This is the Manchester United team that took to the field against Red Star Belgrade on 5th February 1958. It was the second leg of the European Cup, three weeks earlier United had beaten Red Star 2- 1 at Old Trafford. By half time at Stadion JNA a crowd of 55,000 had been silenced as a goal from Dennis Viollet and two from Bobby Charlton had United a three goal lead. Red Star rallied after the break and the game ended in a 3 – 3 draw which was enough to take United to the semi-final 5 – 4 on aggregate. The following day 5 members of the team that played in Belgrade would lose their lives in the Munich Air Disaster, alongside 3 other United players and 15 other passengers.
1. Bill Foulkes: English defender. He played his entire career with Manchester United. Three months after the Munich disaster, he led out a patched up United in the FA Cup Final. After winning 4 First Division Championships and 1 FA Cup, he scored the all important equalising goal to make it 3 - 3 against Real Madrid in Spain, helping United to reach the 1958 European Cup Final.
2. Harry Gregg MBE: Northern Irish goalkeeper who joined Manchester United in 1957 for a then record breakimg fee of £23,000. He is known as the "Hero of Munich" for not only pulling his manager and some team mates from the burning plane at Munich, but also a pregnant woman and her young daughter.
3. Roger Byrne: English full-back and captain of Manchester United. He had previously been fielded at wing-half and outside left and it was testament to his versatility that, despite being naturally right sided, he was a success in a variety of positions. One of eight United players to lose their lives as a result of the Munich air disaster.
4. Eddie Colman: English wing-half. In his time at United, he was nicknamed "Snakehips" for his trademark body swerve. Aged 21 years and 3 months, he was the youngest person to die in the Munich air disaster.
5. Mark Jones: Yorkshire born Jones was the first choice centre-half for much of the 1950's and collected two League Championships winner's medals. Many believed that if he had not died in the Munich air disaster he would certainly have played for England.
6. Duncan Edwards: Signed for Manchester United as a teenager, he went on to become the youngest player to play in the First Division and the youngest Eengland player since the Second World War. He died from his injuries 15 days after the crash at the age of 22. Regarded by Sir Bobby Charlton as the "most complete" footballer of all time.
7. Kenny Morgans: Welsh outside-right. He suffered minor injuries in the Munich air disaster, when still only 18 years old. He was the youngest player involved in the crash. Although he was back in the United team before the end of the 1957 - 58 season, he neverrecaptured his form and was transferred to Swansea Town in 1961.
8. Sir Bobby Charlton CBE: 20 year old at the time of the aircrash, he went on to be one of United's greatest players. He won 3 First Division Championships and 1 FA Cup with the club, as well as captaining them to their first European Cup victory, scoring two goals in the final. Other honours include: FWA Footballer of the Year 1965 - 68, European Footballer of the Year 1966 and of course a World Cup winner with England the same year.
9. Tommy Taylor: England international centre-forward who was known for his aerial ability. Signed fromBarnsley in 1953 for a fee of £29,999 as Busby didnt want to "burden the young man with being a £30,000 player". Scored twice on his debut for United and led the line to 2 successive First Division Championships in 1955 - 57.
10. Dennis Viollet: English striker. He was a survivor of the Munich air disaster. He is generally considered as one of the most underrated strikers of all time. He formed a devastating partnership with Tommy Taylor in the 2 Championship winning sides of 1955 - 57. At the age of 28 he was sold to Stoke in January 1962 by Matt Busby, having scored 179 goals in 293 appearances for United.
11. Albert Scanlon: English outside-left. He made a full recovery from the injuries he sustained in the Munich air disaster and was back in action at the start of the following season, going on to appear in every game, scoring 16 goals in the process.
12. Sir Matt Busby KCSG, CBE: After a successful pre-war playing career, winning the FA Cup at Manchester City and later playing for Liverpool, he was made United's manager. After recruiting Jimmy Murphy as his assistant manager in 1945, the pair built their first great side captained by Johnny Carey. He was so badly injured in the Munich air disaster he twice received the last rites. After recovering, again with Murphy at his side, he rebuilt the team and 10 years later they eventually won the European Cup in 1968.
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