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PostSubject: Returning home from Belgrade   Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:04 pm

Edwards began the 1957–58 season in good form and rumours abounded that top Italian clubs were seeking to sign him.[43] His final match in England took place on 1 February 1958, when he scored the opening goal to help United defeat Arsenal 5–4.[44] The press were critical of his performance, with the Sunday Pictorial's correspondent writing that he did not "think [Edwards'] display in this thrilling game would impress England team manager Walter Winterbottom, who was watching. He was clearly at fault for Arsenal's fourth goal when, instead of clearing, he dallied on the ball".[45] Five days later, he played his last ever match as United drew 3–3 away to Red Star Belgrade to progress to the semi-finals of the European Cup by an aggregate score of 5–4.[46]
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A gravestone almost entirely covered in floral tributes
Edwards is buried in Dudley Cemetery, and his grave still attracts many tributes from fans.

Returning home from Belgrade, the aeroplane carrying Edwards and his team mates crashed on takeoff after a refuelling stop in Munich, Germany.[47] Seven players and 14 other passengers died at the scene,[47] and Edwards was taken to the Rechts der Isar Hospital with multiple leg fractures, fractured ribs and severely damaged kidneys.[48][49] The doctors treating him were confident that he stood some chance of recovery, but were doubtful that he would ever be able to play football again.[50]



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