MADE OF MANCHESTER

16/10/2012 15:00, Report by Cliff Butler
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Born to wear the shirt

Defender: Roger Byrne (Gorton)
Roger began his career as a half-back, then winger, but eventually found his true calling to become one of the most accomplished full-backs of his generation. Following Johnny Carey as club captain, he was the perfect successor to the great Irishman and the ideal man to lead Matt Busby’s team on the field. Tragically, he lost his life two days shy of his 29th birthday, in the tragedy at Munich. His passing was mourned equally by supporters of Manchester United and England.

Defender: Dick Duckworth (Collyhurst)
Dick was one third of the famous trio that made up United’s famous half-back line (along with Charlie Roberts and Alec Bell) of the early 20th Century. He was an integral element in the club’s first great side, which won two Football League titles in 1908 and 1911, as well as the 1909 FA Cup. Duckworth was one of the finest players ever to play for the club and is an automatic choice in this selection.

Defender: Wes Brown (Longsight)
One of the finest defenders to wear the famous red, Brown would have had even more admirers but for a series of injuries that interrupted the flow of his career. There is nothing more United supporters adore than a home-grown player to idolise and Wes fitted the bill perfectly. Such was his dedication to the cause that even his occasional lapses of concentration were quickly forgotten and despatched to the history file.

Midfielder: Nobby Stiles (Collyhurst)
Without doubt, Nobby Stiles is one of the most famous Mancunian footballers. Like Wes Brown, Nobby could be relied upon to always give 100 per cent for the team, and although it took him time to establish himself in the great team of the 1960s, he became equally as important as the galaxy of stars that claimed more of the headlines. His most famous career moment arrived following England’s 1966 World Cup final victory over Germany when he cavorted around Wembley with the Jules Rimet trophy held aloft.