The Lost Babes: Manchester United and the Forgotten Victims of Munich (Paperback)
  • The Lost Babes: Manchester United and the Forgotten Victims of Munich (Paperback)
zoom

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

(author)
£11.99
Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 26/02/2010
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket

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 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.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007208081
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 243 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`A thorough, and thoroughly moving, piece of work' Daily Telegraph

`Highly recommended' When Saturday Comes

'Covering a lot of ground, this splendid book provides a fascinating insight into many of those affected by the tragedy' Winger

'Jeff Connor has written a deeply moving account of what happened...Connor's well-researched account is a powerful, enthralling and poignant addition to the growing literature on British soccer.' BBC History Magazine

`A fascinating memoir' The Times

You may also be interested in...

Angels With Dirty Faces
Added to basket
Messi
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Bromley Boys
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Running with the Firm
Added to basket
Pele: The Autobiography
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Be Careful What You Wish For
Added to basket
Back from the Brink
Added to basket
Immortal
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Class of 92
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Trautmann's Journey
Added to basket
How Not to Be a Professional Footballer
Added to basket
Fever Pitch
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
I'm Not Really Here
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Red: My Autobiography
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.