Tributes paid in Manchester & Munich for 60th anniversary of Man United disaster

Jo Lloyd
February 7, 2018

Gregg and Sir Bobby Charlton are the only survivors from 1958 who are still alive and the emotion was etched large on their faces, a reminder of the mental scars that persist, at a touching memorial service to commemorate the 60 anniversary of the tragedy at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

United were travelling back from a European Cup tie in Belgrade in February 1958 when the plane they were travelling in veered off the runway at taking off at Munich airport after a refuelling stop.

Gaskell went on to make 96 appearances in 13 years at Old Trafford and played in the 1963 FA Cup final win over Leicester. "I'm just very glad that Henry Gregg. was counted good enough to play for what I consider to be one of the greatest clubs in the world".

It is hoped as many as eight of the players who lined up through the schoolboy ranks with him will be there.

The legacy of the Babes has endured down the years at United, with the club committed to giving youngsters a chance.

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish will be in attendance at Old Trafford on Tuesday to represent the club in memory of the Munich air disaster.

But just three minutes after a minute's silence was held during the service, a tweet was sent from his account in reply to a question over when he and team-mate Marcus Rashford were going to play Federation Internationale de Football Association 18. "He was the only player who made me feel inadequate".

Busby was twice read his Last Rites while gravely injured in a Munich hospital - before making a miraculous recovery and leading a young team nicknamed "Busby Babes" club to European Cup glory just ten years later.

Jose Mourinho and Michael Carrick have taken part in a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.

We can only imagine what Duncan Edwards would have achieved but for that tragedy in Munich and it's hard not to think about what Manchester United might have won if his life had not been taken so soon. "The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those terrible moments have left an indelible mark forever". "When the news broke, it was really sad because I'd followed United at that time because of Matt Busby".

The mayor of Munich and senior figures from the city's Bundesliga side Bayern will also be present, while another event is also being held in Serbia.

The disaster, 60 years ago this week, killed eight of the young, vibrant side who had won successive league titles and left manager Matt Busby fighting for his life.

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