Friday, February 29, 2008

2008 Friday fun 6

Duncan Edwards (October 1, 1936 - February 21, 1958) was an English footballer who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Matt Busby in the mid 1950s, and one of eight players who died as a result of the Munich air disaster.

Born in Dudley, Edwards signed for Manchester United as a teenager and went on to become the youngest player to play in the Football League First Division and the youngest England player since the Second World War. In a professional career of less than five years he helped United to win two Football League championships and reach the semi-finals of the European Cup. Although he survived the crash of the team's aeroplane at Munich in February 1958, he died as a result of his injuries 15 days later. It has been claimed by those who saw Edwards play that, had he not died young, he would have gone on to become one of the all-time footballing greats
(Courtesy of wikipedia)
Ithought this would be an interesting post given the recent anniversary of the Munich disaster. The statue in the picture stands in the market place in Dudley and a memorial service attended by hundreds of people was held there only last week.

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