Glory Days: How the Busby Babes won the title in 1957
As we enter what is normally the business end of the season, our new series will celebrate the calendar days that provided glorious scenes for Manchester United in years gone by. In this case, 20 April, was the date in 1957 when the Busby Babes sealed a second Division One title in a row for the Busby Babes…
There would, of course, be no chance for Busby's young stars to set the record straight. The Munich Air Disaster on 6 February 1958 took the lives of eight first-team players and, though of comparatively little importance, ended any realistic chance of a third championship in a row.
“I have no doubt in my mind which was the greatest side [I managed], and that was the pre-Munich side. As even young boys, of 19 and 20, we were winning the English league championship by 11 points, eight points... staggering, actually. Staggering. They looked as if they were going to carry everything in front of them – for a few years anyway in English football.”
“The year 1957 was Busby's annus mirabilis all right. In Europe, his team had announced themselves with a victory so significant that later that year Real Madrid were to offer him a jaw-dropping £100,000 a year to coach at the Bernabeu. At home they dominated in a way no other team had managed since the Invincibles of Preston North End in 1897.”
In October 1956, one of the game's true greats, Bobby Charlton, made his first-team debut against Charlton Athletic. He scored twice, and would finish a breakthrough season with 12 from just 17 appearances in all competitions.
Ray Wood, Bill Foulkes, Roger Byrne (c), Mark Jones, Duncan Edwards, Eddie Colman, Johnny Berry, Billy Whelan, David Pegg, Dennis Viollet, Tommy Taylor.
Taylor 34, Whelan 33, Viollet 26.
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