Nicknamed 'Snakehips' for his trademark body swerve, Eddie Colman, a cheeky young half back from Salford, was one of Old Trafford's great crowd-pleasers.
A Busby Babe, the former Salford and Ordsall schoolboys player was almost ever-present in the first team after a breathtaking debut in November 1955. Colman lost his life in the Munich air crash of 1958, aged 21.
Colman signed amateur forms in 1952 before turning professional in November '53. He was a member of United's Youth Cup-winning teams in '53, '54 and '55, captaining the side to the last success.
Colman’s half-back partnership with
close pal Duncan Edwards really fired the imagination of the fans, Eddie a Jack-in-the-box of jinks and twisting trickery, Duncan a ferocious competitor who thundered across the turf. Colman was no shrinking violet, however. His ball-winning skills, mixed with astute passing, regularly left opponents flat-footed.
Colman had won two championship medals and appeared on the losing side in the 1957 FA Cup final by the time of the fateful trip home from Belgrade on 6 February 1958. Forever young, he's remembered fondly by all those who enjoy seeing the game played with a smile.