Longford Manchester United Supporters Club members commemorate 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster

Longford Manchester United Supporters Club members commemorate 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster

Members of Co Longford Manchester United Supporters Club that travelled to Old Trafford where the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster was commemorated.

Today is the 60th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster where 23 people – including eight Manchester United players and three club officials – were fatally injured when the plane taking them home from a European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade crashed after refuelling in Germany.

Last Saturday, at Man Utd's famed home ground Old Trafford, the February 6, 1958 disaster was commemorated during the Premier League game against Huddersfield Town and a group of Longford 'Red Devil' fans were fortunate enough to be among the attendance for the very poignant occasion.

Longford based photographer Michael Croghan explained, "All supporters inside the ground received a complimentary copy of United Review and a special hardback book, before a surfer banner was unveiled at the Stretford End in tribute to the legendary Busby Babes."

The eight Man Utd players that died following the Munich Air Disaster were Geoff Bent (25), Roger Byrne (aged 28), Eddie Colman (21), Duncan Edwards (21), Mark Jones (24), David Pegg (22), Tommy Taylor (26) and Liam Whelan (22). 

The three club officials who were killed were secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry and coach Bert Whalley. Eight journalists died - Alf Clarke, Donny Davies, George Follows, Tom Jackson, Archie Ledbrooke, Henry Rose, Eric Thompson and former Manchester City goalkeeper Frank Swift.

Aircraft captain Ken Rayment, fellow crew member Tom Cable, travel agent Bela Miklos and supporter Willie Satinoff, a friend of United manager Sir Matt Busby, were also victims of the tragedy.

Michael said the members of the Co Longford Manchester United Supporters Club enjoyed the trip to Old Trafford immensely. 

He extended thanks to Kanes Travel for getting 'us all there and back safely and in great comfort'.

Michael added, "The local Manchester United Supporters Club is always open to new members and receives tickets to a certain amount of games a season. We stayed in a great hotel just on the outskirts of Bury, The Village Inn. Everything was looked after for us and all we had to do was sit back and relax and enjoy a great trip."

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