Harry Gregg: 'This could be my last Munich air disaster commemoration'

Harry Gregg: 'This could be my last Munich air disaster commemoration'

United players Roger Byrne, Geoff Bent, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor died in the accident, as well as three members of club staff.

John Valentine, who sells scarves outside Old Trafford, said the Munich crash is "ingrained in the history of this club".

The club held a minute's silence for the "Flowers of Manchester" before Saturday's 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford, and a commemorative service is being held at the stadium on Tuesday.

In a letter recently penned to Manchester United's current crop of players ahead of a tribute to those who died in the Munich air disaster, Sir Bobby Charlton wrote: "Words can not describe the devastating effect that this had on the football club and the lives of those affected".

Snow fell as Charlton, Gregg, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ed Woodward and Mike Edelson joined José Mourinho and his squad to pay tribute to those who perished in the crash, which occurred on a wintery afternoon at Munich-Riem airport.

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"The victims will never be forgotten, they will always be remembered and will be a part of United's history forever".

Other guests included Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino; Mike Summerbee, representing Manchester City; and Kenny Dalglish, representing Liverpool.

The tragedy in Munich is ingrained into the heart and soul of Manchester United.

"I'm sure the whole public in Manchester felt that way, and Matt Busby carried great resonance for the people in Scotland, so it was keenly felt up there, too", Feguson told the Daily Star.

The team had been about to embark on the second leg of their return journey from a European Cup quarter-final 2nd leg versus Red Star in Belgrade, Serbia, where they had advanced on aggregate to the next round.

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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 paid tribute to those killed and injured at Munich during a speech in Manchester on Tuesday.

The legacy of the Babes has endured down the years at United, with the club committed to giving youngsters a chance.

"Today marks an important and sombre anniversary in the history of this great city", she said.

Just 22, the devout Dubliner lost his life 60 years ago when flight BEA608 skidded off the end of the icy Munich runway and smashed into a fence.

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