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60 years today

Postby tmwilson » Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:41 pm

Waching some of the news on sky and clips on YouTube about the Munich air disaster brings tears to your eyes .
Such a terrible tragedy.
For Busby and players to continue in the game after that is amazing .
To lose so many team mates and friends must of affected them mentally forever . They probably even felt a bit of guilt that they survived and others perished. .

They are all in my heart today but a small mention for one of the survivors, Albert Scanlon who went on to play over 100 games for us

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Re: 60 years today

Postby Bros » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:47 pm

Albert Scanlon. Played for us with plates in his body from the effects of the plane crash. Scorer of one of the best goals I have ever seen at FM, just like Wanyama's the other night but further out and towards the BSS. Still rising when it hit the back of the net. Couldn't run but probably had the best control and ability of all the players from that era.
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Re: 60 years today

Postby robeyre » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:57 pm

Albert was a mainstay of the side when I started watching. Great control. Used to suffle over the half way line on kick off the stand there until someone passed him the ball! When he go it he ran straight down the wing and crossed it. That was his only job (and he did it well)
I will always remember him running on the pitch (tunnel on half way line from West stand even before the Hirst Park stand) and flicking his cigarette into the puddle beside the stand. So cool
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Re: 60 years today

Postby stag861 » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:35 pm

Great article in the Guardian about the journalists who died n the air crash. Hope the link works
https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... journalism
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Re: 60 years today

Postby Stag in Italy » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:47 pm

Had this sent to me today. Bit long but brilliant.

Twas the night before Christmas, Old Trafford was bare.
The staff all gone home, there was nobody there..
The lights cast a shadow, a soft glimmer which
lit up the soft green grass on the pitch.

Just as the clock gave out its twelfth chime
An old man appeared, as if frozen in time.
He gazed at the tunnel, then broke out in voice

Out from the tunnel appeared a lone figure
Same as in life, only infinitely bigger
The old man called out as he slowly drew near
"good evening Duncan, are the rest of you here"

The figure broke out in wide open smile
"Good Evening Sir Matt, it has been a long while
The rest are all coming, they'll be here soon,"
As seven more shadows were cast by the moon.

Whelan and Bent, Pegg, Taylor and Byrne,
Jones , and Colman, they came out in turn.
He greeted each one, just by calling their name
then proudly announced "do you fancy a game"

They took to the pitch, and the still night was broken
By leather on leather, not one word was spoken
They played once again, like they did long before
And imagined the sound of the Old Trafford roar

Edwards called out "come on lads lets pretend
That we've just scored a goal at the old Stretford End"
As they ran to the edge of the pitch by the goal
There in the stands sat a solitary soul.

His eyes were all puffy, his cheeks wet with tears
As his mind wandered back to those wonderful years
"come down and join us" they cried all as one
"yes come down and join them" said Matt "go on son"

The lonely man stood and with much pain he said
"I'm afraid I can't play with you, you are all dead.
You are all ghosts, and I am alive
That was the price that I paid to survive"

My role was to go on, inspire the team
And finally realise Matt Busbys dream
To tell of your greatness, and as I get older
To burden the weight of your life on my shoulders."

The ghost of Sir Matt then raised up his head
Giving out a loud groan, he finally said
"Bobby, You survived, that much is true
But we wouldn't be here if it were not for you

For you are the one who has kept us alive
That was the reason you had to survive
If you were with us, all we have would be gone
And the game that we play could no longer go on

If you can't understand why it happened this way
Then come here and watch when United play
They sing about us, they remember us all
We live and we breathe with each kick of the ball

The legends that live here, Robson and Best,
Cantona, Law, Giggs, Scholes and the rest
They are us, we are them, we are all here as one
And that is the reason United goes on

So come down and join us, we're begging you do
You are still one of us, and we're still one of you"
And then Bobbys face rose and he gave them a smile
And he said "I would love to come play for a while"

They played and they played, as they did in the past
Only not quite as skillful, and not quite as fast
And when it was over, and when it was done
They'd defeated Benfica by four goals to one.

Then Sir Matt said "lads, its been fun you know
But It's now Christmas day, and we really must go"
They walked to the front of the stadium and turned
And Sir Bobby said "there is something I've learned"

"You did not die, on that February night
You're still here with us, as you're with me tonight
And you'll live on forever as long as we play
As the ghosts disappeared down Sir Matt Busby way....

R-I-P to the Busby Babes that died on that horrible day in Munich. Gone but not forgotten. In Manchester United and the fans ye live forever
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