Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: THE BUSBY BABES WHO DIED

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: THE BUSBY BABES WHO DIED

Article excerpt

EIGHT players died as a result of the Munich air disaster on February 6, 1958, as did 15 club officials and journalists. These are the players who died:

GEOFF BENT

Largely a reserve player, who was kept out of the side by first John Aston and then Roger Byrne. The Salford-born fullback made only 12 First Division appearances for United. He was on the trip to Munich only because Byrne was carrying a slight injury. He died aged 25.

ROGER BYRNE

The full-back was born in Manchester and was the captain. In total he made 245 appearances, scoring 17 goals, and died aged 28.

EDDIE COLMAN

Salford-born Colman was the youngest player to die in the tragedy, aged 21. He made 85 appearances, scoring once from right half.

DUNCAN EDWARDS

Many who saw him play swear he would have gone on to be the finest footballer ever seen. Midlander Edwards made his United debut as a 16-year-old in the 1951-52 season, becoming the youngest player to appear in a Football League game at the time. …

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