Duncan Edwards was born on this day who later died in 1958 at Munich’s Rechts der Isar hospital. He was just 21 years old.
He died in hospital from injuries he sustained 15 days earlier in the Munich air disaster. He never realised his full potential and very sadly today, in the history of Manchester United football club, he will be remembered first and foremost as one of the Busby Babes who was indeed, just a babe and taken far to soon.
I shall leave you with those quotes and nothing less than Rest in Peace Duncan Edwards, 1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958. If God had His reasons, I know not what they were for taking you so young.
”Have today seen a 12-year-old schoolboy who merits special watching. His name is Duncan Edwards, of Dudley.” A handwritten letter from United’s chief scout in the Midlands, Jack O’Brien.
“The name of Duncan Edwards was on the lips of everyone who saw this match; he was phenomenal. There have been few individual performances to match what he produced that day. Duncan tackled like a lion, attacked at every opportunity and topped it off with that cracker of a goal. He was still only 19, but was already a world-class player.”-Billy Wright.
“The bigger the occasion the better he liked it.”- Sir Matt Busby
“He was more than a great player – sometimes he seemed like some bright light in the sky. He was a giant, and even today his loss is the hardest thing to bear.”- Sir Bobby Charlton
“Duncan Edwards is the one person who, even today, I really felt inferior to. I’ve never know anybody so gifted and strong and powerful with the presence that he had.”- Sir Bobby Charlton
“When I used to hear Muhammed Ali proclaim to the world he was the greatest I used to smile. You see, the greatest of them all was an English footballer named Duncan Edwards.”- Jimmy Murphy
“When he first came to Old Trafford I tried to find fault with Duncan, but I couldn’t find one. He was never really a boy, in football terms. He was always a man.”- Sir Matt Busby
”You can keep all your Bests, Peles and Maradonas, Duncan Edwards was the greatest of them all.”- Tommy Docherty
“He was the greatest player I ever seen.” - Terry Venables
“We definitely did lose one of the all-time greats.” - Wilf McGuinness