Many reds have just been waiting for this Glazer lead Manchester United to screw up the Babes tribute. It had been so far so good, following the news of a sponsor less kit being warn by both United and City for the game on February 10th. Barring bitters spoiling the minutes silence, it appeared as though things were set to run smoothly.
The day before yesterday, United strung up a large banner to the back of the East Stand, showing a picture of the the Busby Babes alongside the words to the Calypso. However, upon closer inspection, a mistake in the words is there for all to see. Busby’s name had been omitted from the ‘Bunch of bouncing Busby Babes’ line. On top of that, sponsors AIG had managed to find their way on to the commemorative picture, their logo located next to ‘They play on in our memories’. Was this really necessary?
On the Republik of Mancunia forum, the e-mail addresses of those in the know at Old Trafford were listed for us to contact. Promptly, the replies came flooding in.
The cut and paste job we all received from Enquiries@manutd.co.uk read: The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Munich air crash has involved many different groups including the club’s partners, who wish to pay their own tributes.
Each group has chosen to pay tribute in its own way. It is entirely appropriate that a partner as closely involved with the club as AIG would want to remember that extraordinary team, cut down in its prime.
Key figures were consulted before the project was agreed, including the Busby family and all were supportive of what is a stunning and poignant tribute.
With regard to the omission in the text, that was a mistake made during the proofing process and is in the process of being corrected. Clearly it is a regrettable matter, but one the Club has taken steps to rectify as soon as it was able.
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