Updated: 06-12-43Discovered in Dublin by United scout Bob Harpur, his debut against Everton in August 1960 ended in a 4-0 defeat, the reverse fixture a week later saw him score in a 4-0 victory. Often compared to Duncan Edwards, which probably did him no favours, he spent five years on United's books before moving to Huddersfield for £8,000 in 1964. Had various jobs before becoming manager of Sale Sports Centre, just a few minutes walk from his home.
Updated: 30-11-43Worked as a printer before deciding to pursue a footballing career. Was player/manager at Barnsley, before joining his old United pal, Bryan Robson, at Middlesbrough FC, as his assistant (1994 -2001). awarded the MBE by the Queen for services to football in the Millennium honours list. Currently a patron for the Youth Against Racism and has regularly been involved in charitable events throughout his career.
Updated: 30-11-43A one club man who joined United, initially as an amateur player in 1937. He finally left the club in 1972 by which time he had become the club's Chief Scout. Father of John Jnr, the former inside forward won 17 England caps from his adopted role in defence. He helped lift the FA Cup in 1948 and won himself a League Championship medal in 1952. Forced to retire from playing due to ill health in 1955, John continued to work behind the scenes. From 1956 until his final departure in 1972 he held a number of posts in the Old Trafford back room set up, including junior coach and then chief scout to Wilf McGuiness. After leaving the club he briefly scouted for Luton Town and Birmingham City before going to work with his son in the family pet food business. Died in July 200, aged 81.
Updated: 30-11-43A flying winger who provided crosses for many of the greats. Had the game of his life in the 1968 European Cup Final victory over Benfica at Wembley, he won a League Championship winner's medal in 1966-1967. A broken leg at the start of 1968- 1969 season against Manchester City at Maine Road signalled the beginning of the end of his career at the club but it wasn't until 1972 that he was sold to Luton Town for £30,000. Later played for Mansfield Town and Blackburn Rovers. His father, John Ashton (Snr), also played for United. Retired from football in 1981. Set up his own pet shop, Pet World, in Stalybridge.
Updated: 30-11-43Paid his own air fare from South Africa to Manchester for a trial but quickly established himself as a top quality goalkeeper following the retirement of Alex Stepney. Appeared in a Wembley Cup Final at the end of his first season which ended in a defeat to Arsenal, he went onto pick up two winner's medals in 1983 and 1985. He earned the nickname of Dracula because of his fear of crosses. A serious knee injury picked up on international duty ended his career when he was at his peak, and his contract was cancelled in September 1987. Born in Ipswich, son of Roy (Crystal Palace and Ipswich), Gary, an England International goalkeeper, has spent much of his life in Johannesburg where he settled and became an anchorman on South African television channel Supersport. After starting his media career in radio, he was an ambassador for South Africa's bid to host the 2010 World Cup.
Updated: 30-11-43Northern Ireland international wing half, joined United for ’£3,500 in January 1937 but he took his time settling into a struggling team and they were relegated. The following season, he found his feet scoring 15 times in the League and FA Cup, helping them to secure promotion as runners up to Aston Villa but was sold to Huddersfield just before World War Two. He became a team coach with Ipswich Town before returning to Belfast, where he died in 1973, aged 60.
Updated: 30-11-43The understudy to United skipper Roger Byrne so therefore found his chances limited, he was cool, calm and composed whenever he was called upon, and was never on the losing team when he played. Tragically killed in the Munich air disaster and is buried in St John's Churchyard in Pendlebury. He was included in the United party travelling to Belgrade, after Byrne sustained a minor knock in the Babes' last League game together against Arsenal.
Updated: 30-11-43Byrne joined United at the age of 20, went on to captain the 'Busby Babes' and to win 33 England caps, before he and his team mates were struck down in the Munich air disaster of 1958. He had already won three League titles and at 28, he had the best years of his career ahead of him but is still remembered today as one of United's greatest ever captains because of his ability to inspire and lead his players. Amazingly, during his national service in the RAF, he wasn't considered to be good enough to play for the football team and ended up playing rugby. Roger's funeral was held in Flixton parish church and his body was cremated.
Updated: 30-11-43Adaptable 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.
Updated: 30-11-43An all round sportsman who excelled at rugby (his grandfather had been an England Rugby League international) and represented his home county, Cheshire as a golfer. However it is as an uncompromising defender that he will be long remembered. Born in St. Helens, Billy signed professional terms at Old Trafford in 1951 to start a playing career with the club that was to last for almost two decades. His record is one of extremes. At 22 he was selected to play for England although still only a part- time player because he had retained his job working in the mines. Then fourteen years later he was still going strong at the age of 36 and was a member of the 1968 European Cup winning side. Although he never managed to add to his one full international cap, life was not without incident. A survivor of the horror of Munich, he broke the club's appearance record, won four championship medals and was part of the team that won the FA Cup in 1962- 1963. After retiring, he stayed on at Old Trafford for five years as a youth coach, then set off working with two clubs in America, four in Norway and then Mazda of Japan. He was forced to sell his collection of medals in 1992 for £37,000. He was coaching for the Manchester FA after returning home and gave tours of Old Trafford to Japanese tourists because he could speak the language after his time coaching in the country. Sadly, was forced to sell his collection of medals accrued during his very successful career with Manchester United, they raised ?37,000 at Christies in October 1992. His last managerial post was over in Japan, in charge of the Mazda Club.