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Roger Byrne & Duncan Edwards carrying Torres off the pitch - 1957 European Cup Semi Final
Roger Byrne & Duncan Edwards carrying Torres off the pitch - 1957 European Cup Semi Final
Published: 2011/11/27
Channel: Huayna
Manchester United Legends  & Great Players
Manchester United Legends & Great Players
Published: 2009/02/27
Channel: Taiko58
PES 2016 Roger Byrne (Busby Babes)
PES 2016 Roger Byrne (Busby Babes)
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: Ratmundo
Roger Byrne in Going To Work on BBC1 in 1979 DVD Video Recording   Copy
Roger Byrne in Going To Work on BBC1 in 1979 DVD Video Recording Copy
Published: 2017/03/21
Channel: Roger Byrne
mp4 video file Roger Byrne Sparring with Simon Harris December 1993
mp4 video file Roger Byrne Sparring with Simon Harris December 1993
Published: 2015/06/21
Channel: Roger Byrne
England 7- 2 scotland 1955 (Duncan Edwards becomes Youngest player to play for England)
England 7- 2 scotland 1955 (Duncan Edwards becomes Youngest player to play for England)
Published: 2010/11/20
Channel: thetoon99
Roger Byrne
Roger Byrne
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Exposure TV Channel
Roger Byrne receives the MESA Medal - 4th June 2014
Roger Byrne receives the MESA Medal - 4th June 2014
Published: 2014/06/08
Channel: Martin P
Soccer International - England V. Scotland (1955)
Soccer International - England V. Scotland (1955)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Manchester United Tragedy (1958)
Manchester United Tragedy (1958)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
WATJ 9: Wall Street, Bitcoin & Patrick Byrne
WATJ 9: Wall Street, Bitcoin & Patrick Byrne
Published: 2017/11/04
Channel: RT America
Störmthaler See Hill at the Neuseen Classics 60km 2017
Störmthaler See Hill at the Neuseen Classics 60km 2017
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: Roger Byrne
Легенды. Манчестер Юнайтед.  Роджер Бёрн/Legends. Manchester United. Roger Byrne
Легенды. Манчестер Юнайтед. Роджер Бёрн/Legends. Manchester United. Roger Byrne
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: Volpenze-GooL
DJI Mavic Pro shaky footage
DJI Mavic Pro shaky footage
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Roger Byrne
CONNOR BYRNE Cover of When my guitar gently weeps with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017
CONNOR BYRNE Cover of When my guitar gently weeps with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: Roger Byrne
Winter Fun
Winter Fun
Published: 2017/01/02
Channel: Roger Byrne
Sent from the IFG iphone of Roger Byrne Tel 0414 892 854 Skype: rogerby
Sent from the IFG iphone of Roger Byrne Tel 0414 892 854 Skype: rogerby
Published: 2010/11/30
Channel: IFGMelrosePark
F.A. Cup 4th Round Manchester City V. Manchester United (1955)
F.A. Cup 4th Round Manchester City V. Manchester United (1955)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
CONNOR BYRNE Strange Brew by Cream cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 5
CONNOR BYRNE Strange Brew by Cream cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 5
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
Manchester United - 1 Minutes Silence at Old Trafford 52 Years on!!!
Manchester United - 1 Minutes Silence at Old Trafford 52 Years on!!!
Published: 2010/02/06
Channel: MrPaulByrne
ROGER BRYNE
ROGER BRYNE'S FUNERAL - NO SOUND
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
CONNOR BYRNE Love walked in through my door by Thunder cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 8
CONNOR BYRNE Love walked in through my door by Thunder cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 8
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
Munich Air Disaster: 60 Years on
Munich Air Disaster: 60 Years on
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: Alex Nield
Sports News - Wembley - England Beats Wales 3-2 (1954)
Sports News - Wembley - England Beats Wales 3-2 (1954)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Afternoon Spin with the Mrs
Afternoon Spin with the Mrs
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: Roger Byrne
Sparkassen HeideRadCup Streckentest 2017
Sparkassen HeideRadCup Streckentest 2017
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: Roger Byrne
X-Press 2 Ft. David Byrne - Lazy [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
X-Press 2 Ft. David Byrne - Lazy [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
Published: 2012/11/09
Channel: Skint Records
CONNOR BYRNE I Love Rock n Roll and Twist & Shout covers with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 9
