Doncaster Busby Babe to be remembered on 56th anniversary of Munich air disaster

David Pegg, former Manchester United player
David Pegg, former Manchester United player

Doncaster Busby Babe David Pegg will be remembered today on the 56th anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster.

The Highfields-born player, who is buried at Adwick’s Red House Cemetery, was one of eight Manchester United players who died on February 6, 1958 when their plane crashed on a snow covered runway in the German city.

The tragedy also claimed the lives of three Old Trafford backroom staff as well as eight sports journalists who had been covering United’s European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade.

In total, 23 people died in the disaster which sent shockwaves around the sporting world.

Flags are today flying at half mast at Old Trafford while supporters and club staff will gather under the Munich clock outside the East Stand to sing the traditional ‘Flowers of Manchester’ song in memory of the Busby Babes.

Flowers will also be laid on the grave of Mr Pegg who was just 22 when he died.

During his Manchester United career between 1952-58, he played 127 games, scoring 24 goals and won one England cap.