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23rd December 2009 23:55

Albert Scanlon has died in hospital at the age of 74.

All at the SSA and MTFC send our condolences to his family.

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'Busby Babe' Albert Scanlon dies aged 74


'Busby Babe' Albert Scanlon has died at the age of 74, it has been confirmed.

The former Manchester United winger, who was one of the survivors of the Munich air disaster in 1958, had been unwell for some time, the club said.

Eight of Mr Scanlon's Manchester United team-mates and three officials were killed when their plane crashed in a blizzard at Munich Airport.

Mr Scanlon recovered from a broken leg and fractured skull to play again in the 1958/59 season.

He scored 16 goals to help United finish runners-up in the league.

Mr Scanlon left Old Trafford in 1960, ending a six-year association with the club.

After his departure he played for Newcastle, Mansfield and Lincoln.


Former Stags' star Albert Scanlon dies
CHAD.co.uk, 23 December 2009

FORMER 'Busby Babe' and Mansfield Town player Albert Scanlon has died in hospital at the age of 74.


Scanlon - who played more than 100 times for the Stags between 1963-1966 - died in a Salford hospital on Tuesday, two months after he was admitted with kidney problems and pneumonia.

During his spell at Field Mill, outside forward Scanlon scored 21 goals before leaving for a short stint at his fifth and final club Newport County.

Said a Stags' spokesman: "Albert Scanlon will be sorely missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad and difficult time."

Scanlon is best remembered nationally for being one of the survivors of the Munich air crash in February 1958 which claimed the lives of eight of his Manchester United team-mates.

He suffered a fractured skull and a severe kidney injury in the plane crash, which happened as the Busby Babes were returning from a European Cup semi-final tie against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia.

Despite his horrific injuries, Scanlon made a full recovery and was back in action for United at the start of the 1958-59 season.

Scanlon also had spells with Newcastle United and Lincoln City.



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