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Never Forgotten

6 February 2020

Today we remember all of those lost following the tragedy in Munich 62 years ago.

The football world was shocked to its core on this day in 1958 when a flight carrying - amongst others - the Manchester United squad and staff crashed during take-off at Munich-Riem Airport. 

Of the 44 passengers onboard, 20 would die at the scene with a further three fatalities. 

Two of the eight United players who passed away on that fateful afternoon in Germany had connections to Barnsley. 

Defender Mark Jones was born in Wombwell, the son of a miner and was an apprentice at Old Trafford upon leaving school. He made his debut as a 17-year-old and a few years later helped the Red Devils to two league titles. Mark's daughter, Lynne was born four months after the crash that claimed his life at 24-years-old.

Forward Tommy Taylor was born in Smithies and after working down the mine in his formative years and playing football at the local colliery, he was signed by the Reds and made his first team debut at 17. After carrying out national service with the army, Taylor came back to Oakwell and fired in 28 goals, earning him a 1953 move to Manchester United for a record fee of £29,999. 

Tommy would be a revelation at Old Trafford, helping Matt Busby's side to back-to-back league titles. He would also play regularly for England, scoring 16 times in his 19 Three Lions appearances. 

Taylor had just become engaged to fiancée Carol prior to the tragic events in Germany.

Both are buried in their hometown, and today we remember Mark, Tommy and all of those lost in Munich. 


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