CONNOR BYRNE I Love Rock n Roll and Twist & Shout covers with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 9
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
CONNOR BYRNE I Want to rock n roll all night by Kiss cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 7
CONNOR BYRNE I Want to rock n roll all night by Kiss cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 7
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
CONNOR BYRNE Purple Haze by Jimmi Hendrix cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 10
CONNOR BYRNE Purple Haze by Jimmi Hendrix cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 10
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
Remembering the Busby Babes - The Flowers Of Manchester
Remembering the Busby Babes - The Flowers Of Manchester
Published: 2014/02/04
Channel: Stuart Bannerman
CONNOR BYRNE opening two tracks with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017
CONNOR BYRNE opening two tracks with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
Manchester United - Tribute to the Busby Babes
Manchester United - Tribute to the Busby Babes
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: ScottishGamerGirl
CONNOR BYRNE IRON MAIDEN cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 14
CONNOR BYRNE IRON MAIDEN cover with SHRED at Swindon gig 7 10 2017 14
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Roger Byrne
Walk in the forest with Mrs Byrne and Snoop Dog
Walk in the forest with Mrs Byrne and Snoop Dog
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: Roger Byrne
Munich Air Crash Tribute To Manchester
Munich Air Crash Tribute To Manchester
Published: 2018/02/07
Channel: Why not Troll Sports
The Byrne Anthem
The Byrne Anthem
Published: 2011/05/22
Channel: kimberleyMakado
Wogan Cracks Up to Chuffer Dandridge
Wogan Cracks Up to Chuffer Dandridge
Published: 2007/08/20
Channel: Charles Slane
Roger Waters Feat. Eric Clapton Live at the Brendan Byrne Arena - 1984 (audio only)
Roger Waters Feat. Eric Clapton Live at the Brendan Byrne Arena - 1984 (audio only)
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: Live Music
The History of Manchester United - Part 1
The History of Manchester United - Part 1
Published: 2010/02/06
Channel: Red4Ever16
The Flowers of Manchester | Old Trafford | 06.02.2018 | Munich 60th Anniversary
The Flowers of Manchester | Old Trafford | 06.02.2018 | Munich 60th Anniversary
Published: 2018/02/06
Channel: World of Lewis - Man Utd Vlogs
Lunch Run - GoPro Hero 5
Lunch Run - GoPro Hero 5
Published: 2016/11/17
Channel: Roger Byrne
were cresselia at :p
were cresselia at :p
Published: 2014/12/26
Channel: Roger Byrne
MANCHESTER UNITED VS ASTON VILLA - 1957 FA Cup Final(Full Match)
MANCHESTER UNITED VS ASTON VILLA - 1957 FA Cup Final(Full Match)
Published: 2018/02/13
Channel: TT99 Football
The darkest day: February 6th 1958. MAN UNITED
The darkest day: February 6th 1958. MAN UNITED
Published: 2015/11/07
Channel: KHALED Alhanash
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Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Roger Byrne
CONNOR Swindon gig HOTEL CALIFORNIA 7 10 2017 11
CONNOR Swindon gig HOTEL CALIFORNIA 7 10 2017 11
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: Roger Byrne
The Busby Babes : Manchester United
The Busby Babes : Manchester United's Greatest
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: The United Stand
Mushroom Hunting - GoPro Hero 5
Mushroom Hunting - GoPro Hero 5
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Roger Byrne
Brigid & Freckles Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Brigid & Freckles Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Published: 2011/03/23
Channel: Roger Byrne
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Roger Byrne
Roger Byrne.jpg
Byrne in May 1957
Personal information
Full name Roger William Byrne
Date of birth (1929-02-08)8 February 1929
Place of birth Gorton, Manchester,
Lancashire, England
Date of death 6 February 1958(1958-02-06) (aged 28)
Place of death Munich, West Germany
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Full back
Youth career
Ryder Brow Boys Club
1949–1951 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1958 Manchester United 245 (17)
National team
1954–1957 England 33 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roger William Byrne (8 February 1929 – 6 February 1958) was an English footballer and captain of Manchester United. He died at the age of 28 in the Munich air disaster. He was one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the disaster on 6 February 1958. He made 33 appearances for the England national team.

