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  1. RedDevilEddy
    February 3, 2012

    I loved this Daniele, amazing piece. A joy to read, and when I came to the part about Harry Gregg I felt shivers going down my spine. :) Beautiful!

    I remember when I was a wee little lad myself, growing up I didn’t know about the Busby Babes or Munich. As most kids you watch football for entertainment, because you enjoy it, and that’s why I loved Manchester United from the start. But as soon as I found out about 1958 and got into the history of the club, there really was nowhere else to go. You may enjoy watching the team, but true love and commitement to the club doesn’t really come until you understand what it’s gone through, its achievements. The legends of our past, the present, and of course the future as well. This club is huge, and no matter what people may say, or what may happen in the future, I will always pride myself of being a United fan. As much as this incident was a tragedy, we must never look past at how this shaped Manchester United. Not because people died, but because of people like Harry Gregg who went into to rescue his mates, because of people like Big Duncan who didn’t even consider death as an option but rather asked for when the next game was, because of people like Matt Busby who came back and managed to win the European Cup despite having to fight for his life and experiencing the horror of watching his team, his lads, die in an aircrash.

    Rest in Peace Busby Babes, gone but never forgotten.

    • mic
      February 7, 2014

      great reply. ive never been anything else but proud of my football club and i am privelaged to be a manc and be around so many fans that feel true passion for football and what it means G.G.M.U. R.I.P THE BABES we will always remeber

  2. JonyB
    February 3, 2012

    This is such a well written, poignant and touching article. Really well written and it’s a very great shame about the Babes that we’re taken from us before their time……
    thankyou for sharing this with us all…..
    SHALOM

  3. Jay wire
    February 3, 2012

    Magnificent. Pure. This is one of the most gripping articles I’ve read in a long while. Heart wrenching and inspiring at the same time. This is Manchester United FC. Believe

  4. Opti
    February 3, 2012

    Daniele:
    This is your best work by miles and THE best article on Munich I have ever read. Outstanding job tying in the young fan with your more knowledgable self and explain the tragedy in such a moving, respectful, and inspiring fashion. This article should be one of RedRants.com “Best of…”. Simply glorious!!!

    Ian:
    I gave you crap in the beginning when you took the reigns of the site and while I still miss the lengthy discussion, I would have to lie to state that the site hasn’t improved dramatically — this article, for example, is one of shining lights on here. If only you could somehow bring people to comment more on a regular fashion (especially during game times), this site would be unstoppable (watch out StR!).

    Great job guys!

    • Ian
      February 3, 2012

      Thank you, and I totally agree about the article, I know it’s a cliche but it really did make the hairs stand up. The fact you’ve suggested a best of page has given me an idea though, maybe a Munich tribute page or a best of perhaps, but something for the future and I’ll get an overall opinion. Thanks again mate.

      Thanks has to go to Daniele, when he sent it me I intended to scan over it but I got more and more immersed in it as I read on, it’s isn’t often a Man Utd historian calls it ‘Excellent’ on Twitter.

      • Opti
        February 4, 2012

        @Ian: How hard is it to rely on “votes” for an article and then set up links to Top 10 voted-on articles on RedRants?

        The Munich Tribute page is an honorable idea; however, I think it is far more difficult to maintain a high-quality discourse over such an emotional topic with a multitude of papers. I mean, if one paper is below average, it drags down the whole Tribute page….

      • Ian
        February 4, 2012

        @Opti: Not sure but it’s a great idea, I’ll look into it.

    • RedDevilEddy
      February 3, 2012

      @Opti: Here Here!

  5. Sean McGuire
    February 3, 2012

    Class article mate. This exemplifies how we will keep the memories of the Busby Babes alive by passing on the story to the younger fans, in the hope that they will pass it on themselves one day. Very well written, it relays all the facts of the crash whilst portraying the emotion involved at the same time. This is a great angle on the story too, because it adds that folklore magic to it with the scene of storyteller passing down heroic tales to younger listeners. You have a similar writing style to mine where you want the reader to ‘feel’ the event rather than ‘know’ about it. Hope to read a lot more in the future!

