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The Greatest Football Team Remembered
It was 3.04 a.m. February 6th 1958
50 Years ago today. It still seems like only yesterday
Pause for a while and a tale I'll relate
of a team we, justly, had cause to call great
A long time may elapse ere we see such a team
for Busby had skimmed all the top of the cream.
In England, Europe and yes World football too
these youngsters knew what it was, that they had to do
No bragging or boasting, just get on with the games
and the best of the rest will remember their names.
Remember them well and Honour them true.
Reflect on the glory they brought home to you.
BYRNE, JONES, COLEMAN,TAYLOR, PEGG, WHELAN and BENT
How could they know that their lives had been spent.
CRICKMER, CURRY and WHALLEY the gent
Who'd work night and day a defeat to prevent.
Then alas two weeks after we're sorry to say
we heard DUNCAN EDWARDS had passed away.
Can you forget them? Well brother just try
while you wipe away those tears from your eye.
ALL were taken from us, so long before their prime
Oh what they would have given, if given the time
The good Lord above must have made a decree
I need you in Heaven for all eternity
And somewhere above they watch as we play
for United we were and United we stay
For no matter what the pundits may say
You were the foundation of United today
The World will remember as each of us do
The greatest team ever, was the team that was you.
And somewhere perhaps on the Old Trafford ground
If we listen with care we may hear a strange sound
As up in the clouds with pride you look down
and see our Babes wearing YOUR Triple Crown.

12 years ago
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luacheia
expert

@quark,

What happened with them? Was Enghish team that all died in a aviation disaster?

England is the cradle of the football (soccer)! I never did hear anything about these men, but I am certain that they must have made much for their nation, at a time that to be football player was not synonymous of wealth and yes, of bravery and passion.

12 years ago
onlyme1
guru

@quark

With respect to the Busby Babes. The Heart of all True Football (soccer)! Supporters Remember them well and Honour them all, A Great loss to the Nation.

12 years ago

Not before my time but I was really young like 5 but I remember my dad and granddad talking about

12 years ago
singlew4
pro

A wonderful poem, did you write it? The sort of tribute that speaks to those who know and makes someone like me want to know the details.

12 years ago
singlew4
pro

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/53484.stm


To save anyone else the search, here it is.

12 years ago
quark
guru

@singlew4

Thanks saved me posting it. It's a very good condensed telling of what happened and why it still hurts.

12 years ago
mekon
guru

I am not into football but I was a teenager in 1958 and I well remember that crash. It is up there with the death of JFK, landing on the moon and 9/11 Twin Towers.

12 years ago
quark
guru

@NIP

My sincere apologies I have mistyped the time it was

P.M. not a.m. How could I type such an error?

12 years ago
luacheia
expert

@quark

I just finished of see in the ESPN Brazil, scenes of the team in acting and scenes of a game, two weeks after the crash.
A today interview with a survivor, I think he was the coach that survivor. He has, until today, a terrible feeling of guilt. He said that he always ask to God why he survived and not the others.
It also did show a very beautiful religious ceremony that did happen today in a square with more than a thousand persons.
It is remarkable, how until today, fifty years after, the tragedy is remembered!

12 years ago
nakara11
expert

Wow..what an incredible story. thanks quark.
I am a youngin' never knew this happened?..
Thanks for sharing the poem too!

12 years ago
onlyme1
guru

@quark

With respect, as a Spurs Supporter I like the old Avatar. I was 4 years old when it happend, My brother was 8 he changed to Man U from that day. All great players very sad Loss to the Nation. A wonderful poem.

AHF Friend

12 years ago
angker
guru

The Busby Babes...We will always remember you guys...Salute!!

12 years ago
thetrekhippy
Moderator

Thanks Quark, this is real nice! I myself have not been very interested in sports, but I do appreciate the hard work the team members go to in order to entertain the fans, and I appreciate you posting this here for all of us to remember them and pass it on.

12 years ago
quark
guru

Not forgotten.

11 years ago
quark
guru

Today we should remember the Father of the 'Babes'

Sir Matt Busby was born this day 100 years ago.

I hope he will look down and approve of our new babes tommorow.

11 years ago
applejuice
junior

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10 years ago
applejuice
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10 years ago
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10 years ago
quark
guru

Albert Scanlon winger 35 goals in 127 appearances.

Survivor of the Munich Air Crash has died.

Gone to be with the Busby Babes who went before him. R.I.P.

10 years ago
blkhole
expert

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10 years ago
quark
guru

68 years old today.

Happy Birthday Sir Alex Ferguson.

The best Manager ever in the Premier League.

May you have many more healthy years and use them to stay with United.

10 years ago
quark
guru

52 Years and I still remember you all.

10 years ago
icarus7z7
guru

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10 years ago
quark
guru

The "Theatre of Dreams" is One Hundred Years Old.

With a capacity of 76,000 Old Trafford remains the largest Club Football Stadium in the UK.

10 years ago
quark
guru

Today Sir Alex Ferguson becomes the longest (over 24 years) serving Manager of Manchester United.

Today he eclipses the Legend that is Sir Matt Busby by one day and with doubtless many many more(years I hope) to come.

9 years ago
quark
guru

I still remember 53 years years on. RIP.

9 years ago
quark
guru

Flowers of Manchester
*************************

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

The Busby Babes were flying home returning from Belgrade
This great United family all masters of their trade.
The pilot of the aircraft the skipper Captain Thain
Three times tried to take off and twice turned back again.

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

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

Big Duncan he went too with an injury to his brain
And Ireland's brave Jack Blanchflower will never play again.
The great Matt Busby lay there the father of this team
Three long months passed by before he saw his team again.

The trainer coach and secretary and three members of the crew
Also eight sporting journalists who with United flew
And one of them was Big Swifty who we will ne'er forget
The finest English 'keeper that ever graced a net.

England's finest football team it's record truly great
It's proud success mocked by this cruel turn of fate.
Eight men will never play again who met disaster there
The flowers of English football the Flowers of Manchester.

9 years ago
quark
guru

Johnny 'Jack' Morris a player of the 40&50's team has passed away aged 87. RIP Jack.

9 years ago
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3 weeks ago
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