BBC to air Special Munich Disaster 60th Anniversary Show

BBC Radio 5Live will speak to and hear about the people who rebuilt Manchester United in the days, weeks, months and years following the Munich air disaster which left eight of the famous “Busby Babes” dead.

After Munich: How They Rebuilt United, made by independent productions Made in Manchester (MIM), will mark the 60th anniversary of the plane crash which killed 23 people on 6th February 1958.   

Disaster struck when a plane carrying the United squad crashed on take off from Munich Airport during bitter winter weather conditions in Germany. Journalists and aircraft crew were also among the dead.

“A lot has been said about the Munich crash over the years but rarely has much been said about how United rebuilt afterwards,” said MIM creative director and programme producer Ashley Byrne. “This show celebrates some of the unsung heroes in United’s recovery, those junior players who stepped up to help keep Manchester United going. Names like Mark Pearson and Alex Dawson have largely been forgotten about but as we hear they were crucial in helping United survive.”

Among those recalling how Manchester United rebuilt in the aftermath of the disaster is former United goalkeeper David Gaskell (pictured) who used to live with Duncan Edwards and Billy Whelan – both of whom  died as a result of the crash.

Meanwhile, former United players Harold Bratt and Peter Jones recall how assistant manager Jimmy Murphy helped to keep the young players on track while Matt Busby recovered in hospital.

The special programme After Munich: How They Rebuilt United airs on Monday night (5th February) at 9pm on BBC Radio 5Live.