Season 1957/58
original illustrations of the kits worn during the season

The Season in brief

At 3.04pm on February 6th the plane carrying the United party from their European Cup triumph in Belgrade crashed at Munich Airport while attempting to take off.

Twenty three people were killed as a result of the crash, including eight of the Babes (team captain Roger Byrne, Geoff Bent, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan). The fatalities included Walter Crickmer, Tom Curry and Bert Whalley. Jackie Blanchflower and Johnny Berry later retired because of their injuries.

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Jimmy Murphy took over the reins and brought in Stan Crowther and Ernie Taylor. Together with Munich survivors Bill Foulkes and Harry Gregg, the side was filled with young reserves and players from the 'A' team.

On a wave of emotion United's patched up side reached the F.A. Cup Final. Dennis Viollet and Bobby Charlton, who had both survived the crash, were in the Wembley side but it was probably one game too far. United never posed a real threat and were beaten 2-0 by Bolton Wanderers.

United had been third in the League at the time of the disaster, and eventually finished eighth.

United's home kit remained unchanged, with new white shorts with a red stripe worn mainly but not exclusively in European games. United wore black shorts with their home shirt and socks for, we believe, the first time in the Charity Shield game against Aston Villa in October 1957.

As a change kit the club adopted the all white kit with red trim worn in the 1957 Cup Final.

For the very first time United wore their home kit in an F.A. Cup Final.

Contrary to the popular myth, the 1958 Cup Final badge is not a representation of a phoenix rising from the flames. The badge is part of a design granted to the City of Manchester to compliment the City's coat of arms. The eagle is symbolic of the city's connection with ancient Rome; the 'M' represents the ancient Lords of the Manor and the circle around it is symbolic of Ringway (the City's airport).