February 6th is a dark day for Manchester United fans worldwide every year. It marks the tragic anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster where The Busby Babes dream came to an end.The Flowers of ManchesterOne cold and bitter Thursday in Munich, Germany,Eight great football stalwarts conceded victory,Eight men will never play again who met destruction there,The flowers of English football, the flowers of ManchesterMatt 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 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 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 his teamThree long months passed by before he saw his team 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 will 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.Remembering those who died; Roger Bryne, Mark Jones, Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor, Eddie Colman, Liam Whelan, David Pegg, Geoff Bent, Walter Crickmer, Bert Whalley, Tom Curry, Alf Clarke, Don Davies, George Follows, Tom Jackson, Archie Ledbrooke, Henry Rose, Eric Thompson, Frank Swift, Capt Kenneth Rayment, Bela Miklos, Willie Satinoff, Tom Cable.
Along with the names above, we would like to pay our respects also to the survivors of that tragic day who have since joined the Busby Babes in the sky.
United’s flag is deepest red,It shrouded all our Munich dead,Before their limbs grew stiff and cold,Their heart’s blood dyed it’s ev’ry fold.WE’LL NEVER DIE
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