Career[edit]

Byrne was born in February 1929 in the Gorton district of Manchester, the only child of William Henry Byrne (1894–1972) and Jessie Byrne (1899–1986). Byrne undertook two years of National Service in the Royal Air Force, where he was not considered good enough to play football and played rugby instead. While playing for Ryder Brow, Byrne came to the attention of United scout Joe Armstrong and was offered amateur terms at the club, turning professional soon after, becoming the first of what would come to be known as the Busby Babes.[1]

Byrne was captain of Manchester United from the 1955–56 season onwards. He captained the side through the legendary Busby Babes era, playing as a left-sided full-back of the traditional style. He had previously been fielded at wing half and outside left and it was a testament to his versatility that, despite being naturally right sided, he should have been a success in a variety of positions.

Byrne was never considered the most gifted of footballers. His tackling could be suspect and his aerial ability was described as no better than average, but his incredible work ethic and footballing intelligence allowed him to position himself and react to danger swiftly. Innovatively, he was also adept at making forward runs and joining attacks at a time when full-backs were expected only to stand back and defend. Perhaps his best asset was his ability to inspire players with his charismatic leadership. Even more than half a century after his death, he is still regarded as one of Manchester United's greatest captains. He earned league-winner's medals in 1952, 1956 and 1957, and was an FA Cup runner-up to Aston Villa in 1957.

Byrne was also a regular member of Walter Winterbottom's England team during the 1950s and was considered a possible captain of the national team after the retirement of the incumbent captain, Billy Wright. His total of 33 England caps were all won in consecutive fixtures. He appeared in every England international from his debut against Scotland in April 1954 to his last match against France in November 1957. This remains a record.

Aged 28 when he died in the Munich air disaster, Byrne was the oldest of the eight players who perished at Munich. On arriving home he would have received the news that his wife Joy was expecting their first child. They had only married the previous year. He was also survived by both of his parents. Byrne's funeral service was held at Flixton parish church and his body was cremated.[2]

Eight months after Byrne's death (October 1958), Roger Jr. was born. During the late 1960s and early 1970s he was a ball boy at Old Trafford. Roger Jr. died of cancer in December 2011 aged 53. He was living in Swindon, Wiltshire, and had been working in a senior role for the local council. He was survived by his mother, Joy, who by this stage was well into her seventies.[3]

Some years after his death, a street on a new housing development near Manchester city centre was named after him – Roger Byrne Close. Other roads and paths on the estate include Tommy Taylor Close, Eddie Colman Close, Mark Jones Walk, Billy Whelan Walk and David Pegg Walk, as well as a housing complex called Duncan Edwards Court, all of which are named after other players who died at Munich.[4]

A biography, Roger Byrne, Captain of the Busby Babes, written by Iain McCartney, was published on 2 December 2000.[5] The 2011 television drama United centred on the successes of the Busby Babes and the decimation of the team in the Munich air disaster, wrongly named Mark Jones as the captain of the team, while Byrne was not mentioned as a member of the team.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup European Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United[7] 1951–52 24 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 7
1952–53 40 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 45 4
1953–54 41 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 42 3
1954–55 39 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 42 2
1955–56 39 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 3
1956–57 36 0 6 1 8 0 1 0 51 1
1957–58 26 0 2 0 6 0 1 0 35 0
Total 245 15 18 2 14 0 3 0 280 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morrin, Stephen - The Munich Air Disaster – The True Story behind the Fatal 1958 Crash, Gill Books, 2007, ISBN 978-07171-4110-4
  2. ^ Roger Byrne
  3. ^ "Tributes pour in for 'true gent' son of Busby Babe". Swindon Advertiser. Newsquest (Oxfordshire & Wiltshire). 2 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Conn, David (21 April 2010). "FC United homage to history as they prepare for future at Newton Heath". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Roger Byrne Captain of the Busby Babes A Biography by Iain McCartney
  6. ^ Wollaston, Sam (24 April 2011). "TV review: Doctor Who; United". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Roger Byrne". StretfordEnd.co.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Allenby Chilton
Manchester United captain
1955–1958
Succeeded by
Bill Foulkes

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