Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city #2020

Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city By David Hall Manchester s Finest How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city On February British European Airways flight crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runaway in Munich On board were the Manchester United football team returnin
  • Title: Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city
  • Author: David Hall
  • ISBN: 9780593059227
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city By David Hall On 6 February 1958, British European Airways flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runaway 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 four passengers and crew aboard died NewsOn 6 February 1958, British European Airways flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runaway 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 four passengers and crew aboard died News of the disaster sent shockwaves around the world For people who lived in Manchester at the 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 the terrible news.Manchester United, nicknamed the Busby 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 Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, 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 tells of this terrible air crash, but it is also the story of the immediate aftermath of the disaster and the effect on the city of Manchester It paints a vivid picture of Manchester at that time, from February 1958 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 about the place of a football team in the heart of a city.
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      An awkward interview So here s your opportunity to promote yourself Go sell yourself to the readers UmmI m not good at that chest pumping stuff I m British Okay Well, you don t have to chest pump , just tell us a little about yourself Who is David Hall He s British Yesss, you ve mentioned that Anything else Such as Well, like where do you live In Britain Hmm, you re not really helping the reader to get a sense of you as an author Tell us about the types of stories that you like to write Oh that s easy Anything well, almost anything Nothing gory, I don t have the stomach for it Right But you must have a preference for a genre Oh you mean like ticky boxes I see then in that case, I like to write romantic comedy suspense stories Short stories Yes, definitely romantic comedy suspense short stories Okay, now we re getting somewhere So that latest book of yoursrwhat s it called again Love Line Love Line Of course Why should readers buy Love Line What are they missing out on They are missing out on a romantic comedy suspense story Sorry, short story Right But isn t it a bit odd a man writing in the romantic genre No stranger than you asking that question in 2015 Alrighty then, is that the time We really need to wrap this up Anything else you want to say to your readers Yes Love Line will make you laugh, probably reach for a glass of wine, and give you goose bumps with a delightful twist I am not responsible for you spilling your wine at that time Thank you There, that wasn t too bad Hmmm.

    669 thoughts on “Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city”

    1. Having read a few books on the Munich crash, I can say that Manchester s Finest is the most moving The author was a young boy at the time and takes you deep inside his world, 1950s Manchester This is the only book I ve read that describes the devastating impact that the crash had on the residents of the town, and how deeply that particular team was woven into the psyche of Manchester You see the Babes as the author viewed them gods on the pitch ,but at the same time young boys, a product of thei [...]


    2. Of all the books that I have read concerning the 1958 Munich disaster, David Hall s book is the most intimate account Manchester s Finest provides a young supporters view of the exploits of the 1956 58 United team and tells how the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city.I found this 2008 publication to be the most personal memoir, with detail of everyday life in the 1950 s that brought back many memories for me I also recall many of the places in Manchester that the author describes [...]


    3. Being a Manchester United fan, the stories and legacy of the Munich air disaster are never far away This book brings a different view Much has been written from the view of the club, or from the media This book is different, showing the view of crash through the eyes of the supporters Specifically, it focusses on a young Manchester United supporter living in 50 s Manchester who has to come to terms with the loss of his team Although I m too young to know Manchester in the 50 s, the book does a w [...]


    4. I work in Mather Platt Pumps Ltd a pump manufacturing company in Pune, India The company was formulated in the late 1850s in the Newton Heath area of the City of Manchester, the same place where Manchester United also started the thing that was unknown to me before reading this book, was that a head teacher of Mather Platt apperentice school, Mr Donny Davies, also a football writer for Manchester Guardian was one of the victims of the ill fated 1858 Air Crash along with the Man Utd legends.One o [...]


    5. Bit plodding at times but really good insight into life as a child in late fifties Manchester and the impact the crash had Oh also provides an insight into why it s still worth taking the time to really hate Bolton even if they are a bit small and insignificant.



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