Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Charlton Remembers English Soccer's Greatest Tragedy
The Times Online, December 12th, 2006 4:49PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

It's one of the sporting world's worst tragedies of all time: the crash in 1958 of a plane carrying Manchester Untied players just outside of Munich. The crash claimed the lives of 23 people, some of the country's biggest soccer stars at the time. Man United great Sir Bobby Charlton is one of the few survivors of that crash, and he spoke to the London Times-the first time he's ever spoken publicly on the subject-about the harrowing events of that day in February, almost 50 years ago. Charlton recalls how two botched take-off attempts indicated that something was wrong. The plane barely lifted off the ground and then it crashed into a fence and the plane began to break into pieces. At that moment, Charlton went unconscious. Fifteen minutes later, Charlton came to about 50 yards from the wreckage of the fuselage, after he was dragged to safety by one of his teammates. "And you know, you feel a bit guilty," he said of surviving. "I do feel guilty, even now, even as I say this. We were all such friends . . . I couldn't understand how I could have been 50 yards away from the aeroplane, still strapped in my seat, without suffering anything but a bang on my head. How could that be? How could I feel myself all over and find out that I was all right, completely whole, and my pals were dead? . . . I think about this every day of my life." Matt Busby, the team's manager, was huddled over moaning and clutching his chest. Others had become mutilated bodies lying in the snow. "I looked round and saw injuries I will never describe," he said. Charlton was just 20 years old at the time. "It was one of the greatest tragedies in sport simply because this great team was on the threshold of being the best," he said. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Legia Loses CAS Appeal     
Legia Warsaw has said it will sack the administrator blamed for the clerical error that resulted ...
Report: BVB's Sponsors to Buy Stakes     
Borussia Dortmund on Thursday announced that the club would issue up to 24.5 million shares in ...
Simeone: Atletico Can't Compete with Real, Barca    
In an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Atltico Madrid coach Diego Simeone emphasized that despite ...
Dzeko Signs Four-Year Man City Contract     
Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko on Thursday signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier ...
FA Investigates Mackay, Moody     
Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody resigned on Thursday as the English FA opened an investigation ...
Poyet: 'I've Never Seen Jozy as Happy as Now'    
Gus Poyet, speaking ahead of Sunderland's home clash against Manchester United this weekend, says that USA ...
Ronaldo Fit for Super Cup; Di Maria, Khedira Futures Uncertain    
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Thursday confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is fit enough to start ...
Balotelli to Join Liverpool     
AC Milan on Thursday confirmed that striker Mario Balotelli has said goodbye to the club's teammates ...
Report: Mackay Out of Palace Running    
Malky Mackay, who was considered a shoo-in for the vacant Crystal Palace job, is no longer ...
UEFA Investigates Tavecchio Comments    
Italian soccer federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio is being investigated by UEFA over an alleged racist ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives