Corkman Noel Cantwell recalls the rebuilding of the Manchester United team after the Munich air crash and captaining the side to an FA Cup win.
During his career Noel Cantwell played for West Ham and Manchester United, as well as the Republic of Ireland soccer team. He recalls his Manchester days in this radio interview with Fergal Keane. Manager Matt Busby bought him in 1960, when he was rebuilding the team after the Munich airplane crash of 1958, which killed eight players. According to Cantwell, Busby bought a number of players, including a young George Best.
Cantwell was Manchester United captain when they won the FA Cup final in 1963, beating Leicester City 3–1 at Wembley.
Leicester were favourites to win it in actual fact, and I think Leicester were going for the double. But we were always played in flashes and we always thought that Wembley would suit us.
The image above shows Cantwell holding the FA Cup on the train back to Manchester on 26 May 1963. Photo by Keystone / Stringer. © Getty Images.
Noel Cantwell died on 8 September 2005 in Cambridge. He was 72 and living in Peterborough, where he had been manager of Peterborough United twice, from 1972 to 1977, and again from 1986 to 1988. He also ran the New Inn Pub in the city.
This interview is from 'In Profile', broadcast on 29 August 1996.