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Jackie Blanchflower

Jackie Blanchflower

Clubs played for: Manchester United (1950-1959).





Biography: Adaptable player who was equally at home in defence or attack, and even pulled on the goalie's jersey during the 1957 FA Cup final when Ray Wood had to go off injured. His career was cruelly cut short by the tragic Munich air crash. Although he survived, Jackie was never able to resume playing. An Irish international who had appeared for his country alongside his brother Danny, the legendary Spurs captain. Career was cut short having suffered a fractured pelvis in the Munich air disaster. He then ran a paper and sweet shop, worked for a bookmaker, became a pub landlord and went into the print trade. He then studied to be an accountant and kept the books for the Greater Manchester Youth Association. Lived in Stalybridge near Manchester, was a regular on the after dinner circuit until just before his death from cancer in September 1998, aged 65.

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