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Thursday, February 07, 2008

United remember fallen heroes

The Munich air disaster survivors joined other members of the Manchester United family on Wednesday to mark the tragedy's 50th anniversary.Sir Bobby Charlton, Bill Foulkes, Harry Gregg, Kenny Morgans and Albert Scanlon joined the families of 19 of the 23 passengers who died as a result of the injuries they suffered when BEA Flight 609 ZU crashed on take-off on February 6, 1958.

On an emotional afternoon at Old Trafford's Manchester Suite, they sat alongside hundreds of invited guests with thousands more gathered outside to mark the occasion, while a ceremony took place in Munich at the same time.
It was an afternoon for sadness, but also reflection on the impact the Busby Babes, winners of five FA Youth Cups, had made on British and European football and perhaps that which they might have gone on to have.