6th February 1958: The day the footballing universe stood still

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In February 1958, Manchester United suffered one of the grimmest fates ever to befall a sports team. Eight of the club’s players were killed in an accident at Munich-Riem Airport in West Germany.

The stadium of Old Trafford overlooks the surrounding buildings like a monument to commercialism and authority. Every match brings more than 76,000 fans to the home of Manchester United,one of the most dominant team in world football’s most popular league. Some 12,000 of them sit behind one goal in the East Stand – also home to the Manchester United Megastore, a 1,600 square metre jungle of red shirts, scarves, posters and merchandise operated by Nike, the club’s commercial partner. Images and advertisements for Nike products regularly adorn the stand’s tinted glass exterior.

A few moments’ walk from the Megastore doors is the corner of the stadium where the East and South Stands meet. On the curved wall is…

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