"Duncan's just died in hospital from his injuries in Munich."
Duncan Edwards
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Dudley-born Duncan Edwards (1936-1958) was not only a great young prospect for Manchester United; he is generally regarded as one of England's greatest young players. He started playing for his country, at left half, when he was only eighteen. He died when he was still only twenty-one. Had he lived, it is thought that he would have been among the world's best. Although Duncan Edwards initially survived the crash at Munich, he died as a result of his injuries 15 days later.

 

 

 

 

Watch this moving tribute to Duncan Edwards, which includes rare footage of the young star in action.

Duncan is seen lining up here with the rest of the Busby Babes in what poignantly became the last team picture before the Munich air crash. They are just about to start the game with Red Star Belgrade, which took them to the semi-final of the European Cup. Most players in this picture, whether through death or serious injury, never played again.

Manchester United lining up for the game in Belgrade
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumManchester United lining up for the game in Belgrade - Credit: munich58.co.uk