R.I.P Albert Scanlon

Former Man United player Albert Scanlon has died at the age of 74. Scanlon came through United’s youth system and played under Sir Matt Busby. Scanlon was one of the legendary players who survived the tragic Munich disaster on the 6th February 1958.

At the age of 22 Scanlon survived the crash but he was left with a fractured skull, a broken leg and kidney problems. He made a full recovery and was playing before the 1958-59 season finished.

Scanlon left Man United for Newcastle United in 1960. He went on to play for Lincoln City, Mansfield Town and Newport County. In 1966 Scanlon retired as a player.
On the 13th May 2007, Scanlon presented the Premier League trophy to Man United along with former team-mate Bill Foulkes.

The problems came when he was admitted to hospital with kidney problems and pneumonia in October 2009. Scanlon was in intensive care and on the 22nd December 2009 he passed away.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said: "I have known Albert since I came to Manchester United and he was always a pleasant and delightful man. He was always cheery and never lost his sense of humour despite the experience he had, and to come through that shows his strength of character.
"He will be a great loss, as he was a popular man, and our condolences go to his family."

Sir Bobby Charlton also survived the crash and he has said: “It was with enormous sadness that I received the news of Albert's passing.
"He was a part of Manchester United folklore and was always a popular figure with the fans, especially because he was a Manchester lad.

"An exciting orthodox winger, he had pace, good ball control and could be relied upon to provide a constant supply of crosses to his fellow forwards. Albert’s place in Manchester United history is assured – he will never be forgotten.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.”

This is tragic news, especially at this time of year when everyone is celebrating. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

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