Former Manchester United goalkeeper and coach Jack Crompton dies

By Marios Papaloizou

Former United goalkeeper and coach Jack Crompton has died, aged 91.

Crompton spent more than 30 years with the Red Devils in a variety of roles.

Born in Hulme, Manchester, Crompton made his debut for United in 1946 and continued his playing career for 11 years, making 212 first-team appearances.

Crompton returned to United following the 1958 Munich air disaster which decimated Sir Matt Busby’s young squad.

The former goalkeeper worked at United until moving to Luton town to become a manager in 1962.

However, after just seven days, Crompton realised his heart lay in Manchester and he returned to United for nine more years and was an integral part of the backroom staff that helped United to their first European Cup triumph in 1968.

Crompton then spent three years away from the club before returning for a seven-year stint as reserve team manager in 1974.

Tributes have been made to Crompton from a variety of sources and the Manchester FA is due to publish their own tribute later today.

They have asked that any thoughts and memories that supporters wish to include be tweeted to @Manchester_FA and include #mufclegend.

Picture courtesy of Jacob and Kiki Hantla, with thanks.

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