team. I missed the boys that had died. I went home to Swansea – the boss thought it would help my career if I went back for a fresh start. But my heart wasn’t in it."
What might have been
"I’m not bitter. To be laying in a Munich hospital and to have someone tell you the players that had died and you were still alive, it was just, well, a funny situation… But I can still see them now – they were a great, great team. Before I got into the side they’d played Real Madrid at Old Trafford – they were supposed to be the best team in the world. You had Alfredo Di Stefano at centre-forward, the best in the world: nothing like Tommy Taylor. You had Puskas – he wasn’t as good as Duncan Edwards, Duncan could play inside-left. Duncan had another 12 years in him – at 21, he’d played five years for United and four for England. Then you had Gento – Albert Scanlon could catch pigeons, like he could. They were such a good side."