#3 Liverpool and Leeds using the Dambusters theme to refer to the Munich Air Disaster
1958’s Munich Air Disaster was one of the most tragic incidents in the history of football. Manchester United – returning from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade – were taking off from Munich airport following a refuelling stop when disaster struck and the aeroplane they were flying in crashed on the runway due to slush on the ground.
Eight of United’s players – including the legendary Duncan Edwards – died that night, decimating Matt Busby’s side. It’s an incident only remembered as a tragedy, but unfortunately, as far as some of Liverpool and Leeds United’s fans are concerned, it’s fuel for a sick chant.
The fans imitate aeroplanes flying with their arms outstretched while singing the theme song from the old movie The Dambusters. The word ‘Munich’ is admittedly never mentioned but everyone knows what the song means – after all, Liverpool and Leeds are probably United’s most heated rivals outside of their neighbours Manchester City, who unfortunately as of late have used other inflammatory songs about Munich.
It’s quite despicable but United’s fans certainly aren’t innocent when it comes to disrespectful chants, as we’ll see next.Published 16 Jun 2017, 11:42 IST