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Munich Memories of A Manchester Lad – Part 3

By Worried Turkey. In Part 2, Worried Turkey explained how he and his Uncle slept downstairs (in chairs) waiting for news, and how his Gran took the unusual step of allowing him to miss school. February 7th 1958 Unc and I were outside Old Trafford (to this day I don’t remember the journey, nor does […]

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Munich Memories of A Manchester Lad – Part 2

By Worried Turkey. My Uncle was struggling, more than I was. He had supported United for years, whilst I was only child (though red mad), so never understood the full seriousness of the situation. I waited up that night for as long as possible. I stayed at Gran’s with Unc, not for Unc’s sake, but […]

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Munich Memories of A Manchester Lad – Part 1

By Worried Turkey. Well here goes, 6th February 1958… Looked up at the school clock, not long now… Trevor (my best mate) and I would race home from school every day. First one home took their Casey down to the wreck for the match; he would also be captain and select the teams. Trev could […]

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Legends: Sir Matt Busby

By Worried Turkey. I know most of you will know the history of Sir Matt Busby (possibly better than me). My thoughts are based on what I was told and what I witnessed & remember. As most of you are probably aware, Sir Matt was wanted by Liverpool – a team he had played for […]

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Legends: Albert Scanlon

By Worried Turkey. Albert Scanlon – 127 appearances, 35 goals This article was difficult to write… In all truthfulness Scanlon, sorry… Albert was the Nani of the fifties. He had skill and his crossing was second to none, but boy could he be frustrating. He could be a world beater one minute and a right […]

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Legends: Johnny Berry

By Worried Turkey. Johnny Berry was a natural right winger, he was fast and direct, although not a frequent goal scorer during his spell at Manchester United (45 goals in 276 games) he scored some important goals. Berry was an unselfish player, capable of spotting a team mate in a better position with others often […]

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Legends: Raymond “Ray” Wood

By Worried Turkey. Raymond “Ray” Wood – 178 United appearances 3 England caps Wood was among the survivors of the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958. He suffered minor injuries, but played just one first-team game afterwards, a 4-0 defeat against Wolverhampton in October of the 58/59 season. A year later Wood was sold […]

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Legends: Jackie Blanchflower

By Worried Turkey. One person who survived Munich but never to play again was the great Jackie Blanchflower. Jackie played for Manchester United from 1951; he had a nickname of ‘twiggy’ by his teammates and was renowned for his versatility. Initially, he played many games as a forward, but Matt Busby recognised his intelligent positioning […]

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Legends: Geoff Bent

By Worried Turkey. Geoff Bent – aged 25, full-back. 12 appearances. Unfortunately for Bent, despite his tenacious tackling, cool distribution and youthful pace, he spent his short career as an understudy to established full-backs Roger Byrne and Bill Foulkes, filling in on either side of the defence for a mere 12 league games. Nevertheless, Bent […]

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Legends: Eddie Colman

By Worried Turkey. Eddie Colman – aged 21, half-back. 107 appearances, 2 goals The 21-year-old was a mesmerising crowd-pleaser who had already played in 107 games for Manchester United and helped the club to a pair of Football League Championships. He was a player of prodigious skill, nicknamed ‘snake hips’ for his ability to jink […]

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Legends: Roger Byrne

By Worried Turkey. Roger Byrne – aged 28, full-back. 277 appearances, 19 goals. 33 England caps. One of the greatest defenders in Manchester United’s history, Byrne was a father figure to the Busby Babes and tragically died alongside many of them in the Munich Air disaster. When I say no left back has come up […]

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Legends: Mark Jones

By Worried Turkey. Mark Jones – aged 24, half-back, 120 appearances, 1 goal. The big, blond ex-bricklayer, a former captain of the England schoolboy’s team, had joined United from Yorkshire junior football and turned professional in the summer of 1950. That autumn, still only 17, he tasted League action for the first time in a […]

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