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DVD Review: UNITED explains the Munich tragedy


The bare facts are familiar to football fans the world over. On February 6, 1958, BEA Flight 609 carrying the Manchester United team back from their European Cup quarter final against Red Star Belgrade crashed on take off at Munich airport killing 23 passengers, among them eight of the Busby Babes. The stories of tragedy and heroism behind those headlines are perhaps less familiar. How the team’s 21 year old star, Duncan Edwards sent a telegram to his landlady after the aborted second take off telling her of the flight’s cancellation and assuring her he’d be home the following day. How goalkeeper Harry Gregg battled to drag his fellow passengers from the flaming wreckage to safety.

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Book Review: The Vidic dream lives on


The dream proved to be one step too far! When Nemanja Vidic led Manchester United onto the Wembley pitch to face Barcelona on Saturday, he must have been visualising himself lifting The Champions League trophy for his side a few hours later, but it was not meant to be. The brilliant Catalans made sure of it. It was a dream that the big Serbian had been having for months, one that must now wait for at least another season but there’s little doubt that the man known as Vida has not given up on it. His inbuilt determination absolutely assures it.

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FLASHBACK 1958: A United-Arsenal historic classic


It was not a cup tie at Old Trafford but this United vs Arsenal classic at the old Highbury Stadium has gone down in the annals of history. Long time Arsenal fan Norman McMillan who was just 13 years old at the time, remembers the match in an article written for arsenal-world.net. It records the vivid memories of a young boy mesmerised by football magic irrespective of club loyalties. As he now recalls “It was the last League game played by the Busby Babes – five days before the Munich Air Disaster.”

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