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[27] Sir Matt Busby has been inducted into the North Lanarkshire Hall of Fame.

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  • [27] Sir Matt Busby has been inducted into the North Lanarkshire Hall of Fame.

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    statement from Man Utd

    Sir Matt Busby, the legendary former Manchester United manager, has been inducted into the North Lanarkshire Hall of Fame.

    The Scot, who passed away in 1994, was instrumental in shaping the club and rebuilding after the tragic Munich air crash in 1958. His granddaughter Jeanette and daughter-in-law Irene attended the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell to mark the occasion.

    The sports centre and swimming pool in Belshill are already named in Sir Matt's honour and the following panel was erected to recognise the great man's achievements:

    Name: Sir Alexander Matthew ‘Matt’ Busby, CBE, KCSG
    Sport: Football
    D.O.B: 26th May 1909

    "Alongside Sir Alex Ferguson, who later succeeded him to manage Manchester United, Sir Matt is widely regarded as being ‘one of the greatest football player/managers of all time’.

    "This is not a bad ascension for the son of a miner, born in a two-roomed pitman’s cottage in the mining village of Orbiston. The doctor who delivered him on 26 May 1909 must have had a nice sideline in prophecy as he announced to Sir Matt’s mother: 'A footballer has come into this house today.'

    "Initially following his father into the pits, Sir Matt also played part-time for the Stirlingshire side Denny Hibs before being spotted and signed up for Manchester City for £5 per week in 1928 (£283 in today’s money), where he remained for 200 appearances before being sold to Liverpool in 1936 for £8,000 (£512,775 today).

    "Busby carried on playing football during the Second World War, when he served as a football coach in the Army Physical Training Corps, making three appearances for Chelsea but also turning out for Middlesbrough, Reading, Brentford, Bournemouth, Boscombe Athletic and Hibernian.

    "On 1 October 1945, Sir Matt took over the manager's role at Manchester United, which he occupied until 1971. He led the club to five League Championships and two FA Cup titles along the way, culminating in a European Cup victory against Benfica in 1968. Success was achieved despite a tragic air crash in 1958 at Munich Airport, which killed several members of his league-winning team and almost claimed his own life. Despite this tragedy, he subsequently went on to rebuild Manchester United to become the best team in Europe."

    Other leading sports stars were also honoured, including Celtic's Lisbon Lions, athlete Tom McKean, snooker player John Higgins and boxer Ricky Burns.
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