    • Opti
      February 4, 2012

      @Sean McGuire: Not to mention that the pictures are well-thought out and really add emotional content to the article.

  6. Muadh
    February 3, 2012

    This was very enlightening and amazing to read. Thank you for this.

  7. Daniele
    Daniele
    February 3, 2012

    Thanks very much guys. I’m glad you liked the article, I hoped it would be well received but such a good response has left me lost for words.

    Really.

    We’ll never die. MUFC

    • RedDevilEddy
      February 4, 2012

      @Daniele: MUFC – For the love, not the money :-D

      • Stephen
        February 4, 2012

        @RedDevilEddy: Great point Eddy, United is all about trophies not money.

  8. colver
    February 4, 2012

    Yeah very touching. I have always been sad we never produced a side that dominated Europe the way that the Busby babes surely would have in a way that would have made Liverpool’s glory years in the 80s look pedestrian. Not to mention the glory they would have brought the English national team. They really were a unique generation of players.

    But they left an incredible legacy that has made our club almost supernatural in a way that no other club was, is or will ever be.

  9. Grognard
    February 4, 2012

    The term ‘legend’ is used far too liberally these days and all it takes is to remember back to February 6th, 1959 to help us really define the term ‘LEGENHD(S)’ properly. They will always live in the hearts of all United supporter and all true lovers of the game of football who see the sport as a global game of art, culture and brotherhood.

    • Onkar
      February 4, 2012

      @Grognard: Absolutely bro.. This is precisely what I said. Sometimes I wonder why every other player who is just above average is defined as LEGEND. LEGEND in my books ins the one who defines the GAME, CULTURE of the CLUB/COUNTRY, or whoi changes things for GOOD with his stamp on it.. And for me Busby Babes did all that..
      Btw bro… didnt get time to Wel Come you back.. Great to see you back bro.

  10. Onkar
    February 4, 2012

    Hey Daniele, even I am lost for words. I mean, awesome stuff bro.. My eyes were filled with tears by the time I was reaching the end of the story… They were the tears of Sorrow, Tears of Pride, the pride of being teh Man UTD Fan.

    Then I just realised sometimes we use the LEGEND word so much out of habbit. Actually, very few players that we follow nowdays can be called LEGEND. Those wre the LEGENDS who defined the Language of FOOTBALL. They defined the GAME OF FOOTBALL. They were the LEGENDS in a TRUE SENSE.
    Anyway, once again great read bro… I felt that I am living the STORY and the CONVERSATION rather than writing it…. Great Efforts and THanks for everything.

  11. Stephen
    February 4, 2012

    Fantastic read, this is basis of what makes Manchester United.
    Alright Grog?

  12. RedDevilEddy
    February 4, 2012

    I know Twitter is spamming all of you with it, but it’s fucking cold these days! -22 degrees here in Norways, my face hurts when I go outside! Good to have some class Premier League games on the Telly then :-D

    • Opti
      February 4, 2012

      @RedDevilEddy: Sounds awful! The coldest I have ever experienced was -14C and that was a beard-freezer!!!

      -22C sounds awful!! Stay warm!!

      • RedDevilEddy
        February 4, 2012

        @Opti: Really considering growing a beard again, having a clean shaven chin is a nightmare these days! Thankfully it’s christmassy-comfy at home, chillin with a blanket, some chocolatemilk, and some salmon! To be fair, worst thing about the cold is not being able to play football. Seriously missing it! :( Only get to train with weights these days, I get more bulked up but it’s just not the same. Difficult to figure out when the strength gets too great for technique, fucking winter is a nightmare…

      • Daniele
        Daniele
        February 4, 2012

        @RedDevilEddy: just started to snow here in London. If they decide to postpone the Chelsea game I’ll be fucking mental. I had ticket for the december game last year that got postponed, and i can’t even think about the chances of it being postponed again. I’m looking forward to a trip to the Bridge Why is it that these southern twats can’t walk/drive as soon as they see a bit of snow on the ground? ffs!

