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Monday, February 6, 2017

Manchester United hold memorial service at Old Trafford 59 years on from Munich air disaster

Manchester United fans attend a memorial event to mark the anniversary of the Munich Air Crash

Manchester United held a special service outside Old Trafford on Monday to remember the victims of the 1958 Munich Air Disaster.
Fifty-nine years ago, on February 6, eight Manchester United players were among 23 people who died when a plane carrying the squad crashed on an icy runway when attempting to take off.In tribute to those who were lost, the club hosted a gathering of fans from 2:45pm on Monday, where several poems were recited.
A minute's silence was held at 3:04pm, the time when the crash took place on the third attempt of a British European Airways flight to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Reim Airport.

There were also readings by the club's chaplain as well as renditions of The Pride of Football and The Flowers of Manchester.
Manchester United fans attend a memorial event to mark the anniversary of the Munich Air Crash
Manchester United fans attend a memorial event to mark the anniversary of the Munich Air Crash

A ceremony is also due to take place on Saturday, February 11th ahead of United's Premier League match with Watford - with fans able to gather at the South East corner of the stadium in the hours before the game to mark their respects.

The Manchester United players who died in the crash
Rescue workers pictured in a snowstorm at the wreckage of the B,E,A, Elizabethan airliner G-ALZU "Lord Burghley" after the crash at Munich in which 23 people died, 8 being Manchester United footballers
  1. Roger Byrne (28)
  2. Eddie Colman (31)
  3. David Pegg (22)
  4. Mark Jones (24)
  5. Tommy Taylor (26)
  6. Duncan Edwards (21)
  7. Geoff Brent (25)
  8. Bill Whealan (22)

Rooney leads tributes on social media

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