Murphy Jimmy – Manchester United – Photograph

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Jimmy Murphy (1910-1989), Welsh footballer, who played for West Bromwich Albion and fifteen times for Wales – he was caretaker manager of Manchester United after the Munich air disaster, having temporarily taken over while Matt Busby recovered from his injuries and, having assembled a substitute team, steered United to the FA Cup Final.

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.

Jimmy Murphy had not been on the fatal flight because he had been away managing the Welsh team in a World Cup qualifying game. Murphy managed Wales at the 1958 FIFA World Cup, when they reached the quarter-finals in their only appearance in a World Cup Final stage.

Original black and white 10x8 Kemsley agency photograph, date 18th December 1958, depicting Murphy in half-length pose at his desk wearing his Manchester United official blazer.

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