15 Excellent Photos Of Man Utd Legend Bill Foulkes In His Pomp

Chris Wright

25th, November 2013

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By Chris Wright

We’re sad to say that Bill Foulkes, one of the oldest surviving members of the famous ‘Busby Babes’, former Manchester United captain and bona fide one-club man, has passed away today at the age of 81, as confirmed by the club themselves.

After giving up his job down t’pits to join United as an amateur in 1950, Foulkes made his professional debut in 1952 against Liverpool and went on to rack up 688 appearances at centre-back for United (a total only surpassed by Sir Bobby Charlton, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes), being made club captain in the aftermath of the Munich air disaster (previous incumbent Roger Byrne sadly lost his life in the accident) and becoming a central figure in Sir Matt Busby’s reborn team – winning the 1968 European Cup title as well as four league titles and an FA Cup during his time at Old Trafford.

One look at him in his prime tells you all you need to know: the puffed chest, the grizzled features; the man was a mountainous presence at the heart of United’s defence. Basically, we’re talking about the Nemanja Vidic of the post-Munich era, here…

Soccer - Football League Division One - Chelsea v Manchester United

Bill Foulkes (left) poses alongside Roger Byrne, the man he’d tragically have to replace as United captain five years later, 1953

Soccer - 50th Anniversary Of The Munich Air Disaster

United players Duncan Edwards, Johnny Berry, Dennis Viollet, Bill Foulkes (fourth from left), Roger Byrne, Wilf McGuinness, Mark Jones and Billy Whelan work on their fitness by shunting the giant turf roller up and down the training pitch, 1957

Soccer - 50th Anniversary Of The Munich Air Disaster

New United captain Bill Foulkes leads his makeshift team out of the Old Trafford tunnel for their first match since the Munich Air Disaster – an FA Cup fifth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday, Feb 1958

Man Utd v Sheffield Wednesday

United’s new captain Bill Foulkes (left) shakes hands with Wednesday skipper Albert Quixall before kick-off. United beat Wednesday 3-0, 1958

Soccer - FA Cup Final - Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United - Wembley Stadium

Referee J. Sherlock looks on as Bolton Wanderers captain Nat Lofthouse (left) offers the choice of kick-off or ends to United captain Bill Foulkes (right) after losing the toss ahead of the 1958 FA Cup Final at Wembley

Billy Foulkes European Cup

United centre-back Bill Foulkes muscles in to dispossess AC Milan’s Tito Cucchiaroni during the European Cup semi-final first leg between the two sides, 1958

Soccer - Bill Foulkes File Photo

Bill Foulkes, 1958

Britain Soccer Obit Foulkes

Several surviving members of the disaster, including Sir Matt Busby, Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes, return to Munich Airport to lay wreathes in honour of the eight United team members who lost their lives the previous year, 1959

Soccer - Football League Division One - Arsenal v Manchester United

Bill Foulkes stops for a quick pre-match photo ahead of United’s Division tie against Arsenal at Highbury, 1961

Soccer - Football League Division One - Arsenal v Manchester United

United goalkeeper Harry Gregg collects the ball against Arsenal as Bill Foulkes slips over in the area, 1961

Soccer - FA Cup Final - Leicester City v Manchester United - Wembley Stadium

The Duke of Edinburgh shakes hands with Manchester United’s Bill Foulkes ahead of the 1963 FA Cup Final against Leicester City with Denis Law next in line

Soccer - European Cup - Final - Manchester United v Benfica

United’s Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes seem a little overawed by their achievement after United’s 4-1 win over Benfica in the 1968 European Cup Final

Soccer - Bill Foulkes File Photo

Bill and Nobby, 1968

Soccer - Football League Division One - Manchester United v Manchester City

Bill Foulkes follows George Best out of the Old Trafford tunnel ahead of the derby game against Manchester City, 1969

Soccer - Bill Foulkes File Photo

Bill Foulkes, 1971


(Photos: PA)

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  1. Jumbo says:

    To a true gentle giant of the game. A man sorely missed by all of Us United folk who read about his rise from the ashes of the greatest tragedy of the football club. A true inspiration to us all. May you Rest In Peace good Sir.

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