The Darkest Day of ManUtd

05/02/2008 00:01 darkest day: 6 Feb 1958

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

that day in 1958, the darkest day in United’s history, 23 people –
including eight players and three members of the club’s staff –
suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.

Flying back
from a 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 a third attempt, the plane

Twenty-two of the people on board died instantly, while
Duncan Edwards – one of the eight victims from the team – 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 (28), Eddie Colman (21), Mark Jones
(24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26), Geoff Bent (25), Liam Whelan
(22) and Duncan Edwards (21) all died, along with club secretary Walter
Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley.

journalists died – Alf Clarke, Tom Jackson, Don Davies, George Fellows,
Archie Ledbrook, Eric Thompson, Henry Rose, and Frank Swift who was a
former Manchester City player. Plane captain Ken Rayment perished, as
did Sir Matt’s friend Willie Sanitof. Travel agent Bela Miklos and
passenger Tom Cable also died.

We will never forget.


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