Bill Foulkes – The captain who kept Manchester United alive

by jonnyescott

On the 8th anniversary of the death of Manchester United great George Best, the club has been rocked with another death of one of their former legends – ex Captain and Busby Babe Bill Foulkes sadly passed away this morning.

Born in St Helens in 1932, Foulkes made 688 appearances over a 17 year period at the club with only Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton and Paul Scholes making more appearances for the club.

Capped by England on just the one occasion, the domineering centre back was a survivor from the fatal Munich air disaster but he recovered from his injuries and captained the club to the FA Cup final that very same year against Bolton Wanderers where they were unfortunately beaten 2-0.

He was just as important to the survival of United after the crash as Jimmy Murphy was and he captained the side in the 1968 European Cup triumph a decade later to complete what the Busby Babes had set out to do beforehand.

The death comes as a massive shock to the club on the day they were looking to remember the late Best who died back in 2005.

Rio Ferdinand led the tributes on twitter labelling Foulkes as a ‘great servant to the club’ while Sir Bobby Charlton had this to say about Bill.

“I was always glad I didn’t have to play against him. He was a really good defensive player and you could say helped change the course of United’s history.”

This is what other United fans had to say on Twitter.

Rest in peace, Bill.

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