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Tribute to Kenny Morgans

Tribute to Kenny Morgans

Kenny Morgans, a survivor from the Munich Air Disaster, sadly passed away this evening, aged 73. He was taken ill on Saturday night and later passed away in hospital. Morgans signed for United upon leaving school when he was 16-years-old and played on the right wing for the youth team. After making his debut when [...]

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Duncan Edwards – The Greatest Thing That Has Happened In British Football

Duncan Edwards – The Greatest Thing That Has Happened In British Football

Former Deputy Editor of the Official United Magazine, Sam Pilger, has written an excellent book on United’s best ever XI. The eleven players are named and reviewed, looking at their qualities and revealing stories you probably haven’t heard before. One of the centre-back positions in our best ever team goes to Duncan Edwards. Here’s an [...]

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Olympic Spirit: the amateurs who played for Manchester United

Olympic Spirit: the amateurs who played for Manchester United

These days it would normally be a term of abuse to call a Manchester United footballer ‘an amateur’, but it wasn’t always so. Sometimes it’s simply been a statement of fact, albeit applying to less than a dozen players in United’s history from the 1880s to the 1960s. Thoughts about this select band who pulled [...]

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Lest We Forget

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 Brazil. There is also exclusive content from this country’s top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield. All [...]

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COMPETITION: “United” Busby Babes DVD

COMPETITION: “United” Busby Babes DVD

In April, the BBC showed a drama called “United” which was based on the Busby Babes leading up to the Munich Air Disaster. This will be released on DVD on August 8th and RoM has got two copies of it to give away. Question: How many league titles did the Busby Babes win before Munich? [...]

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Eddie Lewis – Farewell to a Busby Babe

Eddie Lewis – Farewell to a Busby Babe

Eddie Lewis, one of the original Busby Babes, has sadly lost his battle with cancer today. He was born in Manchester in 1935 and played for Goslings before joining the Manchester United Junior Athletic Club. Lewis joined United in 1947 and made a total of 24 appearances, scoring 11 goals. He left United for Preston [...]

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VIDEO: Sir Matt Interview On His Best Side

This is an interview with Sir Matt Busby taken form 1973, two years after he had stopped being our manager after filling in after Wilf McGuinness was sacked. ———— 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 [...]

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Nat Lofthouse, United and the Bolton 1958 FA Cup Final‏

Nat Lofthouse, United and the Bolton 1958 FA Cup Final‏

Nat Lofthouse, United and the 1958 FA Cup Final My oldest friend is a life-long Bolton Wanderers supporter. That’s why for more than fifty of the sixty-odd years I have known him we have argued about whether Nat Lofthouse, who sadly died earlier this month at the age of 85, fouled Manchester United’s goalkeeper Harry Gregg in the 1958 FA Cup [...]

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Blackpool, Stanley Matthews and United’s ‘dwarf of football magic’

Blackpool, Stanley Matthews and United’s ‘dwarf of football magic’

In some ways the enjoyment of football is like seeking a perpetual return to the freedoms of childhood, with all its agonies and ecstasies. Perhaps that’s why I’m so pleased to see Blackpool FC back where they belong, in the top division, trying to play progressive, attractive football in the best traditions of the club, [...]

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Harry Gregg’s ‘punch-up’ at Luton in April 1960: New witnesses, 50 years on

Fifty years ago this week, some two years after the Munich Air Disaster, Harry Gregg, hero of the crash and Manchester United goalkeeper, knocked out a spectator who had rushed onto the pitch at the end of a match against Luton Town. The man suffered severe facial bruising and had to go to hospital for [...]

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Who put the ball in the Germans’ net? Albert Quixall!

Who put the ball in the Germans’ net? Albert Quixall!

Everyone who’s ever seen a Manchester United ‘golden moments’ showreel from the 1990s will know all about David Beckham’s astonishing strike from the halfway line against Wimbledon in ’96, summed up in Eric Cantona’s immortal words: ‘Good goal, David.’ Well, a similar goal has been scored once before in United’s history. Against Bayern Munich. On [...]

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Watching United 50 Years Ago: Fulham v Man United, March 26th 1960‏

Ahead of our game against Fulham, Giles Oakley has reflected on United vs Fulham over the years. ———— 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 also exclusive content from [...]

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Never Forget – The Flowers Of Manchester

———— 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 also exclusive content from this country’s top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield. All [...]

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Remembering Albert Scanlon: A Fan’s Tribute

He hurtles down the muddy left touchline, shoulders square on, head down, shorts hitched up, plain white socks a blur, heavy brown lace-up football at his feet as he bursts past floundering defenders to the by-line before launching a cross into the path of an on-rushing team-mate. It could be to Bobby Charlton for a [...]

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RIP Albert Scanlon

———— 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 also exclusive content from this country’s top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield. All [...]

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