David_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7808 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2828 times:
The commemorations passed off with no interruptions (save for what sounded like maroons) for the silence - perhaps the realisation of not only the Utd loss but also of the other people on board, including Frank Swift the ex-City goalkeeper may have filtered through. I am also tempted to suggest the Utd inviting the City supporters to bring banners and scarves paying tribute to Swift may also have played a part.
The two teams were led out by a piper (the same piper that led out Utd and Everton 14 years ago after Busby's death) with 23 mascots, each baring the name of a victim with a guard of honour by the Utd reserve and youth teams; the managers laid wreaths each with both teams wearting special kits (Utd's being a 1950s replica kit with number 1 to 11 on display, and not squad numbers).
The game itself saw Utd play poorly with City well worth the win. Benjani marked his debut with a goal on half time adding to Vassel's strike in the middle of the 1st half before Carrick got a goal back in 2nd half injury time.