There was "stars" - yes, but in the nicest possible way. The likes of Wilf McGunness and Sir Bobby Charlton will give their views of the tragedy as part of the programme. Not long before the tragedy, Duncan became engaged to a young lady named Molly Leach. The Priory Primary School and Wolverhampton Street Secondary School pupil became an England schoolboy international in 1950 after outclassing opponents on school pitches across the town, quickly becoming a target for professional clubs. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. It was his pride and joy. A day of football matches will remember the soccer star at Castle High School on Saturday June 7. Across the Universe....from Old Trafford.
It's hard to relate to today, and some of the younger members may find this unusual, but all those boys, men, were just ordinary, every day guys. The wing-half was buried five days later in a funeral which proved to be Dudley's answer to a state occasion as thousands of devastated residents jam-packed the town's streets. Duncan Edwards played for Manchester United and England in the 1950s and is regarded by many as the greatest footballer of all time. I have a few mates in Sale who are a little older than me, but who have related to me tales of how they used to sit with them in the Locarno, and the United lads would have a lemonade on top of the table, but half of mild underneath it! Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services.
I wish i could have seen Dunc play, 21 years old and regarded as possibly the best player who lived. Even at this youthful age, he had a superb physique. http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=pba&page=title&r=R2&title=741991. I can still see him today as he comes bounding out from that old player's tunnel, taking those huge giant leaps into the air, and heading an imaginary ball. Few footballers have a stained glass church window depicting their image, let alone two.
My memories of him never dim. He was the perfect human being, the perfect footballer with the perfect technique, temperament, the one player that I have seen that really did have everything and could play anywhere and still be the most outstanding player on the field. A total of 21 people lost their lives. Duncan left a unique legacy.
In 1955/56, Matt Busby's famous "Babes" team became of age and lifted the Championship with an average age of just 22 years, and by a margin of 11 points. She emigrated to America after he died. He was special alright - in some ways he was a freak, and I say that in the nicest possible way. Due to his unparalleled physique grief-stricken team mates and fans were convinced he would make it through. VR, thank you for posting this. To realise his ultimate ambition, Duncan turned his back on near-by Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was regarded as such a talent that a Manchester United chief scout at the time, assigned to watch young Duncan in action, recommended then manager and future mentor Matt Busby to go to Dudley and watch the boy for himself. He scored one of the most memorable goals ever seen on that famous old ground - a mid air volley from some 20 yards that hit the back of the net before Tommy Younger, the Scottish 'keeper even moved.
The exhibition, Duncan Edwards 50 Years On' runs until May 24 this year ahead of a space dedicated to the soccer superstar which will be opened in May. Controversy reigned over the second goal, and for the second Final in succession, United suffered injury to their goalkeeper. Duncan's on-field adaptability was to Matt Busby's advantage.
"THE only player who made me feel inferior was Duncan Edwards. And a statue standing tall in Dudley town centre proves a constant reminder to the great man. Dudley Museum has also lent two of Duncan's 18 England caps to the Manchester United Football Museum at Old Trafford. Upon his arrival at Old Trafford Duncan was quietly introduced and within weeks it was apparent that here was somebody truly remarkable, with a remarkable talent, and one which hadn't been seen before. Several friends from Old Strets would often watch them, including Alan Smith, to whom the club is grateful for the story behind these tickets. Edwards, Manchester United's star player, was fatally injured in the Munich air disaster. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Sunday mornings would see both he and Molly outside his digs, busily polishing that car!
Have a look at the websites. It is thought if it happened today, Duncan would have survived his injuries.
During his brief yet illustrious career Duncan played 175 times for Manchester United between 1952 and 1958, winning three league championships in five seasons, scoring 21 times and wearing the three lions-clad white England shirt 18 times, finding the back of the international net five times.
'A giant of a player in both ability an stature and undoubtedly destined for great things for both United and England after making his League debut at the age of 16. Great social change was beginning to sweep through Britain, and it was the dawn of probably the fastest living decade of the 20th Century! He had suffered a catalogue of injuries which ravaged his body, including multiple leg fractures and severely damaged kidneys. Duncan's gravestone has become a shrine, a physical outlay for a towns' and nations emotions.
To try and explain I tell them, take a little bit of Bobby Moore, a little bit of Bryan Robson, a little bit of Roy Keane, and a little bit of Patrick Viera - mix them together, and maybe, just maybe, you may just get a little bit of Duncan Edwards. Attended Priory Road Junior School and Wolverhampton Road Secondary Modern, Dudley: Partner: Duncan had announced his engagement to his girlfriend, Molly Leach, days before the tragedy. It was also the season when United sufferd an inglorious exit from the FA Cup, losing 7-2 at home to Sheffield Wednesday in a replayed tie. The Final was a non-entity, and Bolton won by 2-0.
A service will be led by the Rev Geoff Johnston from St Francis Church and Dudley Mayor David Stanley.
These particular tickets were purchased by none other than Duncan Edwards, one of the nation’s brightest and best professional footballers of that era and a true Manchester United legend.
Sadly, he died in the 1958 Munich air disaster when he was only 21 years-old. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here.
Nothing fazed him, the surroundings, his team mates, opposing players - he just had the perfect temperament. Having met a bright 19-year-old Molly Leech, who teased him gently about his accent and his shyness but made him feel completely at ease, all was well in his world. Ican still see him standing there in the middle of the pitch expanding his chest and shouting to his team mates in that thick Black Country accent; 'come on lads, we 'aven't come here for nuffink!'
It's not only individuals who come to stand in silent respect at the grave, but whole parties, as if on a pilgrimage.". Because of his untimely death, Edwards has become a mythical figure of English football, an England captain-in-waiting, sadly destined never to be. Last year, I had occasion to talk to a man who lives in Bristol, and who attended that game. The Manchester Derby takes centre stage at Old Trafford on Sunday February 10 with a minutes silence just one of the sure-to-be poignant marks of respect on the day.
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