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RoM Visits The Memorials

I was lucky enough to visit the memorials for the Busby Babes yesterday, the original one and the one made in 2004. It was an odd feeling being so close to a place that has shaped our club`s history, which totally devastated so many people and destroyed a team that had the potential to be one of the greatest of all time. Whilst Sir Matt Busby`s venture in to European football was justified ten years later when we became the first English team to win the European Cup, we were robbed of years of great football from his Babes.

There were several groups of people at the memorials, some young lads, an older couple, a few middle aged men. Whilst the mood was somber, it still felt really good to be there. The Polish supporters club got there before us and left two big wreaths of red and white flowers, and I added some flowers to the collection, on behalf of you lot. If you ever get the chance to go yourself though, you must.

We`ll never die.

I will put pictures up on Facebook as soon a I possibly can.

About Scott

Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    it gives me shivers thinking about it,
    lest we forget

  2. gotta hate tiny tears says:

    keep the red flag flying scott

  3. gazmask says:

    If anyone wants a brilliant read on united players such as Gregg and Charltons takes describing the 1958 munich air disater then click the link..

  4. gazmask says:

    @ ghtt
    I hear your from ireland,whereabouts you from?

    I’m from Belfast


    thanks for laying the flowers Scott . . .


    We will NEVER die.


    @ghtt – How did Emily do ?

  8. Gotta hate tiny tears says:

    Fantasticly well mate and she said after her bow to her teacher that anderson scored

  9. Debrabs says:

    We’ll never die

  10. boam6 says:

    Ghtt ha she’s a legend already you’ve taught her well!! I was out for a meal last night with my girlfriends family n even for a friendly got my mates to text me :) Scott great post mate. “we’ll never die!”

  11. mancaroon says:


  12. aig alex is god says:

    that brings tears to my eyes

  13. Pi says:

    Thanks for the flowers Scott.

    We’ll never die!

  14. aig alex is god says:

    scott feeling jealous of you.witnessed ando scre live.

  15. aig alex is god says:


    maybe emily shud take part in plays more often.Ando will scre more often

  16. Red Rooney says:

    die those who cannot rebirth.

  17. theboogeyman says:

    ne cold and bitter Thursday in Munich, Germany,
    Eight great football stalwarts conceded victory.
    Eight men will never play again, who met disaster there,
    The flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester.

    The Busby Babes were flying home, returning from Belgrade,
    This great United family all masters of their trade.
    The pilot of the aircraft, the skipper Captain Thain,
    Three times tried to take off and twice turned back again.

    The third time down the runway disaster followed close,
    There was slush upon that runway and the aircraft never rose.
    It ploughed into the marshy ground, it broke, it overturned.
    And eight of that team were killed when the blazing wreckage burned.

    Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor, who were capped for England’s side,
    And Ireland’s Liam Whelan and England’s Geoff Bent died.
    Mark Jones and Eddie Coleman and David Pegg also,
    They all lost their lives as it ploughed on through the snow.

    Big Duncan he went too, with an injury to his brain,
    And Ireland’s brave Jack Blanchflower will never play again.
    The great Matt Busby lay there, the father of this team,
    Three long months passed by before he saw his team again.

    The trainer, coach and secretary and three members of the crew,
    Also eight sporting journalists who with United flew,
    And one of them was Big Swifty who we will ne’er forget,
    The finest English ‘keeper that ever graced a net.

    England’s finest football team it’s record truly great,
    It’s proud success mocked by this cruel turn of fate.
    Eight men will never play again who met disaster there,
    The flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester.

  18. aig alex is god says:


    Brilliant mate.cudnt have described any better.

  19. Cantona7 says:

    Citeh’s fan is mocking us scott. please do something to respond to this ad

  20. aig alex is god says:


    the response will be delivered on the field on 20th Sept.

    as they say action speaks louder than words.let them enjoy their time in the sun bcoz once the season starts they will realize where they belong

  21. MUFC the Religion says:

    SKY SPORTS: Xabi Alonso hands in a transfer request.


    GHTT – So pleased she stole the show mate.
    Both Emily and Anderson had a great night then.

    No doubt her Daddy will be spoiling her rotten today and buying her an away kit aswell !! This time with Anderson on the back?

  23. Cantona7 says:

    @ aig alex

    I know action speaks louder than words. And god how i wish we will trash them on that day. But I do feels we have to win both on the pitch and of the pitch. Players and manager will do their part on teaching them a lesson and let them know their real place in footballing. We as a fan must also do our part to show them what we can do. Just my though though. Hope someone will respond to those dreaming idiots!!!

