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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
1957 FA CUP FINAL MANCHESTER UNITED VS ASTON VILLA - THE  FULL MATCH
1957 FA CUP FINAL MANCHESTER UNITED VS ASTON VILLA - THE FULL MATCH
Published: 2011/05/13
Channel: G1S1W
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
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
Manchester United Legends  & Great Players
Manchester United Legends & Great Players
Published: 2009/02/27
Channel: Taiko58
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
Himmelfahrt
Himmelfahrt
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: Roger Byrne
Roger Byrne
Roger Byrne
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: Exposure TV Channel
The Busby Babes : Manchester United
The Busby Babes : Manchester United's Greatest
Published: 2017/02/06
Channel: The United Stand
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
Bournemouth V Manchester United (1957)
Bournemouth V Manchester United (1957)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
ROGER BRYNE
ROGER BRYNE'S FUNERAL - NO SOUND
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: British Movietone
Roger Waters Talks About Drugs
Roger Waters Talks About Drugs
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: Rock And Art
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
Re: John Byrne meets Ranger Roger
Re: John Byrne meets Ranger Roger
Published: 2007/07/30
Channel: justaWANKER
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
Manchester United Tragedy (1958)
Manchester United Tragedy (1958)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
#RogerVousRaconte Ep. 3 : "La Magie" par Rhonda Byrne
#RogerVousRaconte Ep. 3 : "La Magie" par Rhonda Byrne
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: ROGER LANNOY
Soccer International - England V. Scotland (1955)
Soccer International - England V. Scotland (1955)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
Evo25  vs Ajkyle
Evo25 vs Ajkyle
Published: 2014/10/19
Channel: Roger Byrne
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
Sparkassen HeideRadCup Streckentest 2017
Sparkassen HeideRadCup Streckentest 2017
Published: 2017/08/26
Channel: Roger Byrne
The Byrne Anthem
The Byrne Anthem
Published: 2011/05/22
Channel: kimberleyMakado
Lunch Run - GoPro Hero 5
Lunch Run - GoPro Hero 5
Published: 2016/11/17
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 58 - Tribute for the Eight Manchester United Players Killed in the Munich Air Disaster
Munich 58 - Tribute for the Eight Manchester United Players Killed in the Munich Air Disaster
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: telandbenjie
Various Pics from the Northern Ireland Scooter Scene.wmv
Various Pics from the Northern Ireland Scooter Scene.wmv
Published: 2010/10/22
Channel: Roger Byrne
Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne Answer The Web’s Most Searched Questions | WIRED
Seth Rogen & Rose Byrne Answer The Web’s Most Searched Questions | WIRED
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: WIRED
Back on the road bike
Back on the road bike
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Roger Byrne
Manchester United - Tribute to the Busby Babes
Manchester United - Tribute to the Busby Babes
Published: 2012/08/10
Channel: ScottishGamerGirl
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
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Published: 2014/06/06
Channel: Stacks Champion
JOHN DALY SHOW - Roger Moore, Gay Byrne & Eamonn Holmes
JOHN DALY SHOW - Roger Moore, Gay Byrne & Eamonn Holmes
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: NI TV Archive
AJ Show (AUDIO PODCAST) Friday 9/16/16: Gary Byrne, Roger Stone, Joel Gilbert
AJ Show (AUDIO PODCAST) Friday 9/16/16: Gary Byrne, Roger Stone, Joel Gilbert
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Ron Gibson
Boxing Day Ride
Boxing Day Ride
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Roger Byrne
The Craft of Surgery
The Craft of Surgery
Published: 2012/09/21
Channel: CraftsCouncil
The Flowers of Manchester by @aditya_reds
The Flowers of Manchester by @aditya_reds
Published: 2016/01/26
Channel: Quality MUFC Videos
IKEA Roadtrip - GoPro Hero 5 Vlog
IKEA Roadtrip - GoPro Hero 5 Vlog
Published: 2016/10/23
Channel: Roger Byrne
2014 - Dorking U11 v Old Emmanuels in Esher B Festival Final
2014 - Dorking U11 v Old Emmanuels in Esher B Festival Final
Published: 2014/10/21
Channel: Roger Byrne
Snow run with the Mrs
Snow run with the Mrs
Published: 2017/01/15
Channel: Roger Byrne
DJI Mavic Pro practice #2
DJI Mavic Pro practice #2
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Roger Byrne
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Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Roger Byrne
Shopping *cough* (eating) trip
Shopping *cough* (eating) trip
Published: 2016/11/19
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
AJ Show (FULL VIDEO Commercial Free) Thursday 6/30/16: Gary Byrne, Roger Stone
AJ Show (FULL VIDEO Commercial Free) Thursday 6/30/16: Gary Byrne, Roger Stone
Published: 2016/06/30
Channel: Ron Gibson
England V Scotland (1957)
England V Scotland (1957)
Published: 2014/04/13
Channel: British Pathé
UK law firm launches second GCC office in Oman
UK law firm launches second GCC office in Oman
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: Shirazul Islam
Brigid & Freckles
Brigid & Freckles
Published: 2011/03/23
Channel: Roger Byrne
Byrne & Barnes - An Eye for an Eye (Full Album)
Byrne & Barnes - An Eye for an Eye (Full Album)
Published: 2015/10/02
Channel: SpewKewKew
Schellerhau Day 2
Schellerhau Day 2
Published: 2017/01/23
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 that lost their lives in the disaster, on 6 February 1958. He made 33 appearances for the England national team.

Life and 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). Before making his debut for the Manchester United first team, Byrne undertook National Service in the Royal Air Force.

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.

He was only 28 when he died in the Munich air disaster, Byrne was the oldest out of the 8 players who perished at Munich, 2 days before his 29th birthday, and 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. Roger Byrne senior's funeral service was held at Flixton parish church and his body was then cremated.[1]

Eight months after Byrne's death (October 1958), Roger Jr. was born, and during the late 1960s and early 1970s 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.[2]

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.[3]

His biography, Roger Byrne, Captain of the Busby Babes, written by Iain McCartney, was published on 2 December 2000.[4] 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 a credited member of the cast.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup European Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United[6] 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. ^ Roger Byrne
  2. ^ "Tributes pour in for 'true gent' son of Busby Babe". Swindon Advertiser. Newsquest (Oxfordshire & Wiltshire). 2 December 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Roger Byrne Captain of the Busby Babes A Biography by Iain McCartney
  5. ^ Wollaston, Sam (24 April 2011). "TV review: Doctor Who; United". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "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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