We are very proud to share this extremely rare image which captures a unique part of Manchester United history.
It is a fitting day, too. This is the 21st anniversary of the day United won the treble in 99. Managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, on Sir Matt Busby’s birthday, and achieved with the never-say-die attitude instilled into the club by Jimmy Murphy.
In 1989, three years after Ferguson became manager, Murphy sadly passed away; but the last function he attended at Old Trafford was a former player’s dinner where some of the 1948 FA Cup winning team were present. It was at this meeting that the final photographs of Busby and Murphy together were taken; but even rarer than that is this image which shows the pair with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ferguson confessed that seeking Murphy’s advice was one of the first things he did as manager. Now it is great to see an image of the three men together, the three men who are arguably most responsible for shaping the entire history of Manchester United.
The image was sent to WeAreTheBusbyBoys owner, Manchester United author Wayne Barton, when he was working on his biography of Jimmy Murphy which was published in 2018. The photographer was the esteemed Frank Wilson, who often attended these events, and was able to capture this remarkable moment in history.
As far as we are aware, no other photograph exists of the three of them together, making this a truly rare image in the history of the club. Ferguson and Busby rightly deserve every accolade given to them, but Murphy deserves just as much credit for how he saved the club and kept it on the right path after the Munich Air Disaster. Additionally, the Welsh coach had a legendary impact on the development of the Busby Babes.
To see them all together is as magnificent as it is rare.