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Gregg saves. And Gregg is saved. 'One Life: Harry Gregg's Journey' (BBC1, Wednesday) was one of several programmes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Munich disaster that featured Gregg, the Manchester United goalkeeper who pulled other survivors from the wreckage of the plane. But 'One Life' provided a more personal perspective.

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From an unprepossessing corner of east Munich to a stand at Old Trafford, the 23 lives lost in the plane crash which has come to define Manchester United were remembered yesterday.

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Leading article: Remember them

When the worlds of tragedy and football come together it usually involves the death of supporters: Heysel, Hillsborough, Bradford. But Munich is different. When the small British European Airways plane crashed at Munich airport in poor weather on 6 February 1958, it wiped out the heart of a team. And not just any team. These were the "Busby Babes" of Manchester United, widely regarded as one of the most promising sets of footballers ever assembled in Britain. They were returning from securing a place in the semi-finals of the European Cup after beating Red Star Belgrade. Munich was a fatal stopover.

A future filled with promise: The Busby Babes of 1958

Sir Matt Busby's seemingly invincible Manchester United side line up before the European Cup quarter final against the Yugoslav capital's Red Star club that would see them into the sem-finals, with a 3-3 draw.

Jimmy Murphy: 'He was a brilliant teacher but didn't want to command'

Jimmy Murphy battled his nature to lead stricken Manchester United after Munich

Munich Air Disaster: The day sports reporting lost its old guard

The crash that killed Busby's Babes also claimed the lives of eight of the country's leading sportswriters &ndash; and left a group of rookies to pick up their pens. Ian Herbert looks back to 1958

The Day A Team Died, by Frank Taylor

"Tragedy" is a word sports journalists should use with extreme care, but Frank Taylor had more justification than most when writing about the Munich air crash on 6 February 1958, which killed 23 people. The cream of Manchester United's Busby Babes perished, but so did eight of the nine journalists aboard; Taylor, then northern football correspondent of the 'News Chronicle', survived, but was left permanently disabled. His minute-by-minute eye-witness account of that fateful take-off and dreadful aftermath remains the definitive record, written when it was still painfully fresh in his mind (this is a reissue of his book originally published in 1960). He also pays tribute to the extraordinary efforts of the Munich hospital staff before moving on to chronicle the equally astonishing feat of Matt Busby in rebuilding a team to win the European Cup 10 years later. Taylor himself died in 2002, but his epitaph to those who perished on that freezing afternoon lives on.

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