The Lost Babes: Manchester United and the Forgotten Victims of Munich

The Lost Babes Manchester United and the Forgotten Victims of Munich A moving story of how a legendary football team was lost to tragedy and how this disaster irrevocably altered the lives of the survivors and the bereaved families and ultimately brought shame on the

  • Title: The Lost Babes: Manchester United and the Forgotten Victims of Munich
  • Author: Jeff Connor
  • ISBN: 9780007208081
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • A moving story of how a legendary football team was lost to tragedy and how this disaster irrevocably altered the lives of the survivors and the bereaved families, and ultimately brought shame on the biggest football club in the world.The Manchester United team Matt Busby had built in the fifties from the club s successful youth policy seemed destined to dominate footbalA moving story of how a legendary football team was lost to tragedy and how this disaster irrevocably altered the lives of the survivors and the bereaved families, and ultimately brought shame on the biggest football club in the world.The Manchester United team Matt Busby had built in the fifties from the club s successful youth policy seemed destined to dominate football for many years Such was the power of the Busby Babes that they seemed invincible The average age of the side which won the Championship in 1955 56 was just 22, the youngest ever to achieve such a feat A year later, when they were Champions again, nothing, it seemed, would prevent this gifted young team from reigning for the next decade.But then came 6 February 1958, the day that eight Manchester United players died on a German airfield in the Munich Air Disaster a date to be forever etched in the annals of sporting tragedy.Duncan Edwards, Eddie Colman, Tommy Taylor, Roger Byrne the names were already enshrined in legend before the air crash, but Munich in many ways earned them immortality They have never grown old.Jeff Connor traces the rise of the greatest Manchester United side of all time, alongside a vibrant portrait of England in the 1950s, but he also paints a dark picture of a club that enriched itself on the myth of Munich while neglecting the families of the dead and the surviving players The repercussions and the toll the disaster took on so many linger to the present day.Drawing on extensive interviews with the Munich victims and players of that era, The Lost Babes is the definitive account of British football s golden age, a poignant story of the protracted effects of loss and a remorseless dissection of the how the richest football club in the world turned its back on its own players and their families.

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    1. I wasn't bornbut certainly my bred was well baked in Old Trafford. I just missed the Munich team by only a few years. My earliest memories see a back-peddling team in red, avoiding relegation by the skin of their teeth. 1960-61. The Busby babe ghosts of Gregg,Foulkes,Charlton and Viollet were in my first United team.Jeff Connor's 'The Lost Babes' published 2007 brings back the memories. His treatment of the club's, and the city of Manchester's history is well written. Very many of the locations [...]

    2. The Book you should read if you want to fully understand what happened to the best Manchester United side. A young team that had so much potential, lost in a matter of days.An important read for all football fans and not only United fans.

    3. Connor sets out to honor the Busby Babes; not just those who lost their lives in Munich but also those who lost their careers and those who continued to play.Although this book is filled with quotes from families and Harry Gregg in particular I am somewhat sceptical of accuracy. Connor clearly has a dislike for the modern day club of Manchester United and has lost touch with the average fan (I can inform Connor that over my 17 years of gracing Old Trafford I have sung, alongside my fellow fans, [...]

    4. A thoroughly moving book that is a must read for all sports fans. I cannot believe that a huge club with the resources they have at their disposal have not compensated the victims of this disaster by other than a paltry amount. Thanks to the author for bringing this out into the open, they should be extremely ashamed. A disaster that will forever live in my memory.

    5. the author is a big lier because manchester united are not not the best team ever and manchester united are big loosers and they dont deserve itI didnt like the story at all and i will not ask anyone to read because they are big lers

    6. Very interesting book on the history of Munich and the people involved. A little dry at times as it went through the lives of each person, and I expected more related to how the club did or did not take care of survivors. Overall, I would have given it a 3.5

    7. I got this for my 19th birthday. I can hardly wait to read it but I know it will have to wait till summer (or what a university student calls summer which oddly enough starts in April/May)

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