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Remember Munich: Sir Matt was REALLY Sir Alex

Like so many Manchester United fans – make that football fans, I have read thousands, possibly millions of words about Sir Matt Busby. Books from 60 years ago still hold pride of place on my bookshelf yet it has only recently come to my attention that he was REALLY Sir Alex Busby! Were there not just one but two “Alex the Great” in the history of the club? This is the Wikipedia entry for Sir Matt Sir Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby, CBE, KCSG (26 May 1909 – 20 January 1994). He was the longest serving manager in the history of Manchester United until 19 December 2010, when Sir Alex Ferguson surpassed his record.”

One of the unforgettable dates in English football history is February 6 1958 and not just for Manchester United but for the world game itself. With total respect to the Babes and everyone who lost their lives in that tragedy, tributes are being paid to them all over the web today so Truly Reds has decided to pay a special tribute to their ‘Father’, ‘Sir Alex Busby’ through some rare, historic photos thanks to the Daily Mail

These are the Babes who lost their lives in that tragedy

Roger Byrne 28

Mark Jones 24

Duncan Edwards 21

Tommy Taylor 26

Eddie Colman 21

Liam Whelan 22

David Pegg 22

Geoff Bent 25

Try to imagine the feelings of the survivors when they discovered that so many of their comrades had perished. Now imagine yourself as a youngster, so inspired by these footballers only a few years older than yourself. Then try to feel the shock, pain and anguish and disbelief and utter helplessness of hearing about their sudden demise. This was not just the biggest tragedy in English football, it was the defining moment in the history of Manchester United.

The groundswell of passion that followed was unbelievable. Millions of people, some not even football fans, wept openly. Schools were closed, memorial services and tributes proliferated all over Europe. The greatest club side in English football history was wiped out at Munich. Together with the widely mourned  ‘Busby Babes’, another 15 from the 43 passengers on board the Elizabethan charter aircraft G-ALZU ‘Lord Burghley’ lost their lives on Thursday 6th February 1958.  They were…

Walter Crickmer – Manchester United Secretary

Bert Whalley – Chief Coach

Tom Curry – Trainer

Frank Swift – Journalist and one of Manchester City’s greatest players

Alf Clarke – Journalist

Don Davies – Journalist

George Fellows – Journalist

Tom Jackson – Journalist

Archie Ledbrooke – Journalist

Henry Rose – Journalist

Eric Thompson – Journalist

Captain Kenneth Rayment – Co Pilot

Tom Cable  – Steward

Bela Miklos – Travel Agent

Willie Satinoff – Supporter

February 6th 1958 was a tragic day for so many lives but in a strange, ironic way, it helped transform Manchester United into the world wide sporting icon that it is today.

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  1. RedScot says:

    R.I.P. No disrespect to Truly Reds,I made my comment at 3.03 on another United forum today naturally.

  2. Frank Scicluna says:

    Well done mate, Feb 6 will always be one of the most solemn days of the year

  3. RedScot says:

    @The Boss, yes it will be.As you know I am younger United supporter than most on this fine forum.I know the significance of the day.On reading some forum’s,today. Boss it just makes me feel, well sick, that people have petty squabbles and loathsome tirades, on a commerative,article.
    Cheers, Boss.

  4. Manu92 says:

    People talk trash about us…people talk rot about us…and in doing so they ignore the past we had…they ignore the spirit, passion and character we possess…
    When i started following united…i was unaware of our prestigious history..then i came to know about the Munich disaster and our rise after that…Manchester united became my love!!…these 8 men along with the staff members are hallmark of true football…especially duncan edwards…people called him the best in england…ask me…and i’ll say he could have become the best in Europe had he lived…pele and maradona were great but he had that X FACTOR which made him even better!!!
    yes there were a lot of similarities between sir alex and sir matt busby…they were both Scottish….both served so long for the club…when both of them came…united was struggling…when sir busby came…united were struggling in the league and he changed the face of the club…when sir alex came united were struggling and in only 4 years…he changed football!!!

    CHEERS TO MACNHESTER UNITED…CHEERS TO EACH AND EVERY RED DEVIL WHO PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN RE-ESTABLISHING THIS GREAT CLUB…CHEERS TO THE FANS AND TO THE PLAYERS OF PAST AND PRESENT…CHEERS TO SIR MATT BUSBY AND SIR ALEX FERGUSON..THE SCOTTISH PRODIGIES

    P-S=sorry for posting this comment so late…my net was out of work!!

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