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The Busby Babes

This is the story about how Busby revolutionised a football club and arguably provided a template for Manchester United to grow into the most recognisable sports club in the world.


Post war Britain was a bleak landscape. Devastated by war, the country was in the process of rebuilding its infrastructure and institutions. One symbol of this period was the youthful and energetic Manchester United team being meticulously rebuilt by Matt Busby. Such was the freshness and optimism around this team, they became know as 'The Busby Babes'. However, their progress was dealt a tragic blow during the Munich Air Disaster on February 6th, 1958. The Busby Babes will forever be remembered for their outstanding footballing abilities and, sadly, the tragedy that halted the progress of one of the greatest teams in the post war period.