Munich Disaster – Football Remembers
This day exactly 61 years ago spelt a lot of sadness and gloom for Manchester United fans and indeed, football enthusiasts all over the world.
On the 6th of February, 1958, twenty out of 44 Manchester United staff on board died at the scene of the Munich air disaster with another three dying later on.
The famous Manchester United team nicknamed the Busby Babes were returning from playing an European cup quarter-final encounter against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia, one they ended up winning.
The flight had stopped for a refuel at Munich. However, the aircraft soon crashed after two take-off failures with the third proving fatal and claiming 23 lives in the process, eight of which were first team United players died.
The Manchester United players who perished in the crash include: Darren Bent, Tommy Taylor, Liam Whelan, David Pegg, Mark Jones, Duncan Edwards, Eddie Colman and Roger Bryne.
The image and memories of the crash lingers in the hearts of many Man United faithfuls and the most successful football club in England commemorates the players who lost their lives on this date ever since.
The hashtag #FlowersofManchester has been trending on Twitter with football fans pouring their condolences for the club.
A fan @littlesatnin wrote:
“The world, not just the country were affected and moved on that dreadful day. Every year this breaks my heart. I adore the Busby babes & it saddens me to think how young they all were when their lives were cut short. Rest in peace, you’ll never be forgotten.”
ManUnited players weren’t found wanting either
A tweet from Valencia @anto_v25 read: “We will never forget them @ManUtd Nunca los olvidaremos”
Luke Shaw @LukeShaw23 wrote: “We will never forget #flowersofmanchester”
Tweet from Marcus Rashford @MarcusRashford read: “We loved you then, we love you now. RIP”
However Paul Pogba is yet to mention anything about the Munich disaster which occurred before he was even born.