1958 - FA Cup Final – Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers – Photograph

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The 1958 FA Cup Final was between Manchester United and Bolton Wanderers, with Bolton winning 2-0, just three months after the Munich air disaster.

Harry Gregg (b.1932), Northern Irish footballer, who played for Doncaster and Manchester United and twenty-five times for Northern Ireland, he went on to manage Shrewsbury, Swansea, Crewe and Carlisle. He is sometimes called 'The Hero of Munich' because he pulled some of his team mates from the burning plane during the Munich air disaster.

On the 6th of February 1958, the British European Airways Flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runway at the Munich-Riem airport in Germany. On board the plane was the Manchester United football team, nicknamed at the time 'The Busby Babes', along with a number of supporters and journalists. Twenty-three of the 43 passengers on board the aircraft died in the disaster.

Original black and white 10x7 Photographic New Agencies photograph, dated 4th May 1958, depicting the Manchester United keeper Gregg making a save from Holden of Bolton during the 1958 F.A. Cup Final. Bolton centre forward Nat Lofthouse is seen challenging Gregg for the ball.

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