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    Anonymous
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    R.I.P.

    One cold and bitter Thursday
    in Munich, Germany
    Eight great football stalwarts
    conceded victory
    Eight men will never play again
    who met destruction there
    The flowers of English football
    the flowers of Manchester
    Matt Busby’s boys were flying
    returning from Belgrade
    This great United family
    all masters of their trade
    The pilot of the aircraft
    the skipper Captain Thain
    Three times they tried to take off
    and twice turned back again
    The third time down the runaway
    disaster followed close
    There was slush upon that runaway
    and the aircraft never rose
    It ploughed into the marshy ground
    it broke, it overturned
    And eight of the team were killed
    as the blazing wreckage burned
    Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor
    who were capped for England’s side
    And Ireland’s Billy Whelan
    and England’s Geoff Bent died
    Mark Jones and Eddie Colman
    and David Pegg also
    They all lost their lives
    as it ploughed on through the snow
    Big Duncan he went too
    with an injury to his brain
    And Ireland’s brave Jack Blanchflower
    will never play again
    The great Matt Busby lay there
    the father of his team
    Three long months passed by
    before he saw his team again
    The trainer, coach and secretary
    and a member of the crew
    Also eight sporting journalists
    who with United flew
    and one of them Big Swifty
    who we will ne’er forget
    the finest English ‘keeper
    that ever graced the net
    Oh, England’s finest football team
    its record truly great
    its proud successes mocked
    by a cruel turn of fate
    Eight men will never play again
    who met destruction there
    The flowers of English football
    the flowers of Manchester

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    #14909
    paul powers tash
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    RIP all

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    #14922
    nine nine nine
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    Terrible terrible day for Manchester United and the whole of football.

    RIP all those who died and have died subsequently and my thoughts go out to all of the families and those who have had to live with this tragedy for the whole of their lives like Bobby Charlton and Harry Gregg.

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    #14961
    gjblues
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    Even as a City fan and born a number of years after the tragedy, that song, ‘Flowers of Manchester’ brings a tear to my eye.
    I listened to the radio documentary on R5 Live last night – a very poignant compilation of recollections from people in the aftermath.
    RIP to all that lost their lives that fateful day.

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    #15021
    Brian blue
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    The feeling in Manchester was that of total shock. I remember it well and City fans had genuinne grief, not just for Utd players but for “Swifty” and Matt both former City captains. I wish we could have kept that comaradere going instead of the tribal nonsense

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