      • Opti
        February 4, 2012

        @Daniele: Honestly, if it gets postponed, we get our players back (but Chelsea are weak right now) and without Ashley Cole :D

      • RedDevilEddy
        February 4, 2012

        @Daniele: Fucks sake, is postponing the match even being considered? They’ve got heated cables under the pitch right, shouldn’t be a problem! I know Stamford Bridge isn’t the best of grounds, but give me a break! :roll: Pitch should definately handle the snow at this level, and if the issue is about people being cold then fucking give away free blankets.

      • Stephen
        February 5, 2012

        @RedDevilEddy: The issue would be not with pitch,but the surrounding streets.

      • Opti
        February 4, 2012

        @RedDevilEddy: Do you have indoor places to play? In the US there are a billion places that have indoor soccer leagues (at pretty high level).

      • RedDevilEddy
        February 4, 2012

        @Opti: We’ve not got indoor pitches, closest I get to play football inside is when we have Futsal games. Which I’m kinda shite at! :lol: I’m not like the guys you see on FIFA Street, and coming from a rough neighbourhood most fellas out here really know their skills. Not too fun to play then…

        There’s a footy pitch just 200 yards away from my home so I don’t have any issues training. I mean, if it’s -10 I’ve got no problem running about and hitting a few free-kicks, but it’s so fucking cold my face hurts only by walking! Doesn’t even snow either, some ice on the pitch but definately playable

  13. RedDevilEddy
    February 4, 2012

    Just got a Stand Up/Speak Up anti-racism wristband in the mail, ordered it on Ebay for a nice price :) You guys remember it, it was supposed to be a movement which started back in 2005 when United beat Arsenal 4-2 in the epic Highbury encounter when Keano went on a rampage against Vieira in the tunnel. Stand Up, Speak Up. Well done Patrice.

    Fuck of Suarez.
    Fuck of Terry.

    Kick Racism Out Of Football.

  14. Spangle
    February 5, 2012

    If you read Bobby’s book he carries the guilt of surviving Munich with him to this day, and daily asked himself the question “Why not me”, it must have been an awful thing to go through.

    The memory of the Babes must live on, and at last the club are doing something about it, there are at last plans to give Harry Gregg a testimonial, and talks are being held to get a United 11 to play, it’s what the club should be doing without question.

    Your article is brilliant, and I would like with your permission to post it on my blog @ http://www.manutdreds/wordpress

    • Spangle
      February 5, 2012

      @Spangle:
      sorry missed out the .net in the link, it should read http://www.manutdreds.net/wordpress

      • Ian
        February 5, 2012

        Thanks Spangle. I’ll pass this on to the writer, I’m sure he’ll be happy to share it, will let you know asap.

      • Daniele
        Daniele
        February 5, 2012

        @Spangle: If Ian doesn’t have any problems with it, I don’t either. Glad you appreciated the article.

  15. Stephen
    February 5, 2012

    Amos or De Gea is the big decison on the day, this could define the season. Personally I have lost faith in the Spaniard, I am not writing him off, be for me he should go out on loan in the Premiership. We cannot loose many more points this season,he has made too many errors and we are at the business end of the season when every point and goal is important.

  16. Stephen
    February 5, 2012

    John Terry is injured today, er what a suprise……

  17. Keith
    February 5, 2012

    As a long time reader of this site, but not willing to join in the infighting which goes on, I felt I had to comment on how excellent this article is – this is what it means to support a team which has a history and provides us all with a sense of belonging to strong, solid community.

    • Ian
      February 5, 2012

      Thanks Keith, understand your sentiments too, nut in general the atmosphere has improved and the infighting is far less (I’d like to say non-existent but I’d be lying) than it used to be.

      Thanks for the comments though, agreed.

  18. tonymontanna4united
    February 6, 2012

    A truely beautiful piece, i doff my hat to you sir. Lovely tribute to the babes. May they forever rest in peace. Never forgotten.

  19. pjch
    February 6, 2013

    Fantastic article but have to point out that this happened in 1958 and not 1959
    A fabulous team cut short before they had the chance to conquer all

  20. The_Philosopher
    February 6, 2013

    Very well written

  21. RMJ
    February 8, 2013

    RIP

  22. RMJ
    February 8, 2013

    RIP you will never be forgotten

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