‘We’ll never die’ Manchester United remembers the Munich air disaster 60 years on

Manchester United marked the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster with a service at Old Trafford in which around 4,500 people attended.

The crash took place on February 6th 1958 when a plane carrying the Manchester United team and members of the media failed to take off from the icy Munich runway for a third time, colliding into a nearby farm house. Twenty-three people lost their lives, including eight players.

Amongst those at the memorial service was Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, former boss Sir Alex Ferguson and United captain Michael Carrick. Yet, most poignant was the attendance of Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg, who were survivors of the crash.

Manchester United’s memorial service at Old Trafford. From Left to right: Captain Michael Carrick, Manager Jose Mourinho, Vice-chairman Ed Woodward, and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson | Photo Credit: Getty

It was a human tragedy over anything else with eight players local to the Manchester area losing their lives. The team known fondly as ‘The Busby Babes’ were flying back to England having won their European Cup quarter final against Red Star Belgrade. The team carried an average age of 22.

‘The Busby Babes’ line-up for what would be one of their last games together | Photo Credit: PA

The ceremony marks a week of events put on by the club to remember the disaster. With a minute’s silence at the weekend against Huddersfield, the United fans also unveiled a banner displaying ‘We’ll Never Die’.

Tributes have also been paid at the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade where the team played their final game before the tragedy as well as the crash site in Munich, where Bayern Munich Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was joined by a large contingent of travelling United supporters.

Clubs and footballers from across the world have shown their support on social media with messages of remembrance to those who lost their lives.

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