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PostSubject: subsequently destroyed    Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:05 pm

Edwards is commemorated in a number of ways in his home town of Dudley. A stained-glass window depicting the player, designed by Francis Skeat,[62] was unveiled in St Francis's Church, the parish church for the Priory Estate, by Matt Busby in 1961,[3] and a statue in the town centre was dedicated by his mother and Bobby Charlton in 1999.[63] In 1993, a cul-de-sac of housing association homes near to the cemetery in which he is buried was named "Duncan Edwards Close".[58] The Wren's Nest pub on the Priory Estate, near where he grew up, was renamed "The Duncan Edwards" in honour of him in 2001, but it closed within five years and was subsequently destroyed by arsonists.[64] In 2006, a £100,000 games facility was opened in Priory Park, where Edwards often played as a boy, in his memory.[65] In 2008, Dudley's southern bypass was renamed 'Duncan Edwards Way' in his memory.[66] A housing complex called Duncan Edwards Court exists in Manchester, among a network of streets, named after his fellow Munich victims, including Eddie Colman, Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor.[67] On 8 July 2011 a Blue Plaque will be unveiled by Bobby Charlton at the site of Edwards' former digs in Stretford.[68]

In 1996, Edwards was one of five players chosen to appear on British stamps issued as part of a "Football Legends" set issued to commemorate the UEFA Euro 1996 tournament.[69] He was portrayed by Sam Claflin in the 2011 British TV film United based on the Munich disaster.[70]

Contemporaries of Edwards have been unstinting in their praise of his abilities. Bobby Charlton described him as "the only player that made me feel inferior" and said his death was "the biggest single tragedy ever to happen to Manchester United and English football".[71] Terry Venables claimed that, had he lived, it would have been Edwards, not Bobby Moore, who lifted the World Cup trophy as England captain in 1966.[48] Tommy Docherty stated that "there is no doubt in my mind that Duncan would have become the greatest player ever. Not just in British football, with United and England, but the best in the world. George Best was something special, as was Pelé and Maradona, but in my mind Duncan was much better in terms of all-round ability and skill."[72] In recognition of his talents Edwards was made an inaugural inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.[73]



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