Solskjaer remembers the “Busby Babes” on their memorial

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attended the memorial of the 61st anniversary of the “Busby Babes” who tragically lost their lives.

Amongst the biggest tragedies in football history we have the one with the “Busby Babes”, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid his respects to the eight players who lost their lives that day.

It was the first Manchester United golden generation of players that was denied to live their full careers after a tragic plane accident occurred at the Munich Airport in 1958 as their plane was attempting to take off from a slush-covered runway.

Inside that plane was the whole Manchester United football squad that included legendary Sir Bobby Charlton, a forward who was only starting his career and survived the crash that day.

Eight players of the Manchester United squad sadly passed away alongside another 15 people who lost their lives, there were also another 21 passengers on that flight that survived that plane crash.

The players who didn’t make it were Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards (who survived the crash, but died in hospital 15 days later), Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, and Liam “Billy” Whelan.

The club also lost club secretary Walter Crickmer, trainer Tom Curry, and chief coach Bert Whalley.

Legendary manager Sir Matt Busby was among the passengers who also survived the crash, he went on to become one of the greatest managers in football history after taking the surviving Red Devils and many new players to the European Cup championship from the 1967-68 season.

Sir Bobby Charlton was the leader of that squad alongside Irish talent George Best, that success in European football was a tribute to the eight players and rest of passengers who didn’t survive that fatal plane accident.

Perhaps the Red Devils’ tragedy is among the most famous of a long list of squads that suffered the same fate, but there are other teams that people remember with sorrow.

Before Manchester United, there was the Torino squad that suffered the exact same accident but none of the 31 passengers from that accident survived.

This Italian squad was considered one of the best clubs in the European football at that time, which is why they are always remembered alongside the “Busby Babes”.

And finally, the most recent of these tragedies was Brazilian club Chapecoense.

As they were flying to play the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional from Colombia, that flight had 71 fatalities that included 19 of the 22 players from the Brazilian club.

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During the 61st year memorial service for the Manchester United tragedy in which eight if the “Busby Babes” lost their lives, many of the greatest legends from the club’s history attended the ceremony and paid their respects.

Among the people who attended the ceremony was manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who spoke to the press about the importance that has this date for all Manchester United supporters and how it affects everybody.

Even though it has been so much time after the tragedy occurred, people of all ages still pay their respects to this legendary squad that marked an era in English football.

“I think it’s so important because it’s such a big part of our history,” said Ole on Sky Sports.

“That day will be in our memories and our history forever. It’s quite a few years ago now and the new supporters coming through must learn about it and the history of it.”

“My dad was 14 when it happened and he tells me about how he got to know about it back home in Norway, watching it on the black and white TV screens.”

“It’s a sad day in our history, but it’s a day that we’ll always remember.”

What message would you like to leave the “Busby Babes” survivors who lived this tragedy? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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