Red Matters: hidden United stories, revealed

Posted on February 26, 2013  by nameonthetrophy  in Doron, Man United, Munich   1 Comment »
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Author: Doron

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Over the last twelve months, United fans have been very fortunate that there have been so many new books and collections of writing about the club and all things related. The digital age has opened a new gateway for publishing content and encouraged people who wouldn’t have previously seen such a project through, to do so.

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Fans in Glass Stadiums…

Posted on April 26, 2011  by Bricki  in Bricki, Man United, Munich   3 Comments »

AUTHOR: – Bricki

Its not been the best of times in recent months for the image of the football supporter or the game in general…

We’ve had the parcel bombs sent to Neil Lennon and other high profile Celtic fans/staff. The ongoing troubles between Rangers and Celtic, which included a potential riot between players and management. The Tottenham fans allegedly singing abusive and potentially racist songs at Emmanuel Adebayor.
Manchester United fans shaming a Youth Cup semi-final at Anfield with chants about Heysel and Hillsborough.

This is but the tip of an iceberg that has included players receiving racial abuse from fans, being abused by people hiding behind Twitter names and last night included a section of Manchester City fans refering to United fans as Munichs in songs at Blackburn Rovers.

Isn’t it time that enough was enough and we reclaim the game from these morons?

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Remembering the Busby Babes

Posted on February 06, 2011  by Stretford-end  in Guest Writer, Man United, Munich   8 Comments »

February 6th 1958 will forever be ingrained in the history of Manchester United football club. It was to be the day that claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight United players. In a tribute to the Busby Babes, I wanted to celebrate their playing careers rather than that the tragic events of that day. We’ve teamed up with Tony Parks, a United youth historian, who has kindly answered a few questions that we put to him in the week on the players, coaching and the potential of the Busby Babes. If you are a Twitter user, you can follow Tony here.

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February 6th 1958 – lest we forget

Posted on February 06, 2010  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Munich   3 Comments »

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52 years ago today a plane carrying the Manchester United team crashed on the third attempt on the snow covered run way of the Munich airport. 23 people who were on the plane died after the crash, including eight Manchester United players. The team were returning to Manchester after a 3-3 draw with Partizan Belgrade and had stopped off in Munich. The tragedy meant that the Busby Babes would never play together again and is ingrained into the soul of the club. Today we remembered our fallen heroes – gone but never ever forgotten.

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Fixture List Manipulation and FA inconsistencies

Posted on September 30, 2009  by Yolkie  in Citeh, Man United, Man United News, Munich, News, Premier League, Press   No Comments »

Munich Memorial

On my way back from the capital earlier this week the long train journey afforded me an indulgence I don’t take too often, that being the reading of the good old fashioned printed word. Of course I keep upto date with all things football but that generally is done either online or via Sky Sports News.

There was an interesting piece in the Telegraph by Henry Winter that was invitingly titled “Premier League missed a trick with Manchester United centenary fixture “. The article is essentially referring to the 100th anniversary of United playing at Old Trafford which is due to be celebrated on the 19th February 2010.

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Superga air disaster remembered

Posted on May 04, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Munich   9 Comments »
Superga air disaster

Sixty years ago today a plane carrying the Torino side back from a friendly against Benfica crashed into the hill of Superga – near Turin – killing all 31 passengers on board. Of course this has no reference to United at all, in terms of directly affecting the football club – however nine years after this tragedy – Munich happened.

Some people are unaware of the tragedy outside of Italy – which robbed Italy of one of their finest sides they had ever seen. Torino had won five Serie A titles on the trot from 1943 (45 & 46 were not contested due to the war) and was generally considered the best side in Italy – ahead of city rivals Juventus. Torino also boasted the talents of Valentino Mazzola, the father of Italian football legend Sandro Mazzola.

The similarities to our own disaster are vast – both cities were gravely effected by the loss of the team, both teams were widely considered the best in the land and would go on to achieve even more greatness and both clubs had players that would have contributed to the success of the national side in future world cups – however United were able to rebuild with the survivors of the air disaster and guidance from Jimmy Murphy through the dark days post Munich – with Busby still in hospital. Torino were never the same post 1949 as the whole side was wiped out – there were no survivors. City rivals Juventus became the most successful side in Italy and ironically won the 1950 title – something that would not have been achievable had Torino not flown that day. Torino have only won the Serie A title once since 1949 – in 1976 – and you feel that had this tragedy not occurred – the Turin club would have won a considerable amount more.

RIP all those who died in the Superga air disaster, sixty years today.

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February 6th 1958 – 51 years on

Posted on February 06, 2009  by Stretford-end  in Man United, Munich   1 Comment »

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster and it is a time for reflection on those who died playing for our club. Captain Roger Byrne, Geoff Bent, ‘snakehips’ Eddie Colman, Tommy Taylor, David Pegg, Mark Jones, Liam ‘Billy’ Whelan and Duncan Edwards all perished due to the horrific crash on February 6th 1958. Today at around 15:03 we will all remember those people that died that day – the day after the Busby Babes played their last game together. Rest in peace lads.

For more information on the how you can remember the victims of the crash please visit – www.munich58.co.uk

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