Manchester United Redesign Website, Twitter Feeds to Remember Munich Tragedy

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterFebruary 6, 2014

Twitter - @ManUtd

Manchester United are commemorating the anniversary of the Munich air disaster by changing the design of their website and social media feeds for the day.

On 6 February 1958, a plane taking the team back to Manchester after a European match in Belgrade crashed in atrocious conditions after a fuel stop in Munich.

Of the 38 passengers and six crew members, there were 23 fatalities, ripping the heart out of the Manchester United team of the time.

Now, 56 years on, the tragedy is still entwined with the history of the club.

The United Twitter page sounded the start of the remembrance:

Today #mufc pauses to remember those lost in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958. #flowersofmanchester

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 6, 2014

Gone for the day, too, were the club crest and colours—replaced instead by the Munich clock, with its hands here fixed to 3:04, the time of the crash:

Twitter - @ManUtd

The Manchester United homepage had a similar look:

United are tweeting about each player to lose their lives in the tragedy, giving a sobering reminder of how many young men lost their lives on that day:

Duncan Edwards, aged 21. Shining light, one of the greatest players ever to wear #mufc's shirt. #flowersofmanchester

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 6, 2014