Murphy statue planned for Old Trafford
Manchester United has agreed to work with fan groups to explore options for a statue of Jimmy Murphy at Old Trafford.
The Welshman was integral in the development of the Busby Babes, including Sir Bobby Charlton and Duncan Edwards, and in the club’s recovery from the Munich Air Disaster.
The proposal for a statue of Murphy was presented to the club by a coalition of United Supporters’ groups led by the Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation.
Representatives of supporters’ groups seeking recognition for Murphy met with senior club officials and a member of the Murphy family this week to discuss their proposal.
Various potential locations for a statue were floated and it was agreed that work would now proceed to explore the options in more detail, in consultation with fans.
Once completed, it would add to existing statues of Sir Matt Busby, Sir Alex Ferguson, and the
“United Trinity”of Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law, outside Old Trafford.
“The family of Jimmy Murphy are overjoyed with this outcome and, as Reds, we should all be pleased that Jimmy will finally have due recognition at his spiritual home.
“On behalf of the coalition and the family, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to everyone at Manchester United for agreeing to make this a reality.”
Collette Roche, Manchester United Chief Operating Officer, said:“As a club, we will always be indebted to Jimmy for the critical role he played in the aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster. He was an indispensable ally of Sir Matt’s from the flowering of the Busby Babes to our first European Cup win in 1968 and beyond.
“We are looking forward to working with fan groups to agree a suitable tribute to Jimmy outside the ground that was his second home.”
The other groups backing the proposed statue are the Association of Former Manchester United Players (AFMUP), the Duncan Edwards Foundation, Big Lily, The Red Army, and Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST).
With Sir Matt badly injured, Murphy took charge of the team after the crash and led them out Wembley for the 1958 FA Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers.
He remained at Sir Matt’s side as the club rebuilt towards one of its greatest eras, culminating in the 4-1 victory over Benfica in the 1968 European Cup Final.
“No-one outside the club will ever know how important he was to our success,”said Sir Matt, when Murphy died in 1989.
“Jimmy and I worked together to bring greatness to Manchester United. He was my first and most important signing.”