments mocking the Munich Air Disaster. The Reds' account had asked Twitter followers to submit a three-song playlist to be heard at Anfield ahead of kick-off for Sunday's clash with United. Supporter Josh Mitchy submitted a distasteful playlist featuring songs [.

Thai Liverpool fans’ shocking ‘Munich 58′ banner aimed at Man Utd

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Absolutely shocking & embarrassing banner by some fake so called Liverpool fans. Probably Never even been to the UK! pic.twitter.com/ywNLRHAUyQ LFC flags & Banners (@LFC_Banners) July 28, 2013 Liverpool fans watching yesterday's friendly against Thailand were pictured with this nasty (and nonsensical) banner.

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.

Munich: Forever remembered

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I have no better words to add to all the tributes over the years to those that lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster. But today, Utd fans just take a moment to reflect. But it's also important to remember it's part of general history, not just United's. Fifteen others lost their lives, in addition to those eight players of United.

Pep Guardiola over Jose Mourinho in the Sir Alex Ferguson succession stakes.

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Pep Guardiola over Jose Mourinho in the Sir Alex Ferguson succession stakes.

I have always firmly believed that Pep Guardiola will be Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford. I read a great article on Goal.com by Wayne Versey this morning regarding the impending retirement of the Man Utd manager .

Pep Guardiola over Jose Mourinho in the Sir Alex Ferguson succession stakes.

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Pep Guardiola over Jose Mourinho in the Sir Alex Ferguson succession stakes.

I have always firmly believed that Pep Guardiola will be Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford. I read a great article on Goal.com by Wayne Versey this morning regarding the impending retirement of the Man Utd manager .

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.

Racist Liverpool Fan’s Ridiculous Defence

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After Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra and banned for eight games, Manchester United were drawn Liverpool in the FA Cup at Anfield.

After the club had come out and publicly supported their racist striker, with the players and manager wearing t-shirts with his face on, it came as no surprise that their fans tried to excuse the inexcusable too.

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.

United Complain To UEFA Over Bilbao Prices

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Manchester United will speak to UEFA about the prices Athletic Bilbao are charging for the away leg of the Europa League's round of 16.

The Spanish club have announced that tickets will £77.50, which is more money than any club has ever charged us before.

United last played Bilbao exactly a year before the Munich Air Disaster, on February 6th 1957 at Maine Road.

Busby Babes

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 .

Liverpool

PICTURE: Liverpool player mocked Munich Air Disaster

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Following last night's 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Liverpool, 20-year-old Jordan Williams, a youth team player for the Merseyside club, sent a tweet mocking the Munich Air Disaster.

Footage emerged on social media last night of Liverpool fans in away end at Old Trafford chanting "Munich!

Liverpool delete crass 9/11 tweet

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Liverpool have deleted a September 11 tribute tweet showing two Liver birds emerging from the smoking Twin Towers. As we reported yesterday, the club's official American Twitter account, @LFCUSA, posted the image, which was accompanied by the slogan: "You'll Never Walk Alone America." The message was retweeted by the club's official account, @LFC.

Manchester City

Remember when… we beat Barcelona at Old Trafford?

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I remember walking in to the ground full of nerves on the night we played Barcelona. We were so close to our first Champions League final since 1999 and it felt long overdue.

While the immediate stress came from having to beat Barcelona, it was also very prevalent in my thoughts that if we did manage to beat the Spaniards, we'd have to overcome Liverpool or Chelsea in the final to lift our third European Cup.

Best Behaviour

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Ahead of the Manchester derby in 2008, Manchester City requested that instead of having a minute's silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, we have a minute's applause instead.

"With a minute's applause there would be less chance of any abuse," said Alan Galley, chairman of the Manchester City Supporters Club.

The Rest

Can you imagine if United were guilty of same behaviour as Liverpool?

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Ahead of Sunday's game at Anfield, Liverpool's official Twitter account was joining in with jokes about the Munich Air Disaster with one of their fans.

The club were quick to offer an apology, calling the tweet an "error of judgement" as well as "distasteful and inappropriate".

Can you imagine the reaction from the scousers if the official United account was taking the piss out of Hillsborough?

News & previews as US opens Hex in Honduras, Centennial kit leaked, Captain Carroll, more

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