Saturday 24 September 2016

United defuse Busby row

Jamie Holland

Published 06/09/2016 | 02:30

Busby is considered one of the most influential figures in the club’s history, having led them to their first European Cup in 1968. Photo by Harry Goodwin/Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images
Busby is considered one of the most influential figures in the club’s history, having led them to their first European Cup in 1968. Photo by Harry Goodwin/Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Manchester United have commissioned a new plaque for Matt Busby's old seat at Old Trafford only hours after the club came under fire for removing 'The Busby Family' plaques from the directors' box and relocating their season tickets.

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Busby is considered one of the most influential figures in the club's history, having led them to their first European Cup in 1968, ten years after the tragic Munich air disaster that killed 23 people - including eight of his famous 'Busby Babes'.

Upon his death in 1994, Busby was honoured with a plaque attached to his seat at the stadium alongside three more seats reserved for his family members.

Fans were outraged by the move and the decision to relocate his family from their current seats in the directors' box and a petition was set up, garnering more the 1,500 signatures, to reverse the decision.

In a move the club say was made a week ago, and not connected with the fans' fury around the removal of the original plaque, Busby's old seat will now have a new plate and will bear the words 'Sir Matt Busby'.

In a statement, United said: "The club continues to provide tickets and hospitality for the descendants of Sir Matt but with the passing of his children that hospitality will continue in the Warwick Suite."

A bronze statue of Busby was erected outside Old Trafford in 1996 and one of the roads outside the stadium, formally called Warwick Road, is known as Sir Matt Busby Way.

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