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PICTURE: Liverpool fans graffiti Busby Babe’s bridge?

PICTURE: Liverpool fans graffiti Busby Babe’s bridge?

Billy Whelan joined the United ranks when he was just a teenager and made his debut for the club when he was 19-years-old. The following week he scored his first goal for the club. Whelan went on to play 98 games for United and scored an incredible 52 goals. He was on the plane with [...]

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PICTURES: United players pay respect to Busby Babes at Munich

PICTURES: United players pay respect to Busby Babes at Munich

Ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Bayern Munich, the United squad took the time to visit the Munich Air Disaster memorial. ———— The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in Brazil. There is [...]

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Flowers of Manchester

Today marks the 56th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster in which 23 people lost their lives, including 8 United players. Lest we forget. ———— The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in [...]

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PART III: Bill Foulkes and the Munich aftermath

Part II of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at the rise of the Busby Babes and the tragedy of Munich. In this part of the story we’re told about the role Foulkes played as the club was rebuilt after Munich. The Munich Aftermath When the Babes were destroyed on the runway at Munich Bill [...]

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PART II: Bill Foulkes the Busby Babes

Part I of this tribute to Bill Foulkes looked at his early playing days. In this part of the story we’re told about Bill’s rise to the first team and being a part of the Busby Babes. Bill and the Busby Babes Eventually Matt managed to persuade Bill to quit the pit and go full [...]

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A chat with Bill Foulkes…

Some time ago I made a pact with my partner to go to the Gym twice a week, part of the price for having a good eating lifestyle. On Saturday afternoon, before the wiles of Euro 2000 returned to the TV screen, we fitted in another workout. A silver-haired man, tall and imposing, was busy [...]

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Remembering a United legend – Bill Foulkes

Remembering a United legend – Bill Foulkes

The word “legend” gets said a lot in football but rarely is its use accurate. When talking about Bill Foulkes, the former Manchester United defender who sadly passed away yesterday, the title sums him up well. Foulkes, born in St Helens, joined United when he was 18-years-old and played in the youth team, making his [...]

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Memories Of The Cliff

Memories Of The Cliff

Mention the Cliff to the majority of those (I almost said supporters) who visit Old Trafford on a match day during this and recent seasons and they would more than likely get the impression that you were making a reference to some aging pop-star. But for others, who take pride in the history of United [...]

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Rising from the Wreckage

Rising from the Wreckage

Around midnight, a knock came to the door of No.9 Archie Street a nondescript house like many others on the Ordsall Estate, a short walk from Old Trafford. There were similar unwanted knocks at other doors in the Manchester, Yorkshire and Ireland. Answering the door, Dick Colman came face to face with an airline official, [...]

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When Arsenal beat United 5-2, was the game fixed?

When Arsenal beat United 5-2, was the game fixed?

“Reminder to Manchester United: All the soccer skill in the world amounts to nothing without possession of the ball. That’s why United crashed at Highbury. In defence and attack they showed end of season lethargy. They were slow to challenge for the ball and to take up position….United did not go down without a show [...]

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How Real Madrid Helped United Following Munich

How Real Madrid Helped United Following Munich

Real Madrid were incredibly generous to Manchester United in the aftermath of the Munich Air Disaster and I think the reason for that basically came down to the relationship that had formed between President Bernabeu and Sir Matt Busby. Both men were kindred spirits. Each liked to play wonderful attacking football, the difference being Busby [...]

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Remembering John Denis Downie

Remembering John Denis Downie

John Denis Downie joined Manchester United from Bradford Park Avenue in 1949 for £18,000, making him our most expensive player, when he was 23-years-old. Sir Matt Busby gave him his début on March 5th against Charlton Athletic, when he scored the first goal in a 3-2 win, and he went on to score 37 goals [...]

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Red Matters

Red Matters

After several months of planning and editing, we are today proud to launch “Red Matters”. This book compiles the writing of Giles Oakley who has been supporting Manchester United since the Munich Air Disaster. Having attended United games since 1960 onwards, Giles delves in to the history of club, discussing stories and events you have [...]

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PICTURE: Sir Matt Busby’s Programme Notes vs Real Madrid 1968

PICTURE: Sir Matt Busby’s Programme Notes vs Real Madrid 1968

On April 24th 1968, the season that marked the 10 year anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster, Manchester United faced Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the European Cup. In the first leg, United won 1-0 thanks to a goal from George Best, and in the second leg drew 3-3, to book their place in [...]

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Manchester’s Finest

Manchester’s Finest

55 years ago today. Gone but never forgotten. Manchester’s Finest, an excellent book on the Munich Air Disaster from the perspective of fans, reflects on what life was like for Mancunians on the day they learnt about the crash: At school that afternoon it was going to be football as usual for the Upper Thirds. [...]

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