History of the Memorial
By suggestion of the catholic parochial community an information sign is placed at the field cross by the building directorate Munich:
„To commemorate the victims of the airplane catastrophe of 06.02.1958, which included part of the soccer team of Manchester United, as well as all traffic casualties of the community of Trudering.“
City councilman and member of the Bavarian state parliament Hermann Memmel writes senior mayor Christian Ude, asking for a worthy memorial site.
Sir Bobby Charlton, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Hermann Memmel set down a wreath at the memorial site.
6. February 2002
On the occasion of the 44th anniversary ManU general manager Kenneth R. Merrett and Hermann Memmel set down floral arrangements. In a discussion that took place before the visit of the memorial site Manchester United, FC Bayern München and the state capital Munich agreed that a worthy memorial site should be created.
30. January 2003
Memmel, also on the administration advisory council of FC Bayern, suggests to create the memorial site on a property that’s within the area of the plane crash.
The city provides the desired property and Manchester United provides suggestions for the memorial stone which is then realized as specified.
On the occasion of the inauguration of the memorial on 22. September 2004 Sir Bobby Charlton, senior mayor Christian Ude, Hermann Memmel and Karl Heinz Rummenigge are present.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the catastrophe senior mayor Christian Ude, Sir Bobby Charlton and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge visit the new memorial. Furthermore, fans of Manchester United conduct a solemn vigil and the flag delegation of Trudering’s associations honor the victims.
By request of the county committee Trudering-Riem the square where the memorial stands is redesignated to „Manchester Place“, so that in the future visitors can find the square on maps and GPS systems. This initiative was led by Maren Salzmann-Brünjes and Günther Götz.
The memorial is integrated into the „Cultural History Walkway Trudering-Riem“ of the state capital Munich. David Hole and Dr. Mark Salzmann successfully champion the cause in the culture committee of the BA 15, ensuring that the Manchester Place is mentioned in the „Cultural History Walkway Trudering-Riem“ of the state capital Munich that is realized in 2010.
The Red Docs Munich officially take charge of the care for the memorial and visiting fans. Since members of the fan club were already caring for the memorial, the fan club and it’s members are excited about this idea. Early 2014 this is made official.
The memorial is placed in the „Erlebniswelt“. Thanks to Hermann Memmel’s commitment a copy of the memorial is placed in the FC Bayern „Erlebniswelt“. On the occasion of the 57th anniversary Sir Bobby Charlton and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge inaugurate the display.
With their new website the Red Docs Munich launch a documentation around the memorial with an online gallery showing all items laid down at the memorial and more, to honor the Busby Babes and their fans.