  24. exiledred says:

    A broken heart, a broken dream,
    A broken place, a broken team,
    No words were said, a silent vow,
    We loved you then, We love you now,
    The Red flag will always fly
    For MAN UNITED will never die….

  25. 20legend says:

    RIP all those who died.

    United’s flag is deepest red
    It shrouded all our Munich dead
    Before their limbs grew stiff and cold
    Their hearts’ blood dyed its every fold

    Then raise United’s banner high
    Beneath it’s shade we’ll live and die
    So keep the faith and never fear
    We’ll keep the red flag flying here

    We’ll never die, we’ll never die
    We’ll never die, we’ll never die
    We’ll keep the red flag flying high
    Because Man United will never die

  26. aig alex is god says:


    i did respond,but you see the more you respond,the more it will drag point arguing with those headless bastards.They feel they are gonna do very well dis season.

    anyways just remind them of how much silverware they have won and they will shut their mouth.

  27. Rafaisamadman says:

    Thank you Scott.

  28. aig alex is god says:


    The man who sent this mail seems to ba a retard.United did not go there to promote Christianity but to entertain the crowds so that they can catch their heroes whom they watch only on Tv Live.It is sad that these things continue to happen.But how coulod their judgement be so wrong.2 days early??

    anyways remember the poster wen we went to korea

    FUCk Terrorist

  29. Manutd forever says:

    @20legend – mate these people are fucking retards . They are a victim and prisoner of their own retarded minds .

  30. Manutd forever says:

    @20legend – These people are fucking retards . They are a victim and prisoner of their own retarded minds .

  31. Manutd forever says:

    When is united’s next match?

  32. Giles Oakley says:

    Thanks for laying the flowers for us all, Scott. I know it means a lot to me, and it will to everyone. Thinking about it always gets me very emotional, so it was lovely to hear from GHTT that Emily did so well in the school play (no surprise there), with the wonderful moment of her telling her teacher that Anderson had scored. I just know the Babes would have loved it. As we think of the tragic past, we know the future is in safe hands with folks like Emily and her loving Daddy. That’s United for you.

  33. aig alex is god says:

    Manutd forever

    Tonight at 1945 against bayern Munich at Allianz arena

  34. Chep says:

    thank you Scott for the flowers. my thoughts are now there for a while, despite I was not alive at that time.
    today, I just received some items from spreadshirts with the “We`ll never die” text. what a coincidence

  35. keano99 says:

    good man for leaveing the flowers scott iv got a liam whelan t-shirt that will be worn on the stretford end @ the brum game. we’ll never die
    Dont let that blue shite get to you cantona7 we’ll show the scum on the pitch.

  36. Manutd forever says:

    Thank you Scott for laying the flower on the behalf of us all red devils.

  37. willierednut says:

    I was lucky enough to be at derby on the 50th anniversery of munich, even though the result did’nt go for us, the day itself was very emotional, And to be fare the city fans were brillant as well. The busby babes will never be forgotten, keep the red flag flying high.


    The finest way of honouring those gifted men and young boys who never survived the Munich air disaster is to remember them often, with humility and by continuing success through hard work and determination. That is the Manchester United way. That is what makes me very, very proud to be a Manchester Lad and a Manchester United fan.
    It is because we are world class that someone like Scott has the class to go and pay his respects and lay flowers in remembrance when a hangover day in bed would have been so much easier.

    You make me proud to be one of the many Scott.

    Enjoy the game tonight and remember to start plenty of “You are my Solskjaer” chants. Have a safe journey back to the Peoples Republik.

  39. King Eric says:

    20legend – Wish those verses you posted were sung at every game and not just the last few lines. Sends shivers down my back. Great piece aswell boogeyman , I love those words.

    Thanks alot Scott.

    Lest we forget.

  40. nomoreargies says:

    thanks scott mate enjoy tonights game and have a safe journey back.

  41. Gingeraction says:

    I visited the memorials back in June. I was on a family holiday in Bavaria and we had one night in Munich, so on the way into the city I did a detour to the memorials.
    It’s odd really, they are at the end of a housing estate, with the old one virtually at the end of someone’s back garden and the new one in front of a small patch of grass on a sharp bend which then takes the road past where the runway was and the site of the old airport.
    I was very moved. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel, particularly not being alive in ’58 but the significance just grabbed me. It was a memorial that actually meant something to me.
    I am very pleased to have had to chance to go.
    I’ve posted some pics here:


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