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Made in Manchester

Made in Manchester

70 years ago today Sir Matt Busby was given the job as Manchester United manager and the history of our football club was changed forever. His dedication to giving young, local players a chance set him apart from all other managers at the time. To mark the anniversary, RoM has brought out a PDF which [...]

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PICTURES: United pay tribute to Busby Babes

PICTURES: United pay tribute to Busby Babes

Manchester United have paid tribute to the players who lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster. Bayern Munich owner Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also in Manchester to pay his respects. ———— INPLAY allows us to chat in real time about the latest United news and the events on match day. Join the our chatroom on [...]

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Marking 57 years since the Munich Air Disaster – re-telling the tragic story of 1958

On 6th February 1958, Manchester United suffered one of the grimmest fates ever to befall a sports team. Sir Matt Busby, manager of the great team, once said, ‘My life had been spared, though it still hung on only by a thread. I wanted to die.’ That is how close ‘The Busby Babes’ had become and just [...]

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The player most deserving of a statue at Old Trafford will probably never get one

The player most deserving of a statue at Old Trafford will probably never get one

Old Trafford has had many heroes over the years. This is unsurprising, given the club’s rich history. Sir Matt Busby and Sir Alex Ferguson, orchestrators of the two great periods of sustained success, have been immortalised, in statue form, outside the ground. Sir Matt gazes into the distance, where the holy trinity of Charlton, Law [...]

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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. ———— INPLAY allows us to chat in real time about the latest United news and the events on match day. Join the our chatroom on your phone for free: RoM chatroom. Code = ASYKP

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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. ———— INPLAY allows us to chat in real time about the latest United news and the events on match day. Join the our chatroom on your phone for free: RoM chatroom. [...]

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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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