Manchester, Sep 5 (IANS) The memory of Manchester United legendary football coach Matt Busby will continue to be revered in the directors box at the Old Trafford stadium despite concerns from fans about his family being moved out, according to media reports.
Following a report that the plaques on the seats used by late Busby who coached United for 45 years, and subsequently his children and grandchildren, had been removed, an online petition was started.
The plaques have been taken off the seats but the four plates bearing the name Busby have been given to the family at their request.
The Guardian in a report stated that United will have a new plaque made for the seat that Busby sat in, similar to those created to mark the achievements of Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton.
Following Busby’s death in 1994, the directors’ box seats were transferred to his children Sandy and Sheena, who both died during the 2014-15 season.
United made the seats available to Busby’s grandchildren for one more year and then offered six (three apiece) complimentary season tickets in the Bobby Charlton Stand plus free hospitality.
“The club continues to provide tickets and hospitality for the descendants of Sir Matt but with the passing of his children that hospitality will continue in the Warwick Suite,” the club said in a statement.
Amanda Eustace, one of Busby’s grand daughters, told the Manchester Evening News: “My dad always said it was a privilege to have those box tickets.
“We have been extremely grateful to United for what they have given us over the past years. We do still have season tickets, which is absolutely fantastic.”
Busby revived United after the 1958 Munich air disaster which claimed 23 lives, including eight players, and which left him was seriously injured. He went on to win the club’s first European Cup a decade later.
He also won the league title five times and the FA Cup twice and when he retired the club gave him seats in the directors’ box, where a plaque was placed to mark his achievements.