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’58 crash survivor no more

London: Former Manchester United defender Bill Foulkes, one of the survivors of 1958’s Munich air disaster, who went on to win the European Cup in 1968, has died aged 81.

United said Foulkes passed away in the early hours of Monday morning. Foulkes made his debut for United in 1952 and went on to play 688 times for the club — a figure only surpassed by Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes.

He was one of the people who survived after a plane carrying the United squad crashed on a snow-covered runway in Munich while returning from a European Cup match in Belgrade.

United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward paid tribute to Foulkes, saying: “Bill was a giant character in the post-war history of Manchester United.

“Bill’s contribution over almost 700 games and nearly 20 years will never be forgotten. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Bill's family.”  (Agencies)