Roger Byrne Profile

Dur­ing his three sea­sons as cap­tain of the Man­chester Uni­ted te­am, Ro­ger Byrne col­lec­ted Lea­gue Cham­pi­on­ship medals in 1952, 1956 and 1957, and was an FA Cup run­ner-up to As­ton Vil­la in 1957. A born lead­er bo­th on and off the foot­ball field, Byrne was one of the most ac­com­plished de­fenders in Man­chester Uni­ted his­tory and be­came the fir­st play­er to lead an Eng­lish te­am in­to Europe when The Reds played Bel­gian Cham­pi­ons An­der­lech in front of 35,000 crowd at Park Astrid in the Pre­lim­in­ary Ro­und of the Euro­pean Cup on the 12th of Septem­ber 1956. Un­der the guid­ance of man­ager Matt Busby, the wing back ac­cu­mu­lated a total of 245 ap­pear­ances for the club, con­trib­ut­ing 17 goals dur­ing the pro­cess. Fol­low­ing his in­ter­na­tion­al seni­or de­but in a 4-2 tri­umph ag­ainst Scot­land at Hamp­den Park on the 3rd of April 1954, he be­came a reg­u­lar mem­ber in the Eng­land si­de ma­naged by for­mer Man­chester Uni­ted ha­lf back Wal­ter Win­ter­bot­tom. A con­sist­ent and de­pend­able per­former, he gain­ed 33 full caps in total for the coun­try of his bir­th be­tween 1954 and 1957. Tra­gic­ally, Ro­ger Byrne lost his life in the Mu­nich Air Dis­aster on the 6th of Feb­ruary 1958. Ro­ger Byrne Play­ing Ca­reer: Man­chester Uni­ted. Play­ing Hon­ours: Eng­lish Foot­ball Lea­gue Fir­st Di­vi­sion 1952, 1956, 1957.

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The Old Traf­ford play­ers who lost their lives in the Mu­nich Air Dis­aster in­cluded Ed­die Col­man, Ge­off Bent, Ro­ger Byrne, Ma­rk Jones, Duncan Ed­wards, Tom­my Tay­lor, Billy Whelan and Da­vid Pegg.


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