Busby Babe funeral

A funeral service will be held for Manchester United legend Bill Foulkes later. As one of the Busby Babes, Foulkes played nearly 700 times for United during his 19 years at the club. He died last month at the age of 81.

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Sir Bobby Charlton arrives to pay tribute Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
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Nobby Stiles attends the funeral at St Vincent De Paul RC Church, Altrincham, Cheshire. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
Mick Summerby and Dennis Law attend the funeral Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
Brian Kidd attends the funeral of the former Manchester United player Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
Teresa Foulkes attends her husband's funeral in Cheshire Credit: Peter Byrne/PA
The funeral of Bill Foulkes at St Vincent De Paul RC Church Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

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VIDEO: Rare Foulkes interview on buying players "20 minutes before" post-Munich game

Busby Babe, Bill Foulkes, has passed away at the age of 81. The Manchester United legend died this morning.

In a rare interview, from many years ago, Foulkes explains how the club were still buying players "20 minutes before kick off" in their first post-Munich game.

Foulkes survived the disaster at Munich in 1958. Today, United officials praised his "heroics" in the aftermath of the crash, and his legendary playing career. They describe him as a "giant" of the club.

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United executive honours a "giant" of the game

Bill Foulkes Credit: PA

Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward paid tribute to Foulkes, saying: "Bill was a giant character in the post-war history of Manchester United."

"He was a very gentle man, who I was privileged to meet on several occasions, including most memorably with his team-mates at the Champions League final in Moscow, 50 years after his heroics in the Munich air crash."

United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward Credit: PA

Woodward continued: "Bill's contribution over almost 700 games and nearly 20 years will never be forgotten. The thoughts of everyone at the club - directors, players, staff and fans - are with Bill's family."

Man United players, past and present, pay tribute to Bill Foulkes

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Thoughts are with the friends and family of Bill Foulkes, so sad to hear he passed away this morning. Great servant to this club. RIP #mufc

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Sad to hear news of Bill Foulkes passing away. Great servant to the club. Thoughts are with his family. #Mufc

Man United legend, and Munich survivor, Bill Foulkes has died

Man United legend Bill Foulkes Credit: PA

The Manchester United player, and Munich air crash survivor, Bill Foulkes has died at the age of 81.

Foulkes made his debut for United in 1952 and went on to play 688 times for the club - a figure only surpassed by Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes.

Bill Foulkes, pictured in his prime Credit: PA

The centre back was a member of the famous 'Busby Babes', who took United into Europe. He survived the Munich disaster in 1958.

After the team's plane crashed on take off, he set about rescuing his team mates from the wreckage.

He said of his escape that he was "just damned lucky".

Foulkes, fourth from right, in Belgrade before the Munich crash Credit: PA

After the Munich tragedy, he took over the captaincy and became the leader of the 'Busby Babes'.

He played for United for his whole career, the highlight coming near the end of his playing days when he was part of the 1968 European Cup-winning team, aged 36.

Foulkes had played a key part in the semi-final too, scoring the winning goal against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Foulkes, as captain, leads out United for the first match after the crash Credit: PA

The club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward paid tribute, saying: "He was a very gentle man, who I was privileged to meet on several occasions, including most memorably with his team-mates at the Champions League final in Moscow, 50 years after his heroics in the Munich air crash."