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Sunday, March 7, 1999 Published at 14:02 GMT


Sport: Football

Busby Babe Viollet dies

The Busby Babes line up before the air crash in 1958

Former Manchester United striker Dennis Viollet has died at home in the US from a brain tumour following a long illness.

Busby Babe Viollet, 65, survived the Munich air crash in 1958, which claimed the lives of so many of his team-mates.

He went on to score 178 goals in his career at the club formed a famous partnership with Tommy Taylor.

The former captain also set the club record for most league goals in a season, when he scored 32 times in 1959/60.

He was part of the league championship winning side of 1956/7 and in total made 291 appearances for the club between 1952 and 1962.

Viollet won two England caps, and after leaving United played for Stoke and Baltimore Bays in the North American Soccer League.

He then went on to coach four clubs including Preston and Crewe.



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