The Manchester United kit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.
The commemorative kit will be worn during Manchester United’s derby on Saturday 9th February, with Manchester City.
The kit is styled in a 1950’s fashion. It will not feature the logo’s of sponsors, or the league and will be worn without the names of players. Kit sponsor Nike have made the kit and along with their main sponsor AIG, both firms have agreed to give up their branding. A replica kit will not be sold, the kits used on the day will be given away to survivors of the disaster and associated guests.
In another mark of respect, the players have also approached their football boot sponsors and will be wearing black football boots during the game, as previously reported in our article Black Football Boots Commemorate Munich Disaster.
Munich on the 6th February 1958, a plane carrying journalists, supporters and the Manchester United football team, known as the Busby Babes, crashed on its third attempt to take off. Twenty-three of the 44 passengers on board the aircraft died in the disaster, including eight United players and one former Manchester City player.
At Old Trafford, their clock remains frozen at 3:04 p.m. on Feb. 6, 1958. With the word Munich beneath it. The time and date when the plane carrying the Manchester United team crashed on take off from Munich’s airport.