25/11/2009 09:00, Report by Steve Bartram
OT100 #14: Babes' first title
In April 1956, the Busby Babes were one win away from ruling England...
With three games remaining in the league season, second-placed Blackpool visited Old Trafford in search of a victory to prolong the title race and haul in Matt Busby's rampant young side. For United, victory would bring a second title in five season, and the Babes' first.The Occasion:
The pumped-up visitors took a shock lead inside 90 seconds, catching United cold. The Reds had only dropped three points at home all season, however, and drew level through a Johnny Berry penalty. When Tommy Taylor bagged a late winner - his 25th of a prolific campaign - the champagne corks could start flying.The Aftermath:
United rounded off the season with a draw at Sunderland and a home win over Portsmouth, ending up 11 points clear of Blackpool. A year later, eight points was the gap as the Babes saw off challenges from Tottenham and Preston. A glorious era of dominance beckoned, only for the tragedy of Munich to strike.