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Munich 1958
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All: I guess none of us really need reminding about the significance of the date this weekend. Saturday sees the 52nd anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster and as a result, the United players and staff will be wearing black arm bands as a mark of respect.

Of course, we will never forget those that lost their lives and those that were left behind to pick up the pieces.

For the younger ones amongst us, the BBC reported the disaster thus:

Seven Manchester United footballers are among 21 dead after an air crash in Munich.
The British European Airways (BEA) plane caught fire shortly after take off this afternoon with 38 passengers and six crew on board.

The footballing world is reeling from the loss of some of its most talented young players - known as the Busby Babes.

Their average age was 24 and they included Roger Byrne - the captain - Mark Jones, Eddie Colman, Tommy Taylor, Liam Whelan, David Pegg and Geoff Bent.

Eight British sports journalists and several club officials have also been killed.

The Queen has said she is "deeply shocked" and has sent a message of condolence to the Lord Mayor of Manchester and Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation.

The chartered aircraft was bringing the Manchester United entourage back from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia and had stopped at Munich's Riem Airport to refuel.

On the third attempt to take off the plane over-shot the runway, hit a house with its port wing, veered to the right, hit another building and burst into flames.

The fuselage did not catch fire and several crew and passengers went back into the wreckage to rescue the injured.

Team manager Matt Busby was described as being the most seriously hurt and is being given blood transfusions in hospital.

Star striker Bobby Charlton has been treated for slight head injuries.

According to the Chief Executive of BEA, A. H. Milward, there was a heavy snowstorm in Munich and the pilot delayed departure because he was dissatisfied with one of the plane's engines.

This was the first fatal accident for this type of BEA aeroplane, which has carried 2,340,000 passengers on 86,000 flights since it began service in 1952.

The same plane - called Lord Burghley - took the Manchester United entourage out to Belgrade on Monday.

Messages of sympathy poured in from around the world and clubs across the UK and Europe held two minutes silence at the games on the Saturday following the accident.

Red Star Belgrade, the team the Manchester United side had beaten before the crash, suggested they be made honorary champions in the 1958 European Cup.

Another player, Duncan Edwards, died in hospital 15 days later.

Manchester United battled to complete the season and reached the 1958 FA Cup final - where they were beaten by Bolton Wanderers.

A decade later Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup.

An investigation into the crash initially suggested pilot error, saying Captain James Thain had taken off without de-icing the wings.

He was later cleared when it was found that the build-up of slush on the runway had prevented the plane taking-off. New safety limits were subsequently introduced.


Please use this thread to leave your thoughts and respects.
My Dad was born in 1934 and was lucky enough to go up to London when he was a lad with his Dad and saw Duncan Edwards and the rest of the Busby Babes play, not long before they perished. He has a major soft spot for the Reds and came with me to my very first United game.

Never forgotten.
RIP to all those who lost their lives that fateful day.
RIP ..

(04-02-2010, 11:05 PM)Vazza Wrote: RIP ..

Thats one of the most emotional tributes to the babes ive ever seen R.I.P

Old Trafford will fall silent before kick-off on Saturday out of respect for the 23 people who tragically lost their lives in the Munich air disaster 52 years ago.

Every year on 6 February, Manchester United remembers those who died in 1958, including eight players - Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan - and three members of staff - club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley.

Saturday is only the eighth time the Reds have played on the anniversary of the crash. As well as the players wearing black armbands and the stadium’s flags flying at half-mast, there will be a minute’s silence before kick-off. Every member of the United party on the ill-fated flight will be represented at the game by relatives.

“Every anniversary is important – that doesn’t change, and never will,” says club secretary Ken Ramsden.

“If you look at the defining moments in United's history then I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more defining moment than the Munich air crash.

"We will continue to embrace the significance of the tragedy.”

awesome post and moving tribute RIP!!
Thanks. And thanks to you guys for the carefully worded thoughts.
IN te official video of Man utd history from 1878 to 2002 .. in that ths tragic incident captures are ter!

Our heros(busby babes) are te best Team in te world in those years!!! opponent get fear whearever they goooo....
i came across a tribute site

ill remove link if you think this is inappropriate

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