Thursday, February 5, 2009

Munich Remembered: We will never forget them!

February 6th will forever be circled on the calendars of everyone connected with Manchester United.

On that day in 1958, the darkest day in United's history, 23 people - eight players and three member of the club's staff - suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.

Flying back from the European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel. The first two attempts to take off from Munich airport were aborted; following the third attempt the plane crashed.

Twenty-two of the people on board died instantly, while Duncan Edwards died 15 days later as a result of the injuries he sustained.

The tragedy is an indelible part of United's history, as is Sir Matt Busby overcoming his injuries to build another great team which won the European Cup 10 years later.

Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, Geoff Bent, Liam Whelan, and Duncan Edwards all died along with the club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley.

"The Busby Babes are the story of  Manchester United" Sir Bobby Charlton. 

Thanks for reading!