Liverpool put aside rivalry with poster tribute to Munich victims as Fergie reveals his 'hurt' on 55th anniversary of disaster
08:22 GMT, 6 February 2013
10:08 GMT, 6 February 2013
Manchester United boss Sir Alex
Ferguson has revealed how he is still affected by the Munich air crash,
55 years on from the disaster.
It comes as rivals Liverpool posted a heart-warming poster on their Facebook page paying tribute to the victims.
Accompanied by a graphic design of the famous Munich clock and a Liverpool shirt, the poster carries the words: 'We all remember. We won't forget. May their soul rest in peace, by the grace of God. You'll never walk alone.'
Tribute: Liverpool posted this picture on their Facebook page
Ferguson was 16-year-old striker at Queen's Park when eight players and 15 staff and journalists died as a result of a failed take-off on a slush-covered runway.
The 'Busby Babes', named after manager Sir Matt Busby, were returning from a
European Cup tie against Red Star Belgrade in Yugoslavia (now Serbia)
when the plane crashed on February 6, 1958.
'I've been affected since a young boy. It was a sad time,' Ferguson, 71, told BBC Sport. 'For many it's probably long forgotten but for someone like me who remembers the day, you won't forget it.'
A minute's silence will be observed at Wednesday's friendly between England and Brazil at Wembley to mark the Munich anniversary as well as victims of the recent nightclub fire in Brazil and the 20th anniversary of the death of World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore on February 26.
Gone but not forgotten: Memory of Munich victims lives on at Old Trafford
Crash scene: The snowy-covered runway in Munich
Ferguson paid tribute to those who helped rebuild the club, which went on to win the European Cup 10 years later.
'How we rose to get over that is remarkable in terms of [manager] Sir Matt [Busby] and [assistant manager/temporary manager] Jimmy Murphy and all the staff at the time,' he said.
'It was a fantastic group of young men who were destined to be great and that was the tragedy of it in how it was taken away from them.'
Tribute: Sir Alex Ferguson lays a wreath in memory of the 23 victims of the Munich Air Disaster before the Manchester derby
Memorial: The Munich clock stopped at 3.04pm, the time of the crash
And Ferguson says the event is one that should not be forgotten.
'When you were caught up in the aftermath of it and the publicity, and when the papers detailed what had happened, you couldn't help but feel that enormous loss for anyone football-minded,' he added.
'That has carried on for a long, long time and every year you have to remember that.'