Morgans Could Not Go On
The Munich crash left a mark on Manchester United forever, that is undoubtable. However, as we honour the victims and pay tribute to them, we must not forget about those who survived but could not bear the weight of the tragedy.
Kenny Morgans was the youngest of Sir Matt's youthful prodigies. At 18, he was a very promising Welsh winger who was tipped to have a great career in football. It was not to be, however, as unlike Bobby Charlton he was not able to get over the death of his friends.
'On the third time it was quiet,' he remembers, describing what happened after two failed attempts at take-off.
'There were even players that had changed seats, players that had gone to the back to sit down. So it seemed as if something was going to happen.
Something did happen, as we know. And Morgans, though survived the crash, could have died had two German reporters not found him hours later.
'I was knocked unconscious and later, at 8 or 9, two German reporters went back to the plane and they were looking for something and I was still in the plane at that point.'
'I was last to come out and I woke up on the Sunday morning and there was Albert Scanlon, Bobby Charlton and Ray Wood and I thought that the other players would be in a different room.'
'Then the professor of the hospital came and sat by me and told me the players that had died.'
No wonder it was too much for an 18-year-old. And though he played a great part in Jimmy Murphy's fantastic effort of getting through the team the remainder of that season, he remained scarred for life. Missing out on the 1958 FA Cup final was the final disappointment though Morgans went on to be man of the match against AC Milan five days later.
'Then I just sort of packed my career in.
'I didn't want to play in the first team because I missed the boys that had died. My heart wasn't in it.'
'I've got the last line-up of the team in my lounge. I see them every time I go downstairs.
'I used to call for them to train, every morning for three months while I was in the first team. I got to know them like brothers.'