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Roger Byrne

Manchester United FC

33 caps, 0 goals

P 33 W 20 D 6 L 7 F 90: A 48
70% successful

1954-57

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
3000

Profile

Full name Roger William Byrne
Born 8 September 1929 in Manchester, Lancashire [registered in Manchester North, Lancashire, December 1929]. To William Henry & Jessie.
Attended Abbey Lea Junior School and Burnage Grammar School, Gorton

Birth notes

Believed to have been born on 8 February, but this is an error. Various sources state September, which is confirmed by his birth registration.
Married to Joy W. Cooper [registered in Ashton, Lancashire, June 1957]. Joy and Roger's first child was born eight months after his death.

Notes

According to passenger lists, Roger Byrne left Southampton for New York on the Queen Elizabeth, a Cunard White Star ship, on 30 April 1952. Amongst the 1196 was the entire Manchester United FC squad.
Died 6 February 1958 in Flughafen München Riem, Kirchtrudering, West Germany, aged 28 years 151 days [registered in the Index to Air Deaths, 1958].
One of 23 fatalities of the Munich Air Disaster, one of four England players. Funeral Service held at Flixton Parish Church, Cremated in Blackley cemetery, Lancashire.
Height/Weight 5' 9", 11st. 7lbs [1960].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies Roger Byrne: Captain of the Busby Babes - Iain McCartney (2 December 2000)

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career playing school football in Manchester and later joined Ryder Brow Boys Club from the Gorton area of Manchester. Signed for Manchester United in March 1949, where he remained until his untimely and tragic death, making 245 league appearances, scoring seventeen goals.
Club honours Football League Champions 1951-52, 1955-56, 1956-57; FA Cup runners-up 1956-57;
Individual honours Football League (six appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 727th players (728) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 285, 3 April 1954, Scotland 2 England 4, a British Championship and World Cup qualification match at Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow, aged 24 years 207 days.
Last match No. 317, 27 November 1957, England 4 France 0, a friendly match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 28 years 80 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1954;
British Championships
1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1957-58;
Team honours British Championships winners 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57, shared 1955-56, 1957-58;
Individual honours England B (three appearances)
Distinctions Played in 33 consecutive matches from his debut in 1954.  Probably would have gone on to appear in more matches, but for his untimely death.

On 6th February 1958 the airliner carrying players and backroom staff of Manchester United, plus a number of journalists and supporters, crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from Munich airport. United were returning from Belgrade where they had just beaten Red Star Belgrade in the European Cup and had stopped off at Munich for re-fuelling. Twenty-three of the forty-four passengers on board the aircraft lost their lives. - Munich Remembered and Never Forgotten - Munich58.co.uk

 

Roger Byrne - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Pens Capt. Disc.
33 33 15 33 0 0 3000 0 0 min 0 2 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Roger Byrne - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 13 12 0 1 48 16 +32 0 3 3.692 1.231 92.3 +11
Away 18 8 5 5 36 24 +12 3 4 2.00 1.333 58.3 +3
Neutral 2 0 1 1 6 8 -2 0 0 3.00 4.00 25.0 -1
All 33 20 6 7 90 48 +42 3 7 2.727 1.455 69.7 +13

 

Roger Byrne - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 31 18 6 7 84 46 +38 3 7 2.71 1.484 67.7 +11
Red 2 2 0 0 6 2 +4 0 0 3.00 1.00 100.0 +2
All 33 20 6 7 90 48 +42 3 7 2.727 1.455 69.7 +13

 

Roger Byrne - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
WCF 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
World Cup 4 2 1 1 12 10 +2 0 1 3.00 2.50 62.5 +1
British Championship 12 8 2 2 33 15 +18 0 3 2.75 1.25 75.0 +6

Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 18 11 3 4 49 25 +24 3 3 2.722 1.389 69.4 +7
All 33 20 6 7 90 48 +42 3 7 2.727 1.455 69.7 +13

 

