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United to honour memory of a former captain and club legend with a statue outside Old Trafford

United to honour memory of a former captain and club legend with a statue outside Old Trafford

The statue of Red Devils legend Jimmy Murphy is scheduled to be unveiled on May 3, 2023 by Manchester United.

On the day of the unveiling, it will have been exactly 65 years since Murphy guided United to the 1958 FA Cup Final following the dreadful Munich Air Disaster.

Behind the Stretford End will be erected a statue of the former United captain who was pivotal to the team’s revival (via The Daily Mail).

Alan Herriot, the sculptor responsible for the Denis Law statue in Aberdeen, is responsible for capturing the memory and likeness of the cherished Murphy in his work.

Murphy’s statue will face what was once an ash-cinder training yard where he used to drill the renowned Busby Babes.

From 1946 through 1971, Murphy served as Sir Matt Busby’s assistant manager.

His reign was marked by the Munich Air Disaster, the reconstruction, and the strange European Cup run.

United finished second behind Bolton on that dreadful May day in 1958, losing 2-0, but the triumph over sorrow is a tale that will endure for all time.

Chief operating officer of Manchester United, Collette Roche, said: “Jimmy Murphy was one of the most important figures in the history of this great club.

“He was not only Sir Matt Busby’s chief coach and then assistant for 25 years, but perhaps most importantly, led us out of the darkest period in our history.”

“In those terrible days after the Munich tragedy, Jimmy was the man who held this club together and built a team that reached the FA Cup final.

“No matter the result, it was a remarkable achievement to even be at Wembley – something that on February 6, 1958, seemed inconceivable.

“It is fitting that this wonderful statue should be unveiled on May 3, the date of that final against Bolton Wanderers, and at the Stretford End, overlooking the land where Jimmy used to train the Busby Babes.”

Pat Burns, chair of The Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation (MMMF), who was instrumental in the creation of the artwork, stated:

“I know the Murphy family, who joined us on the trip to Scotland, were also hugely impressed with the progress.”

“It will be a special occasion on May 3 when we finally unveil the statue marking Jimmy’s extraordinary contribution to United at the most tragic time in this club’s history.”

Jimmy Murphy was a gifted football player who represented West Bromwich Albion and Swindon Town. He represented and managed Wales as well.

Murphy passed suddenly in 1989 at the age of 79, but his contributions to United and the sport of football will be remembered forever.

United to honour memory of a former captain and club legend with a statue outside Old Trafford

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