More from the archives

Time has been tight lately, as a couple of books on the go, along with having to work on the next Collectors Club newsletter. Should have made a new year resolution to add items on a regular basis. Is it too late to do so?
So, a couple of items to kick-off the 2013 blogs (yes I know I’ve almost missed a month, but….)
First off is the much sought after order of service sheet from George Best’s funeral.
Items on ‘Bestie’ are always very collectable and this is no different as most of the people who attended on the day have kept theirs. Hoping perhaps to have a nice little investment.

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Nostalgia is what we love and here we have a copy of the publication every schoolboy would patiently sit and wait to plop through their letter-box – Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly.
This particular issue is from February 1958, which by a strange quirk of fate had Duncan Edwards on its cover.
Sadly, by the time this issued went on sale, Duncan was fighting for his life in a Munich hospital. One battle that he ws not to win.

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Also shown here are a couple of other Munich related items, with the first showing the two stained glass windows of Duncan which are in St Francis Church in Dudley. The two photographs are included in the order of service for the unveiling of the windows.
Also illustrated is one of the many order of service sheets from memorial services held around the country following the disaster.

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ALBERT QUIXALL

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Albert Quixall was once the golden boy of British football.
A former England schoolboy international, who joined the Sheffield Wednesday ground staff as an office boy in May 1948, making his first team debut for the ‘Owls’ at the age of 17, winning his first England cap three years later.
He was captain of the Wednesday team in that dramatic first game at Old Trafford, following the Munich disaster and was snapped up by Matt Busby in September 1958 for a British scan0009record fee of £45,000.
Winning an FA Cup medal in 1963, he went on to play over scan0010180 games for United, scoring 56 goals, before joining Oldham Athletic in September 1964.
Shown alongside are very collectable items relating to the player – a plastic star badge and a tie pin, both of which would have been sold outside Old Trafford on match-days.

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KENNY MORGANS

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KENNY MORGAN(S).

Had been a few months older or indeed a bit more experienced, then Kenny Morgan might have avoided the drama and trauma of the Munich air disaster in February 1968.

At the time of the crash he was still a mere teenager with only 13 appearances under his belt and had both of those been greater then there is every possibility that he would have travelled to Cardiff along with United assistant manager Jimmy Murphy to take on Israel in a World Cup qualifying tie.

Although spared in the crash, his career was never to be the same again for the 18 year old and he was to make only a further 4 appearances in the red shirt of Manchester United before joining Swansea for £3,000 in March 1961.

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Kicking-off a new Manchester United Blog

 

Hi.

It has taken me a few weeks to get round to this, but hopefully I can update this blog on a regulat basis with comments, images and information about Manchester United and related memorabilia.
I had no real intention of ever venturing into this, but was convinced that it was a great way of bringing my books and other ventures to a wider audience by the authors of the excellent book – ‘Got, Not Got’ – Derek Hammond and Gary Silke when they ventured over the border in search of items for a future edition of ‘G-N-G’.
Before going any further, I had better introduce myself and what I plan to do with this blog thing.
I am an author of around 20 odd books, mainly covering Manchester United and I have also run the Manchester “United Review” Collectors Club for the past 22 years, producing a bi-monthly, 20 page newsletter, on everything collectable on United.
On this site, I hope to bring you regular items from the world of United memorabilia, as well as articles on other United topics.

I would like to begin with a trio of  ITEMS YOU NEVER SEE…….

Some of the Manchester United supporters amongst you may remember when the players, officials and a select few would park in the car park opposite Sir Matt’s statue, or indeed on the actual forecourt itself. Shown here is a permit, that allowed the holder to drive down Warwick Road on a match day and park in front of the offices, in an area in fornt of where the Munich clock stands today.

You would, however, have a long wait after the game, as you were not permitted to leave until after the crowd had left the ground at full-time and the road congestion had eased.

On the reverse of this 5×3.5” card is a number and instructions to hold the card up to the policeman on point duty at the top of Warwick Road.

This particular permit was issued for season 1953-54, although the owner has had it altered to 1954-55 and initialled.

Also alongside is a pass for the press box and the directors box, also from season 1953-54

How many of these can still be in existence?

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