|Full name:||Alexander Matthew Busby|
|Date of birth:||May 26, 1909|
|Date of death:||January 20, 1994|
|Clubs played for:||Manchester City, Liverpool|
|Clubs managed:||Manchester United|
Busby signed for Manchester City as a 17-year-old in February 1928, making his debut 18 months later in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. He made more than 200 league appearances for the club before joining Liverpool for £8,000 in March 1936.
He played war time football for several clubs, but didn't return to Anfield after the hostilities ended.
He made only one official appearance for Scotland, against Wales in Cardiff in October 1933, losing 3-2. Although he played seven times for his country against England in war time internationals, these were not recognised in the official records.
International Career Stats
After turning down the assistant manager post at Liverpool at the end of World War II, Busby was appointed boss of Manchester United in February 1945. He didn't officially begin his new role until October of that year, but it was worth the wait. His eventual 24-year stint at the club's helm saw them emerge as a giant of domestic and European football, and sealed Busby's place in history among the greatest British managers of all-time.
Busby acted as caretaker manager of Scotland for two games in 1959. Perhaps his most notable contribution was to give Denis Law his international debut against Wales.
Manchester City 2-1 Portsmouth (FA Cup final, April 28, 1934)
Matt Busby collected his only honour as a player when he helped Manchester City win their first major trophy for 30 years. It was third time lucky for Busby as he had twice been on the losing side in FA Cup finals (1926 and 1933) as City came from behind against Portsmouth at Wembley to win 2-1, thanks to two goals from Fred Tilson.
Manchester United 3-1 Leicester (FA Cup final, May 25, 1963)
Coming just five years after the Munich tragedy that wiped out the Busby Babes, this win, arguably more so than any other, signalled the rebirth of Manchester United. In truth, the Reds were very much second favourites on the day. United had finished the season fourth from bottom in the First Division; Leicester fourth top. But the form book was turned on its head as the men from Old Trafford won 3-1 with two goals from David Herd and one from Denis Law.
Manchester United 4-1 Benfica (European Cup final, May 29, 1968)
Ten years after almost losing his life in the Munich air disaster, Matt Busby achieved his holy grail of European Cup success with United. His team were worthy winners, in a match that was actually more closely fought than the 4-1 scoreline would suggest, and the post-match pictures of him embracing George Best are among the most enduring images of the 1960s.
|Manchester City||FA Cup||1934|
|Manchester United (as manager)||League Championship||1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1964-65, 1966-67|
|FA Cup||1948, 1963|
Did You Know...?
Along with BB King and Doris Day, Matt Busby is mentioned on the Beatles song Dig It, on the Let It Be album.
It was Matt Busby who coined the nickname 'Red Devils' and added the motif to the club's shirts. He had seen the name being used by a Salford rugby team and decided it perfectly summed up Manchester United.
Matt Busby's Scottish accent was so thick that a census taker once misheard and listed his occupation as "fruit boiler".
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