THE STORY OF DUNCAN EDWARDS
Duncan Edwards had featured for Manchester United 175 times despite being just 21 years of age, and scored 21 goals as a half-back. Signing for the club as a teenager, he became the youngest player to play in the first division, before becoming England's youngest player ever only surpassed by Michael Owen in the nineties. Despite his promising career - which saw him labelled as potentially one of the best in the world - he won two league championships and reached the semi-finals of the European cup in less than five years. Rushed to the Rechts der Isar Hospital with multiple leg fractures, fractured ribs and severely damaged kidneys, it was expected he would survive, but may never play football again. With an artificial kidney used, his ability for blood to clot was reduced while internal bleeding affected him greatly. He was noted to of asked Jimmy Murphy, "What time is the kick off against, Wolves, Jimmy? I mustn't miss that match". But despite his improving conditions, he died in the early hours on the 21st February 1958.