Tributes paid to Munich victims at Old Trafford memorial service

07 February, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Grady Montgomery
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   SOMBRE Jose Mourinho Ed Woodward and Alex Ferguson pay their respects

Lingard was at Old Trafford for the service, which marked the 60th anniversary of the tragedy in which 23 people died - eight of which were Manchester United players.

A ceremony was also held at Old Trafford, where fans gathered outside the tribute to the disaster at the stadium to recite Flowers of Manchester - the poem turned into a song in remembrance of those who died in Munich.

They went on to win a European Cup 10 years later at Wembley.

On this, the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster, the Bundesliga would like to commemorate the 23 lives that were lost on a dark day in 1958 when a plane carrying a young Manchester United team crashed while attempting take-off.

In sentiments echoed around the world, Charlton added, "The devastating effect still lives on and this great football club, which you are part of, has risen from its darkest hour in a way like no other".

"Tom Curry the physio, who also died at Munich, lived one minute away".

United, known as the "Busby Babes" after manager Sir Matt Busby, were one of the most successful sides in Europe at the time of the disaster: they had just qualified for the semifinals of the European Cup and were chasing a third consecutive league title at home at the time of the crash.

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.




Club captain Michael Carrick laid a wreath, while rivals Liverpool and Manchester City were represented by Kenny Dalglish and Mike Summerbee respectively.

"I have seen Manchester United through bad times and good times".

Around 6000 supporters attended the service, which included a minute's silence at 15:04 - the time of the crash.

We can only imagine what Duncan Edwards would have achieved but for that tragedy in Munich and it's hard not to think about what Manchester United might have won if his life had not been taken so soon. "He was the only player who made me feel inadequate".

Ferguson also talked about how United rose back again after the tragedy and the legandary "Busby Babes".

"The day that is absolutely shown in red on this week's calendar is on Tuesday, a day that marks the 60th anniversary of the air disaster", Spanish forward Juan Mata wrote in his blog on United's website.

"Sixty years ago today, but never forgotten".

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