Manchester City made the trip to Munich last night in their first big away European night and delegates from the team made sure to commemorate those who lost their lives by laying a wreath down at the Manchesterplatz in Munich in remembrance of the brilliant bunch of babes, journalists and coaching staff alike who all tragically lost their lives in the Munich Air Disaster. Led by life President Bernard Halford, assistant manager Brian Kidd and ex-captain Tony Brook, the congregation paid a sombre tribute that was well received from all those associated with Manchester. SAF thought the gesture was refreshing and highlights an excellent point:
“I think it’s refreshing. We appreciate that from Manchester City and of course one of their former players was killed in the crash. It shows the game is not as bad as we often think. If that’s the case, well done.”
The bitter rivalry of the modern day Manchester fan see’s him or her drawn categorically on either side of the Red or Blue line but this gesture from City delegates is a window to the past. Prior to the rise of United in the 1960s, Manchester was one big footballing family. Fans regularly supported both local teams and the derby carried nothing in comparison to the ferocity with which it is closely associated today. The Munich Air Disaster is a tragic story that any Manchester United fan needs to read up on if they are to truly understand why Manchester United is so United. I wrote my dissertation on the subject and implore you to take 10 minutes out to begin reading up about it here.