Matt Busby | Manchester Walks

As an aspiring young footballer Matt Busby was ignored by Celtic, even though he was a Catholic, because he had spoken to Rangers. He also nurtured the greatest of players: George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law. So he journeyed south to play not for Manchester United but for the two teams that became their greatest rivals: Manchester City and Liverpool.

After the Second World War Matt Busby became Manchester United manager. But mostly we will recall the story of the man who made Manchesterunited.

The Matt Busby tour takes you through the story of the fun88 games greatest manager visiting haunts he would have known: the Midland Hotel (where Bobby Charltons testimonial dinner was held in 1972), Manchester Town Hall (Busby was in the City team that won the Cup in 1934 and celebrated here) and probably even the Brown Bull on Salfords Chapel Street, haunt of George Best, which Matt refused to name properly, purposely calling it the Green Pig, Black Cow or Brown Horse in admonishing his greatest player.

Bob Paisley won more trophies, Bill Shankly made more noise, Alf was better spoken. Next tour: Tue 26 May 2015 (106th birthday).

Meet: Malmaison, 3 Piccadilly, 11am.

It may have been the calm air of authority he carried around with him or the fact that he got things done. What a trinity, aided and abetted by the remarkable Nobby Stiles, Paddy Crerand, Tony Dunne, Brian Kidd, Shay Brennan. But nobody commanded more respect than Matt.

He was born in 1909 in a mining village in southern Scotland. There he created not one but three brilliant teams, rebuilding the club after the horrors of Munich and making them the first English winners of the European Cup. People looked up to him and did according to his bidding.

We will also hear how Manchester United got their name, visit the site where the Football League was founded in 1888 (without any local clubs) and hear why Manchester City were forced to sell all their players in 1905, United gaining the best of their cast-offs

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