On 6 February 1958, the darkest day in United's history, 23 people – including eight players and three members of the club's staff – suffered fatal injuries in the Munich air crash.
Flying back from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade, the team plane stopped in Germany to refuel. The first two attempts to take off from Munich airport were aborted; following a third attempt, the plane crashed and 21 people on board died. Flight captain Kenneth Rayment died a few weeks later from the injuries he sustained, while Duncan Edwards – one of the eight victims from the team – passed away 15 days after the crash.
Roger Byrne (28), Eddie Colman (21), Mark Jones (24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26), Geoff Bent (25), Liam Whelan (22) and Duncan Edwards (21) all died, along with club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley.
Eight journalists died - Alf Clarke, Tom Jackson, Don Davies, George Fellows, Archie Ledbrook, Eric Thompson, Henry Rose, and Frank Swift who was a former Manchester City player. Plane captain Ken Rayment perished, as did Sir Matt's friend Willie Satinoff. Travel agent Bela Miklos and crew member Tom Cable also died.
This year, the 56th anniversary of the disaster, we created a tribute to the Busby Babes so tragically brought down in their prime. We will never forget.
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