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Poignant ceremonies mark 60th anniversary of Munich air crash

07 February, 2018, 01:21 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Manchester United mark 60 years since Munich crash

The Red Devils departed with a European Cup tie at Red Star Belgrade before a stop in Munich for fuel on February 6.

Manchester United fans have said it is "disrespectful" that memorial packs for the 60-year anniversary of the Munich air crash are being auctioned online.

Biting temperatures and a lengthy snow shower failed to stop more than 4,500 Manchester United supporters from coming to Old Trafford to honour the victims of the Munich Air Disaster, which occurred 60 years ago today.

But McGuinness, who at the tender age of 31 was handed the unenviable task of managing United after Busby stepped down, says it is a shame that the Busby Babes are lost in time.

Manager Matt Busby's side were English champions and had reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, and had defied the English FA to enter the European Cup, a newly created tournament between teams on the continent.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish will be in attendance at Old Trafford on Tuesday to represent the club in memory of the Munich air disaster. "The crew, journalists and, of course, the talented footballers who died that day will never be forgotten". "The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those frightful moments have left an indelible mark forever". "You can't forget something like that - a team almost wiped out in a plane crash".

As part of the memorial, a minute's silence was held at 3:04 p.m., the exact time of the crash.

Hundreds will attend the commemorative event tomorrow night in Home Farm, where the young Cabra inside forward caught the eye of scout Billy Behan in the early 1950s.

Former United boss Alex Ferguson, who will attend the service on Tuesday, recalled how the tragic events in Munich impacted his life.

"I don't want people to think that Harry Gregg is there because he's on television, he's this and that".

Manchester United were represented by former player Denis Irwin, who didn't speak publicly but who told The National: "It's a fantastic turn out, I'm overawed by it".

"The history that was made through that period of Matt playing those young players is really the history of United", Ferguson said. Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan were among the players lost. That will always be part of my life and I want that to be part of my life because I joined a wonderful group of players and was part of a wonderful time.


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