Thrilling Story of Flowers of Manchester

Manchester united football team died in a plane crash?!

When it comes to football mainly some popular football clubs and players name came to our mind one of which is Manchester United

  • But do you know about the plane crash held on 6 Feb. 1958?

On 6 February 1958, a British European Airways flight number 609 crashed on attempting to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane, was one of the best Manchester United football teams, along with supporters and journalists, totalling up to 44. 20 of the 44 died right on spot on the aircraft and the other injured, some unconscious, were taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital in Munich where three more died resulting in remaining only 21 survivors.

On that day we lost a young team with full potential, talent with promising future to attain glory.

One of them was a player named Duncan Edwards who was not as well known as Pelle or Maradona, but was regarded as the best player of all time.

Two players Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Matt Busby survived and later on they won the European Cup together and at that time Manchester United team was known as the “Busby Babes” in 1968.

After that Sir Bobby went on to become one of the best midfielders of all time and then made various records for the national team which were only broken by another Manchester United Player Wayne Rooney in the Euro Cup qualifiers. Then, Sir Busby became the most famous manager ever.

In tribute to that, a poem was made named as The Flower of Manchester

One cold and bitter Thursday in Munich, Germany,
Eight great football stalwarts conceded victory,
Eight men who will never play again who met destruction there,
The flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester

Matt Busby’s boys were flying, returning from Belgrade,
This great United family, all masters of their trade,
The Pilot of the aircraft, the skipper Captain Thain,
Three times they tried to take off and twice turned back again.

The third time down the runaway disaster followed close,
There was a slush upon that runaway and the aircraft never rose,
It ploughed into the marshy ground, it broke, it overturned.
And eight of the team were killed as the blazing wreckage burned.

Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor who were capped for England’s side.
And Ireland’s Billy Whelan and England’s Geoff Bent died,
Mark Jones and Eddie Colman, and David Pegg also,
They all lost their lives as it ploughed on through the snow.

Big Duncan he went to, with an injury to his frame,
And Ireland’s brave Jack Blanchflower will never play again,
The great Sir Matt Busby lay there, the father of his team
Three long months passed by before he walked again.

The trainer, coach and secretary, and a member of the crew,
Also eight sporting journalists who with United flew,
and one of them Big Swifty, who we’ll ne’er forget,
the finest English ‘keeper that ever graced the net.

Oh, England’s finest football team its record truly great,
its proud successes mocked by a cruel turn of fate.
Eight men will never play again, who met destruction there,
the flowers of English football, the flowers of Manchester.




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