Monday, 6 February 2017

Date With History: 1958

Manchester United were the first English football club to play in Europe, and by early 1958, the team had reached their second consecutive semi-final in the UEFA European Cup competition.
Returning from an away game with Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia (now Serbia), the
young squad known as the 'Busby Babes' 
were onboard BEA Flight 609 at Munich-Riem Airport in West Germany. Just after 3pm
on Thursday, February 6th, the Airspeed Ambassador aircraft attempted it's third
take-off, but slush now covered the runway.
The plane skidded and lost the adequate
speed to achieve take-off - it ploughed
through fencing, and collided with a house,
before breaking-up and catching fire.
Twenty-three passengers and crew perished, including eight United players -
the club coach, Matt Busby survived with twenty others.
United's depleted team completed that season in ninth place, but still progressed
to the FA Cup and European Cup finals. Busby would eventually build a second generation of 'Babes' and he remained club manager until 1969. 
Manchester United became the first British club to win the European Cup in 1968.

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