It was fifty years ago today- Tuesday January 14, 1969- Manchester United manager Matt Busby announced that he would retire from managing the team at seasons end. Busby had been the gaffer at Man United since October 1945 and had managed 1,120 matches winning 565, losing 292 and drawing 263. Manchester United won 13 trophies with Man United including- 5 First Division titles and 2 FA Cups and in 1967-68 the European Cup.
Busby had started his career back in 1928 as a player for Manchester United- he played eight seasons at Man U before finishing his playing career at Liverpool – his career ended due to World War II. After retiring at the end of 1968-69 season he did make one comeback but that was just a temporary one-when his replacement as manager Wilf McGuinness was sacked in late December 1969- Busby finished out the season before retiring for good. He lived until 1994 dying at the age of 84.
Sir Matt Busby is mentioned in The Beatles song “Dig It” from their Let It Be album- John Lennon sings his name right after Doris Day in the short song. I had no idea when I first heard the song who Matt Busby was. Doing a little research I found out he was a legendary English football manager.
The Beatles- “Dig It”
A like a rolling stone
Like the FBI and the CIA
And the BBC, BB King
And Doris Day
Dig it, dig it, dig it
Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it