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Man United Munich air disaster survivor Bill Foulkes dies

Former Manchester United forward Bill Foulkes has died at the age of 81, the club has announced.

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

Former Manchester United forward Bill Foulkes has died at the age of 81. Credit: PA Wire

"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.

"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."

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