United's Under-13s hear talk about Busby Babes
Manchester United’s Under-13s were educated about the legacy of the Busby Babes and the Munich Air Disaster last weekend, just hours before the Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
Pat Burns, chairman of the Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation (MMMF), and Roy Cavanagh MBE, author of numerous books on United’s history, were invited down to Carrington by the Academy to speak to the boys about the emotive subject.
During their time together, the group heard about what the Babes achieved, the tragedy of Munich and what its legacy means to Manchester United and our many fans around the world.
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The Under-13s are set to be involved in commemorative events around the 65th anniversary of the disaster in Munich on 6 February.
One player will be called out to lay a wreath during the memorial service at Manchesterplatz, Trudering, where a memorial stone bears the names of those that lost their lives in 1958.
Another boy will read out a poem to close the ceremony, which will be attended by dignitaries from both Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
MMMF chairman Pat Burns said: “It was a real pleasure to be invited to the Academy to speak to the Under-13s.
“It’s truly wonderful to see the Academy coaches – under our Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation patron, Nick Cox – instil this level of knowledge, spirit and understanding of what Munich and the Babes mean to our club and fans.
“The boys were magnificent, so respectful and well-mannered. They are an absolute credit to our club.”