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Munich air crash haunts former Man Utd player McGuinness, 60 years on

07 February 2018

In a poignant echo of the treacherous conditions that prevailed that day, heavy snow fell at United's Old Trafford ground as Sir Bobby Charlton, 80, and Harry Gregg, 85, - players who both survived the crash - joined the club's current first team, manager Jose Mourinho and thousands of fans in a tribute to the victims.

Eight players, three club staff, eight journalists, two crew members and two passengers were killed as United made their way home from a European Cup tie in Belgrade.

The events of February 6, 1958 are woven into the fabric of the club, who recovered to become the first English team to lift the European Cup 10 years later on a deeply emotional night at Wembley.

In sentiments echoed around the world, Charlton added, "The devastating effect still lives on and this great football club, which you are part of, has risen from its darkest hour in a way like no other".

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It is hoped as many as eight of the players who lined up through the schoolboy ranks with him will be there.

The young team, nicknamed the Busby Babes, were on their way back from 3-3 draw away to Red Star Belgrade which was enough to send them into the semi-final of the European Cup.

For many, the 60th anniversary celebrations merely coincided with their annual pilgrimage to the site of the disaster to lay flags, flowers, banners and mementos with messages in remembrance of the Babes at the specially-named Manchesterplatz near the site of the crash.

"I have seen Manchester United through bad times and good times".

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Programme producer Ashley Byrne said: "A lot has been said about the Munich crash over the years but rarely has much been said about how United rebuilt afterwards". I played, and at one point Liam gave me a handsome pass that meant I couldn't miss.

It is one of football's saddest stories, and 60 years on from the disaster United stars past and present paid their respects today. "The passion, determination and courage shown by the club to carry on in those frightful moments have left an indelible mark forever".

But McGuinness, who at the tender age of 31 was handed the unenviable task of managing United after Busby stepped down, says it is a shame that the Busby Babes are lost in time.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, speaking at an event elsewhere in the city, also acknowledged the disaster.

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And on Tuesday the club opened up its stadium to supporters for a gathering in memory of those who died 60 years ago.

Munich air crash haunts former Man Utd player McGuinness, 60 years on