Ian Greaves
(26 May 1932 to 2 January 2009)

Debut: v Wolves, 2 October 1954

Apps: 75

Honours: First Division (1955/56)
05/01/2009 11:46

Obituary: Ian Greaves

Former United defender Ian Greaves, a Busby Babe, has died at the age of 76.

Born in Shaw on 26 May 1932, Greaves played 75 times for United between 1954 and 1960. But for the form of Bill Foulkes, he would certainly have featured more regularly.

Greaves enjoyed an extended run in the side and won a championship medal in 1956, but perhaps his greatest contribution came after the horrors of the Munich air disaster in 1958.

He featured in all but two of the remaining 1957/58 matches following the crash. These appearances included the poignant first match after Munich (vs Sheffield Wednesday) and also the 1958 FA Cup final against Bolton.

After leaving United in 1960, Greaves played at Lincoln City, Oldham Athletic and Altrincham before a knee injury forced him to retire in 1963.

He later enjoyed managerial stints at Huddersfield Town, Bolton Wanderers, Oxford United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Mansfield Town.

Manchester United extends its condolences to Ian's family and friends at this difficult time.


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