Obscure Historical/Football Reference of The Day

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Last night in The Rovers Grandpa Connor proposed a toast, no matter if you are Red (United) or Blue (City), to ‘Busby’s Babes – fifty years ago tonight. He is referring to the Munich air disaster, when a plane carrying the Manchetster United football team crashed whilst attempting to take off. Eight Manchester United players were among the passengers killed. One of the notable survivors was Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the great English footballers of all time, who went on to lead England to their sole World Cup championship in 1966.

The above picture is from the memorial match betweeen the two Manchester clubs to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster. A stirring tribute to watch. The below picture is the memorial plaque listing the players and staff who were killed in the crash.

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4 Responses to Obscure Historical/Football Reference of The Day

  1. haili says:

    Thanks for the info. I had no idea what he was talking about. I suppose they’d be the same with hockey references.

  2. mayfairgirl says:

    GO BLUE!

  3. kunzie says:

    I wasn’t worried – I knew I just had to check the Smurf News today ;-). Thanks for the info – Mr. Kunzie would have known, but we can’t all be in Cuba this week, can we? Weener.

  4. nwtrunner says:

    I’d heard of the Busby’s Babes before – and knew it was a refrence to UK football – but didn’t know the details. Thanks much for giving us the information. And kudos to Corrie for including a toast in the show.

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