Roger Byrne - Match Record - Tournament Matches
World Cup Preliminary Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1953-54 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
WCP All 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1954 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
WCF All 3 1 1 1 8 8 =0 0 1 2.667 2.667 50.0 =0
World Cup Preliminary Competition & Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1953-54 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
WC All 4 2 1 1 12 10 +2 0 1 3.00 2.50 62.5 +1
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC/WCP 1953-54 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2 0 0 4.00 2.00 100.0 +1
BC 1954-55 3 3 0 0 12 4 +8 0 1 4.00 1.333 100.0 +3
BC 1955-56 3 1 1 1 5 3 +2 0 1 1.667 1.00 50.0 =0
BC 1956-57 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 0 0 2.00 1.00 83.3 +2
BC 1957-58 2 1 0 1 6 3 +3 0 1 3.00 1.50 50.0 =0
BC All 12 8 2 2 33 15 +18 0 3 2.75 1.25 75.0 +6
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 4 2 1 1 12 10 +2 0 1 3.00 2.50 62.5 +1
BC 12 8 2 2 33 15 +18 0 3 2.75 1.25 75.0 +6
Note that the 1953-54 records of the World and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.
All 15 9 3 3 41 23 +18 0 4 2.733 1.533 70.0 +6

 

Roger Byrne - Match History
 Club: Manchester United F.C. - 33 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 33 full capsx

Age 24
1 285 3 April 1954 - Scotland 2 England 4, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC/
WCP
AW Start 2
2 286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Beograd tour AL Start 2
3 287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest AL Start 2
4 288 17 June 1954 - Belgium 4 England 4, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel WCF ND Start 2
5 289 20 June 1954 - England 2 Switzerland 0, Wankdorfstadion, Bern AW Start 2
6 290 26 June 1954 - Uruguay 4 England 2, Sankt Jakob Stadium, Basel NL Start 2
Age 25
7 291 2 October 1954 - Northern Ireland 0 England 2, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AW Start 2
8 292 10 November 1954 - England 3 Wales 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start 2
9 293 1 December 1954 - England 3 West Germany 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 2
10 294 2 April 1955 - England 7 Scotland 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 2
11 295 15 May 1955 - France 1 England 0, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes, Paris tour AL Start 2
12 296 18 May 1955 - Spain 1 England 1, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid AD Start 2
13 297 22 May 1955 - Portugal 3 England 1, Estádio do Futebol Clube do Porto, Oporto AL Start 2
Age 26
14 298 2 October 1955 - Denmark 1 England 5, Idrætsparken, København Fr AW Start 2
15 299 22 October 1955 - Wales 2 England 1, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AL Start 2
16 300 2 November 1955 - England 3 Northern Ireland 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start 2
17 301 30 November 1955 - England 4 Spain 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 2
18 302 14 April 1956 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD Start 2
19 303 9 May 1956 - England 4 Brazil 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 2
20 304 16 May 1956 - Sweden 0 England 0, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län tour AD Start 2
21 305 20 May 1956 - Finland 1 England 5, Olympiastadion, Helsinki AW Start 2
22 306 26 May 1956 - West Germany 1 England 3, Olympiastadion, Berlin AW Start 2
Age 27
23 307 6 October 1956 - Northern Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start 2
24 308 14 November 1956 - England 3 Wales 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HW Start 2
25 309 28 November 1956 - England 3 Yugoslavia 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 2
26 310 5 December 1956 - England 5 Denmark 2, Molineux Ground, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton Fr HW Start 2
27 311 6 April 1957 - England 2 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 2
28 312 8 May 1957 - England 5 Republic of Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London tour HW Start 2
29 313 15 May 1957 - Denmark 1 England 4, Idrætsparken, København AW Start 2
30 314 19 May 1957 - Republic of Ireland 1 England 1, Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin AD Start 2
Age 28
31 315 19 October 1957 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Sloper Road, Cardiff BC AW Start 2
32 316 6 November 1957 - England 2 Northern Ireland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London HL Start 2
33 317 27 November 1957 - England 4 France 0, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HW Start 2

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