Category February

The aftermath of the past is recalled in a challenge of the present.

The Munich crash had claimed the lives of eight United players – and two more were maimed so badly that they never played again.  Matt Busby – the team’s master and leader – was hovering between life and death in a German hospital so Jimmy Murphy, his assistant manager, took control.   He needed to find […]

A Valentine story in a foreign land in days gone by – and days today

Valentine’s Day is today and I have been thinking over the days what I should being thinking today.   I’ve been thinking of something different for this day and have found something of a different and I’ve come across the cutting from the ‘Mainichi Daily News’.  On a page I found a story that may […]

The KING came to the HALL of KINGS; they mourned a Father; a Son and a Husband

  The Daily Mail newspaper of Tuesday 12th February 1952 was a 6 page paper; each page 16 inches wide and 22 inches deep with four & a half paged dedicated to the King’s death – so I have selected a very small extract of its story so I’ll start with the front page headline:  ALL-NIGHT […]

The details are falling into place

The Daily Mail of Friday 8th February 1952 reported that the now Queen Elizabeth II returned to Clarence House at 17.10 yesterday, Thursday 7th February, and immediately approved arrangements for the King’s funeral.  Just over two hours later the following was issued by the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk: ‘The Earl Marshal announces that […]

The King is Dead – God Save the Queen.

The Daily Mail newspaper on Thursday 7th February 1952 – as with all British newspapers – reported that King George VI had died peacefully in his sleep at Sandringham House. The official announcement from Sandringham, given at 10.45 GMT, said the King retired in his usual health, but passed away in his sleep and was […]

Manchester United – Munich – and me

It was on Monday 6th February 1958 that the Munich air disaster occurred when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Rien Airport, West Germany. On that plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed the “Busby Babes”, along with supporters and journalists. Twenty […]