Sir Alexander Matthew “Matt” Busby, CBE, KCSG (26 May 1909 – 20 January 1994)
Following his pre-war first division career as a footballer with both Manchester City and Liverpool, Matt took the job as manager of the rival club Manchester United. He began this career in 1945 which continued until 1969 making him the longest serving manager in the history of the club.
With full control of the team he was able to lay the foundations of his extraordinary vision for the club, which had been bombed during the war.
Sir Matt Busby was always committed to young football players. It was his dream that kids should reach their full potential. He pioneered a youth training system at Manchester United, which created the Busby Babes, the youngest team in the country.
However, Matt’s dream suffered a tragic setback when the legendary Busby Babes died in the devastating Munich airplane disaster in 1958.
Matt survived and not only that, came back and rebuilt a team that went on to sensational success winning the European Cup 10 years later, underpinning all that is truly great about Manchester United today.
Matt passed away in 1994 at the age of 84. His legacy is Manchester United. His passion still lives on in the hearts of many young players, now grown up, who he helped to attain their dream.