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Bert Whalley

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Full nameHerbert Whalley
Date of birth6 August 1912
Place of birthAshton-under-Lyne, England
Date of death6 February 1958(age 45)
Place of deathMunich, Germany
Playing positionMidfielder

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Herbert "Bert" Whalley (6 August 1912 6 February 1958) was a footballer for Manchester United from 1934 to 1946, later serving as coach for the club. He died in the Munich air disaster in 1958 at the age of 45.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, Whalley first played for Stalybridge Celtic before transferring to Manchester United on the 7th May 1934. He made his debut for Manchester United in 1935 as a left-half. The war years prevented him from making more than the 35 appearances he ultimately accrued. Upon Matt Busby's appointment as manager in 1945, Whalley was made first-team coach.

He was played by actor Dean Andrews in the 2011 television drama United, which centred on the successes of the Busby Babes and the decimation of the team in the Munich crash.

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