United's sadness as Terry Beckett passes away
Everyone at Manchester United was saddened to receive the news that Terry Beckett, a former Busby Babe and talent scout, has passed away, aged 80.
Needless to say, his signature was coveted by numerous clubs, but the lure of joining United was too tempting to ignore.
He proceeded to collect an FA Youth Cup winners’ medal in 1955 after helping the Reds to defeat West Bromwich Albion 7-1 on aggregate over two legs. A winger or inside-forward, he scored a goal in the second leg at The Hawthorns; his team-mates that day included several United luminaries, including Eddie Colman, Wilf McGuinness, Shay Brennan, Duncan Edwards and Bobby Charlton.
Terry also appeared in the early rounds of the following season’s competition but he wasn’t included in the team that retained the trophy for a fourth successive time after overcoming a Chesterfield side which included Gordon Banks in goal.In the summer of 1956, he moved across town to try his luck at Manchester City, staying for just one season before making another local move to join Altrincham, who, at the time, were in the Cheshire League.
Sad to hear that Terry Beckett has passed away. Terry trained & played with “The Babes”. And scouted for Utd for 30+ years.He was so proud of his achievements at Utd, which were numerous. He loved family, Utd, life & football. Deepest condolences to all his family and friends— Brian McClair (@BrianMcClair13) May 22, 2019
Fitness problems eventually curtailed his playing career but he maintained his links with Old Trafford and, for some time, worked in a scouting capacity for the club.
Everyone at Manchester United extends their sincere condolences and thoughts at this sad time for Terry’s family and friends.