Manchester's Finest

Manchester's Finest

Talking Book MP3 - 2010
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On 6 February 1958 British European Airways' flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runway in Munich. On board were the Manchester United football team, returning from their 3-3 draw against Red Star Belgrade, as well as a number of journalists and other passengers. Twenty-three of the forty-three passengers and crew aboard died in the crash. News of the disaster sent shockwaves around the world. For people who lived in Manchester at that time and for football fans throughout Britain it was one of those moments, like Kennedy's assassination, when everybody remembers exactly where they were and how they heard that terrible news. Manchester United, nicknamed Busby's Babes after their manager, Matt Busby, who had created the world-beating side, were the leading team of the day. Seven of their players were killed instantly in the crash - Roger Byrne, Geoff Bent, Eddie Colman, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan. Three weeks later Duncan Edwards, one of the most promising players ever to come out of England, lost his battle for life. Two other players, Jackie Blanchflower and Johnny Berry, were so severely injured that they were never able to play again. Manchester's finest is about the terrible air crash, but it is also the story of the immediate aftermath of the crash and its effect on the city of Manchester. It is about what it was like in Manchester at that time, from February to the end of the season in May when a patched-up team, carried along on a great wave of emotion, reached the FA Cup Final. It is about the fans, the people of Manchester and their lives, and about the place of a football team in the heart of a city.
Publisher: Long Preston : Magna Story Sound, c2010.
Branch Call Number: 796.334 HAL
Characteristics: 1 disc (ca. 635 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Keeble, Jonathan


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