07/01/2014 13:55, Report by Mark Froggatt

A century of support

Everybody at Old Trafford has a story to tell about following United but very few will have as many as Bill Salmon, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday.

Having attended his first match in 1931, the Newton Heath resident can lay claim to being one of our biggest and most loyal supporters. From the five-time FA Youth Cup winning side of the fifties to the great Busby Babes, Sir Matt to Sir Alex, he was there for it all. 

To honour Bill’s 100th birthday, his daughter Kay Shufflebottom spoke to United Review to shine a light on her remarkable father. “Manchester United is a part of dad’s life and he has some wonderful memories of supporting the team,” Kay explained. 

“He knew he was watching something special when we won five Youth Cups and, in his opinion, the resulting Busby Babes were the best United team in history. He also maintains that Duncan Edwards is the greatest player because he could play in any position and still be the standout performer. 

“Dad cites a 3-0 European Cup win over Athletic Bilbao (1958/59) as his favourite match; an end to end game that was fantastic to watch. He was also at the first match after the Munich Air Disaster against Sheffield Wednesday and still has the match programme, which is his prized possession.

“Having experienced Matt Busby’s two retirements, he knows how difficult transition can be and is right behind David Moyes, who he insists is the right man for the job. And at 100 years old, I think he is well-placed to comment!”   

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