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Today's Anniversary Reminds Us Of Last Year's Wonderful Act By Bohemians Fans

Conor Neville
By Conor Neville
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Today is the 57th anniversary of the Munich air disaster where eight Manchester United players died and the heart was ripped out of Matt Busby's all conquering side.

Irish international Liam Whelan was one of those who died in the disaster. He had scored 26 times the season as United won the League at a canter. He was capped four times for Ireland. He was 22 when he died.

In 2006, the bridge over the railway at the Fassbaugh Road in Cabra was renamed 'The Liam Whelan Bridge' and a plaque was unveiled by former teammate Bobby Charlton and Lord Mayor of Dublin.

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Last year it was defaced by someone who daubed the message 'Munich Bastard', along with the message 'LFC' on the bridge.

The graffiti upset Liam's brother Christy who still lives in the area.

The graffiti didn't stay up for too long. Christy is a regular at Dalymount Park and his fellow Bohs supporters, along with officials from the club, took it upon themselves to perform a clean up of the bridge, covering up the offensive graffiti.

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Manchester United did not forget the efforts of Bohemians on that day and shortly afterwards they sent a gift to the club in appreciation of the efforts of their supporters.

 

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