Read a poignant piece of United history

Goals in both halves from Shay Brennan and a further effort from Alex Dawson saw the Reds progress to the next round of the competition, but the result paled into insignificance compared to the magnitude of the fixture.

“Some indication of the task facing Murphy was that when the programme was printed for the first game after the crash, the Manchester United team consisted of eleven blank spaces,” recalls Parkinson.

“Remarkably, the names Murphy fitted in around four of the players who survived – Harry Gregg, Bill Foulkes, Dennis Viollet and Bobby Charlton – took the team to Wembley.

“In all the history of English football, there is no story more inspiring than Murphy’s achievement of getting United to the final of the FA Cup.

They might have lacked the glitter of the others but it would be difficult to name another who so courageously battled against overwhelming odds.”

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