In memory of Peter Howard who died in hospital
12th Feb.1996 only six days after the 28th anniversary of the Munich air
crash which had claimed the lives of 27 people including eight Manchester
United players and three club officials. Peter Howard was the official
Manchester United Photographer at the the
time and he helped save the lives of many of the United players and of
the Great Sir Matt Busby.
In loving memory all true Reds will say a prayer, whatever their belief is.
Peter Howard Gone
But Not Forgotten.
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 British 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 runway disaster followed close,
There was slush upon the runway and the aircraft never rose,
It ploughed into the marshy ground, it broke, it overturned,
And eight of the team were killed when 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 lost their lives as it ploughed on through the snow.
Big Duncan he went too, with an injury to his frame,
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.
Back to Old Trafford.