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1958 Soccer Crash Remembered

8 Manchester United players among 23 killed in Munich disaster
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 2:59 PM CST

(Newser) – Fans in England and Germany remembered 23 people—including eight members of Manchester United's powerhouse soccer team—killed 50 years ago today in a plane crash in Munich, the Guardian reports. In Manchester, thousands gathered outside the club's Old Trafford stadium to mourn the "Busby Babes." Inside, club captain Gray Neville lit a candle for each of the victims during a memorial service.

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Meanwhile, hundreds gathered at the crash site in Germany for a ceremony scheduled to commence at 3:04 pm, the exact time of the accident. United is sponsoring an exhibition on the lost players in the South Stand Tunnel, henceforth called the Munich Tunnel, and the team will wear 1950s replica uniforms at Sunday’s game against Manchester City. (Read more Munich stories.)

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