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Manchester's Finest: How the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city

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On 6 February 1958, British European Airways flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runaway in Munich. On board were the Manchester United football team, returning from their 3-3 draw against Red Star Belgrade, as well as a number of journalists and other passengers. Twenty-three of the forty-four passengers and crew aboard died. News ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 28th 2008 by Bantam Press
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Mahlon
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mahlon by: Pete daPixie
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Having read a few books on the Munich crash, I can say that Manchester's Finest is the most moving. The author was a young boy at the time and takes you deep inside his world, 1950s Manchester. This is the only book I've read that describes the devastating impact that the crash had on the residents of the town, and how deeply that particular team was woven into the psyche of Manchester. You see the Babes as the author viewed them… gods on the pitch ,but at the same time young boys, a product of ...more
Pete daPixie
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Of all the books that I have read concerning the 1958 Munich disaster, David Hall's book is the most intimate account. 'Manchester's Finest' provides a young supporters view of the exploits of the 1956-58 United team and tells how the Munich air disaster broke the heart of a great city.
I found this 2008 publication to be the most personal memoir, with detail of everyday life in the 1950's that brought back many memories for me. I also recall many of the places in Manchester that the author descr
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Steve Bennett
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Being a Manchester United fan, the stories and legacy of the Munich air disaster are never far away.

This book brings a different view. Much has been written from the view of the club, or from the media. This book is different, showing the view of crash through the eyes of the supporters. Specifically, it focusses on a young Manchester United supporter living in 50's Manchester who has to come to terms with the loss of his team.

Although I'm too young to know Manchester in the 50's, the book doe
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Salil Sathe
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any football fan
I work in Mather & Platt Pumps Ltd., a pump manufacturing company in Pune, India. The company was formulated in the late 1850s in the Newton Heath area of the City of Manchester, the same place where Manchester United also started. the thing that was unknown to me before reading this book, was that a head teacher of Mather & Platt apperentice school, Mr. Donny Davies, also a football writer for Manchester Guardian was one of the victims of the ill-fated 1858 Air Crash along with the Man ...more
Keith Foster
Jun 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Bit plodding at times but really good insight into life as a child in late fifties Manchester and the impact the crash had. Oh also provides an insight into why it's still worth taking the time to really hate Bolton even if they are a bit small and insignificant.
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'He's British.'
'Yesss, you've mentioned that. Anything else?'
'Such as?'
'Well, like where do you live?'
'In Britain.'
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