Munich services taking place today

Tuesday 06 February 2024 07:00

Today's date, 6 February, will forever be circled on the calendars of everyone connected with Manchester United.

On that day in 1958, 23 people - including eight players and three members of the club's staff - suffered fatal injuries in the Munich Air Disaster.

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 lost their lives, 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 Busby's friend Willie Satinoff. Travel agent Bela Miklos and crew member Tom Cable also died.

We will never forget them.
Paying our respects Video

Paying our respects

Erik ten Hag and David Moyes laid wreaths on the Old Trafford pitch, as a tribute to those lost in Munich...

Today (Tuesday), memorial services will take place in both Manchester and Munich, led by fan group Munich58 at Old Trafford and Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation (MMMF) at Manchesterplatz in Germany. This follows a weekend in which our various teams wore black armbands during their fixtures and wreaths were laid before kick-off by men's manager Erik ten Hag and women's manager Marc Skinner, and their counterparts from West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion respectively.

Fans are welcome to attend this afternoon's service at Old Trafford, which will also be shown on MUTV, and the United App.

It will commence at 14:40 GMT, underneath the Munich memorial plaque, and will be led by the club's former chaplain Rev. John Boyers. The proceedings will include poems, songs, and readings before a two-minute silence is held at 15:04 GMT, marking the exact time of the plane crash.

The event brochure, containing the order of service, can be downloaded here.

How our women's team commemorated Munich Video

How our women's team commemorated Munich

Watch as wreaths are laid before the WSL game v Brighton, ahead of our air-disaster anniversary...

In Munich, former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan will join fans and club officials at the ceremony led by the MMMF. The service follows a similar order to the one held at Old Trafford, with wreaths being placed on behalf of the club, the Association of Former Manchester United Players and the fans. Two minutes’ silence will be observed and followed by the traditional singing of The Flowers of Manchester.

In addition, eight participants from the Manchester United Foundation’s Street Reds community football projects have travelled to Munich to join club representatives and supporters in commemorating the anniversary. They will attend the memorial service at Manchesterplatz, where one of the eight young people will lay a wreath, and another will read a poem.

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