DUNCAN EDWARDS: An Incomplete Football Career
Duncan Edwards on this day 1953 made his professional debut for Manchester United in a 4-1 Football League First Division loss to Cardiff City. Aged 16 years and 185 days, the midfielder became the youngest player ever to play in the top flight of English football. Unfortunately, his career was cut short when United’s team plane, bringing them home from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade, crashed in Munich on 6 February 1958. Seven players died instantly, while Edwards and manager Matt Busby were rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. Busby eventually recovered, but Edwards died on 21 February 1958 at the age of 21. In all, Edwards scored 21 goals in 117 games for Manchester United. He also won four trophies during his time with the club.