Manchester United, nicknamed the Busby Babes, had landed in Munich to take on fuel before starting the final leg of their journey back to Manchester. They were returning from a European Cup tie at Red Star Belgrade.
A service marking 60 years since the Munich air crash which killed 23 people, including 8 Manchester United players, has taken place. Former Manchester United players Sir Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg, who both survived the crash, were at the service, as was former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Current manager Jose Mourinho and captain Michael Carrick laid wreaths.
Around 4,500 people were present for the afternoon’s 40-minute service, which poignantly took place amid a light snow fall.
Duncan Edwards, who was tipped to become one of United and England’s greatest ever players, and captain Roger Byrne were among the players killed.
In the cold snow of Munich, they laid down their lives. But they live on forever in our hearts and our minds. So come all supporters and hold your heads high. For Manchester United will never die.
Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Coleman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, Liam (Billy) Whelan.