Munich disaster memorial to go to auction

Football programmes belonging to one of the journalists who died alongside Manchester United players in the Munich Air Disaster 50 years ago could fetch £20,000 when they go under the hammer next month.

Tom Jackson’s collection spans a decade of United matches from 1947 while he was football writer on the Manchester Evening News.

He was one of eight journalists killed in 1958 when the plane carrying the United football team and reporters crashed on the airport runway.

The collection has remained in the possession of his son Mike, now 62, who was 11 when his father died.

“They do bring back memories of dad, but to be honest, it’s a case of how many times you can look at them,” Mike Jackson said.

“They’ve been in a cupboard for a few years now and the anniversary year seemed the right time to sell them so someone else could enjoy them as well.”

The programmes are bound in ten volumes and include Tom’s written notes on team changes, attendances and scorers. They go on auction at Bonhams in Chester on November 19.

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