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Jeff Whitefoot, the “Busby Babe”, dies at 90

Jeff Whitefoot, the “Busby Babe”, dies at 90

Former Manchester United player Jeff Whitefoot, one of the original ‘Busby Babes’, has died aged 90, the club have announced.

Whitefoot won the First Division title twice under Sir Matt Busby, in 1952 and 1956, before claiming the FA Cup title with Nottingham Forest in 1959.

The England Under-23 winger became United’s youngest ever league debutant when he was given the opportunity, aged 16 years and 105 days, in April 1950.

He left the club for Second Division side Grimsby after losing his place in the team in November 1957, three months before the Munich air disaster which killed eight of his United team-mates.

He returned to the top flight with Forest the following year and made 285 appearances for the City Ground side before retiring in 1967. He later ran a grocery shop and then a pub.

A United statement said: “There were few more astute and accurate passers of the ball in England than Jeff in the mid-1950s.

“May he rest in peace, with a special place in the club’s folklore long assured.”

Forest said in a statement: “Everyone at Nottingham Forest is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jeff Whitefoot, aged 90.

“Jeff spent nine years at The City Ground between 1958 and 1967, and was the last surviving member of the team that lifted the famous FA Cup in 1959.”