Sir Matt un­veiled head­stone

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - By STEVE GORDOS

MAY I shed some light on the event that took place at Dudley Ceme­tery on Oc­to­ber 4, 1958, as re­ported in last week’s Bu­gle.

Matt Busby was there not to at­tend a me­mo­rial ser­vice for Dun­can Ed­wards but to per­form the un­veil­ing of a me­mo­rial head­stone on the grave of the late great Dudley-born player.

The un­veil­ing by the Manch­ester United man­ager was held at lunchtime and was not a fac­tor in Wolves de­cid­ing to make that day’s game against United an evening fix­ture.

Wolves made his­tory with the first Satur­day night Foot­ball League game and rea­son was to try to get the game tele­vised, only for the Foot­ball League to quash the idea.

Even if the game had been at 3pm, Busby could still have at­tended the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony. A re­port of the event ap­peared in the Birm­ing­ham Post and read:

“More than 2,000 peo­ple were at Dudley Ceme­tery on Satur­day to see Mr Matt Busby, Manch­ester United man­ager, un­veil a head­stone on the grave of Dun­can Ed­wards, the Eng­land and United half-back who died from in­juries re­ceived in the Mu­nich air dis­as­ter. Ed­wards, whose home was in Dudley, was de­scribed by Mr Busby as ‘al­ways a credit to his par­ents, to his school, his town and his club for which he played so mag­nif­i­cently.’

“Coun­cil­lor J.L. Billing­ham, Deputy Mayor of Dudley, said that the town would never for­get Ed­wards.

“The head­stone in­cludes an en­grav­ing of Ed­wards throw­ing in a foot­ball.” HERE’S a great pic­ture from the Bu­gle col­lec­tion, taken on Jan­uary 27, 1960.

It shows an in­door train­ing ses­sion at the Hawthorns and lead­ing the ac­ro­batic ac­tion is Al­bion goal-scor­ing hero Derek Ke­van.

Nick­named the Tank, Ke­van was famed for his skill and fierce power, pick­ing up 14 Eng­land caps. A cou­ple of months after this pic­ture was take, he scored five goals in Al­bion’s 6-2 vic­tory over Ever­ton on March 19, 1960.

Matt Busby at the un­veil­ing of Dun­can Ed­wards’s head­stone, Oc­to­ber 4, 1958

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