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Busby Babe who survived Munich crash

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

By rob goodman

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The football world has been quick to pay tribute to former Busby Babe Kenny Morgans, who passed away over the weekend following a short illness, aged 73.

The former Swansea City and Newport County right-winger was the youngest star in the highly regardedManchester United team which was involved in the Munich air disaster in 1958 — one of the darkest chapters in English football history.

Morgans' former Swansea City teammate, defender Mel Nurse, said of his death: "I cannot believe it. I only saw him a couple of months ago, I saw him at the Linden Tree in West Cross. When someone told me about the news, I couldn't believe it.

"He was such a tidy man. Anybody who played for Manchester United at that time, in that team, would have had to have been some player.

"He was a star for Swansea Schoolboys, that's how he ended up at United."

Born in Swansea, Kenny joined the Old Trafford football giants in 1955, making his first-team debut against Leicester City two years later as an 18-year-old.

Two months later he was part of the team which was returning home from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade. Their flight crashed on its third attempt at take-off in bad weather at Munich-Reim Airport, leaving 23 of the 44 people on board dead. He was found unconscious by two journalists five hours after the official search for survivors was called off.

He left Old Trafford in 1961 after making 23 appearances for the first team, joining Swansea City, where he played for four seasons before ending his playing days with Newport County in 1967.

A spokesman for Swansea City confirmed club chaplain Kev Johns will be paying tribute to him before Sunday's match with Liverpool before a further dedication takes place against Manchester United on Sunday, December 23.

Swans chairman, Huw Jenkins, said: "It's very sad news. We were honoured to entertain Kenny and his wife in our boardroom last season when we played Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium. It was fascinating to hear him and Bobby Charlton chat together about the old days before going onto the pitch together to give a wave to both sets of fans. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves. He was a true gentleman and a great footballer. He will be sadly missed by everyone at Swansea City Football Club and throughout football. Our condolences go to his family and friends at this sad time."

A statement from Manchester United said: "Staff send their deepest condolences to Kenny's family and friends."

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