Monday, 21 January, 2019

Manchester United supporters unveil Munich tribute on crash site

A floodlit Eilean Donan Castle caught the sunset in the Highlands A floodlit Eilean Donan Castle caught the sunset in the HighlandsSTEPHEN LAWSON EDINBURGH ELITE MEDIA
Kristopher Love | 06 February, 2018, 22:30

They both survived the crash.

United's players were celebrating reaching the European Cup semi-finals but the crash destroyed one of the finest teams in the club's history, killing eight players and three members of the club's staff.

This year, it marked the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, in which eight of the Sir Matt Busby's players were amongst the 23 people who perished when an aircraft crashed on take-off from the Bavarian city's airport. Twenty-three people died in total.

Charlton and Harry Gregg, the two remaining survivors of the 1958 team who had been on the doomed flight, were also in attendance, as was Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino, Manchester City great Mike Summerbee and Liverpool hero Kenny Dalglish.

United captain Michael Carrick and Mourinho laid wreaths on stage after readings from Ferguson, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and club director Michael Edelson. "For me, it was emotional sitting next to Sir Bobby and trying to come to terms with what he's been through and what was going through his mind".

Numerous club's current playing staff were in attendance, observing a minute's silence at 3:04 pm - the exact time of the crash, 60 years ago.

The club held a minute's silence for the "Flowers of Manchester" before Saturday's 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford, and a commemorative service is being held at the stadium on Tuesday. They are due to play FK Brodarac in the Uefa Youth League on Wednesday. #FlowersOfManchester. Exactly 60 years have passed since the Munich air disaster - the biggest tragedy in Manchester United's long history, but the memory of those lost lives on.

"Forever and ever we'll follow the boys of Manchester United, the Busby Babes", Manchester United said in a poem on it's website.

Busby and Charlton's destiny was fulfilled 10 years later when the new-look Busby Babes, featuring George Best, lifted the European Cup, beating a Eusebio-inspired Benfica at Wembley Stadium.

United's fierce rivals Manchester City and Liverpool also posted moving messages on Twitter as club loyalties were cast aside.

Ferguson, just 16 years old at the time of the Munich crash, told MUTV: "I'd gone to the library straight from school swatting for an exam and I was training with the local junior team".

"Sixty years ago today, but never forgotten".