evening’s heroes. That appearance came as a left-winger, but it was as a defender that he made his name in the star-clustered side of the 1960s. He later gained fame as the first English-born player to play for the Republic of Ireland under new rules established by FIFA.
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