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Tragedy hit the footballing world on the 6th of February 1958,
Things were never to be the same again,
For a mere 54 seconds the world stood still,
As Munich took the lives of 23 courageous men.
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The Manchester United Team were on their way back from Belgrade,
When their plane stopped in Munich to re-fuel,
Unaware of the disaster that was about to strike,
In a twist of fate which was far beyond cruel.
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After two failed attempts to re-flight the plane,
The players set off on their final ever trip.
This was the fatal third and final attempt
When their lives were pulled out of their grip
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The glittering Elizabethan airplane, so elegant and comfortable,
Was now little more than an aluminum tomb,
The soccer world was plunged into mourning,
Over Manchester hung a cloud of gloom.
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Along with all the dead bodies of our hero’s in Munich,
Lay the broken hearts of thousands of United fans.
This team was supposed to be the greatest ever.
This crash destroyed more than just Busbys plans
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Also taken were Tommy Taylor, Geoff Bent and Liam Whelan:
One of the greatest Irish prospects to come along in years,
Its not hard to imagine how the news of their deaths,
Burst the Manchester skies into floods of tears.
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And it is to them, we owe the biggest debt,
Without them United wouldn’t be the club they are today.
They summoned the strength to carry on,
And got together a team to go out and play.
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Like the hero’s we lost in Munich, they never gave up,
Through the tough times they still kept the red flag flying high.
And today the red flag still flies high,
Cause Man Utd will never die.