Much-Cited United: Busby Babes in Madrid

In the second episode of 'Much-Cited United', Harry Robinson looks at a European Cup semi-final between the 'worldly' Real Madrid of the 1950s and the Busby Babes.

It's April 11th and on this day in 1957, Sir Matt Busby took his young Manchester United side to play the European champions, Real Madrid. Los Blancos were too good for the Reds and won 3-1.

Through the lens of that game, Harry chats to the brilliant Roy Cavanagh MBE, an author of numerous football books, interviewer of United greats and United fan from birth. Roy remembers the 1956/57 season and takes us through United's first ever European campaign.

We talk Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards, Bobby Charlton, Billy Whelan and more.

If you enjoy this show, we’d recommend buying and reading John Ludden’s brilliant book on United and Real Madrid’s relationship ‘A Tale of Two Cities’. Also look out for our partner podcast United Through Time - the Manchester United history podcast.


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