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The Busby Babes tour

The Busby Babes tour

Talk to any Manchester United fan of a certain vintage, in fact talk to ANY football fan, about the Munich Air Disaster, and don’t be surprised if you are met with tears. The tragic events of the 6th February 1958 live long in the memory and are passed down from father to son. The players have taken on legendary status and impossible comparisons are made with players of the modern era. On this unique Busby Babes tour, we will pay our respects at the final resting places of the players and staff buried around Manchester. We will also visit the grave of the man who made it all possible: Sir Matt Busby, who survived the crash, although he was badly injured. Of the 44 people on board the flight, 23 died.

 

 

  • Roger Byrne 28. His service was held at Flixton Parish Church before he was cremated
  • Eddie Colman 21, buried in Salford.
  • Mark Jones 24, buried in Wombwell nr Barnsley.
  • Duncan Edwards 21, buried in Dudley, his home town. There’s a plaque on his former house in Gorse Avenue, Stretford.
  • Billy Whelan 22, buried Glasnevin Cemetery Dublin.
  • David Pegg 22, Redhouse Cemetery, Doncaster.
  • Geoff Bent 25, buried in Salford.
  • Tommy Taylor 26, Monk Bretton Cemetery, Barnsley. Plaque on his former house, Stretford.

It is impossible to look at the list above, and not feel a sense of tragedy at how young all these talented men were. Manchester United Staff

  • Walter Crickmer 58, club secretary and ex-manager. Buried in Manchester.
  • Tom Curry 63, cremated at Manchester’s Crematorium
  • Herbert Whalley 44, ex-player and coach.

It wasn’t just footballers on the flight – a group of journalists were also on board, due to cover the match. Journalists

  • Alf Clarke, Manchester Evening Chronicle.
  • Donny Davies, Manchester Guardian
  • George Fellows, Daily Herald
  • Tom Jackson, Manchester Evening News
  • Archie Ledbrooke, Daily Mirror
  • Henry Rose, Daily Express
  • Frank Swift ex-England and MCFC goalkeeper
  • Eric Thompson Daily Mail

Passengers

  • Bela Miklos, travel agent
  • Willie Satinoff, supporter and friend of Matt Busby. Buried in Manchester.

The Tour will finish at Old Trafford where various memorials can be seen. It must be remembered that Manchester United pioneered English football into Europe and the players, staff, journalists and flight crew are owed a debt of honour from all football fans. This is their legacy. Honour and respect it. To book this unique tour on the 6th February 2013 please contact me. If you cannot come to Manchester, I will produce a leaflet for you please email john [at] manchestertaxitours.com

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