Streford End Flags Busby Babes tribute set to be biggest ever surfer flag

by Sam Peoples

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the Munich Air Disaster and at this weekend’s home fixture against Everton, Stretford End Flags has organised one the biggest surfer flag to be used at Old Trafford to commemorate the Busby Babes.

Take your time to have a read over the background to the surfer flag and click here to donate to Stretford End Flags. Every little really does help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Since the formation of SEF in 2005, one of our main aims has been to produce a large surfer flag for use at Old Trafford. Over these years we have used a large Manchester United Club Crest surfer flag and also a large surfer flag with the image of Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville lifting the Premier league Trophy in 2008. Over recent years the use of surfer flags within Old Trafford has been restricted until recently, when Manchester United have given us permission for their return.

Over the last few weeks we have been seeking Manchester Uniteds fan designs and ideas for a new Old Trafford surfer flag. Ideas and designs were received from fans the world over. Our main remit, was for a design that conveyed the history and tradition of Manchester United and a design that would inspire the players and fans alike for the big games.

Club legend Gary Neville became aware of this project and offered his guidance and support on an image that he felt would be fitting for the club and would inspire the players. Gary stated that the image of the Busby Babes last ever line up from the game at Red Star Belgrade in 1958 was used in the Manchester United dressing room to give inspiration to the players. Gary suggested that the design should be based around this picture and that we should aim to have the flag produced in time for the 55th anniversary of the Munich air disaster in February.

Following this suggestion by Gary, design ideas continued to come forward via the SEF Twitter @sef_mufc and via our Facebook page as well as by email and on our Flag Design Forum.

From these designs a shortlist of 6 ideas were sent to Gary for his consideration. We are pleased to announce that Gary Neville has chosen the following design (see picture) and we will aim to have this surfer flag in place on the lower tier of the Stretford End at the Everton home game on February 10th.

Our aim is for this flag to be a size of 20×30 metres which would make it one of the largest supporters flags ever seen in Britain and would cover the middle section of the Stretford End lower tier. We would like to thank the XG-GROUP for their support in providing a competetive price and delivery schedule for this flag and look forward to working with them on this project.

In order to fund this banner, it has been agreed that funding will be split 3 ways between, SEF, Gary Neville and Manchester United. SEF rely on supporter donations to fund our banners and flags and Manchester United fans can donate towards this surfer flag via paypal payment to stretfordendflags@hotmail.com or info on how to donate by cheque can be found on our donation page.

We hope that flag will be used for all of the big Manchester United home games and that it will inspire the players and fans alike onto more glory, whilst paying tribute to the Babes and their part in the history and tradition of our Football Club.

Click here to donate to Stretford End Flags.

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