Today marks the 56th anniversary of The Munich Air Disaster tragedy which befell Manchester United and saw some of England’s brightest young footballers tragically die before they had a chance to blossom as well as journalists and members of staff. In total, 23 lives were lost on that day in Munich.
It is a sombre day of remembrance not only for United fans but for everybody in England. At the time, it was a disaster that hit at the core of England when tribalism didn’t exist in football and the collective loss was a tragedy that saw the nation mourn as one.
On this day of remembrance, please take some time to read my 13 part series on The Munich Air Disaster to learn a little bit more about the true impact of the tragedy and how it has shaped the United we all know and love today.
Lest we forget.
Part I Introduction to the team
Part II The context of the disaster
Part III Profiles of those players lost in the tragedy
Part IV How did Manchester United cope with the immediate aftermath?
Part V How did others react to the disaster?
Part VI The story of Sir Bobby Charlton and how it changed him
Part VII The story of Duncan Edwards – ‘the gentle giant’
Part VIII What has been written about the disaster and what relevance does it have?
Part IX The impact the disaster had on the communities of Manchester
Part X The impact the disaster had on the communties of Manchester (continued)
Part XI The funerals and how did the disaster change the fan relationship?
Part XII How did the disaster affect how football was seen in society even today?
Part XIII Conclusion – The Munich Disaster