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David Pegg

For other people named David Pegg, see David Pegg (disambiguation).
David Pegg
Date of birth(1935-09-20)20 September 1935
Place of birthHighfields, England
Date of death6 February 1958(1958-02-06) (aged 22)
Place of deathMunich, West Germany
Playing positionOutside left
Youth career
Manchester United
Senior career*
1952–1958Manchester United127(24)
National team
England U233(?)

David Pegg (20 September 1935 – 6 February 1958) was an English footballer and one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958.

He was born in Highfield, near Doncaster, in September 1935, one of three children born to miner William Pegg and his wife Jessie. His father also played amateur football to a high standard during the 1930s, winning a number of trophies with local football teams.

He signed for United on leaving school in 1950 and made his first team debut in the Football League First Division against Middlesbrough on 6 December 1952, aged 17.

He was the club's first-choice outside left until the final few months before the disaster (when he was displaced by Albert Scanlon) and had collected two League Championship winner's medals in the two seasons leading up to the Munich air disaster.

He was capped once for the England national football team, his solitary appearance coming in 1957.

He was tipped by many to succeed the ageing Tom Finney in the England team. Still only 22 years old when he died, he was one of the youngest people to die out of the 23 who lost their lives at Munich.

He was born in the village of Highfields, north of Doncaster and he was buried in the nearby Redhouse Cemetery. A memorial chair was dedicated in his memory at St. George's Church in Highfields and when that church was closed the chair was moved to All Saints' Church in Woodlands which now serves both villages.

Pegg's sister, Mrs Irene Beevors, contributed to a 1998 ITV documentary, Munich: End of a Dream, which commemorated the 40th anniversary of the tragedy. She, Pegg's brother and Pegg's other sister, Mrs Doreen Robinson (who now lives in Australia) visited the scene of the Munich air crash in September 2005, on what would have been his 70th birthday, to pay tribute to their brother.[1]

He was also outlived by both of his parents, though they have both since died; his father in May 1980 and his mother in August 2006. They are both buried alongside him.[2]

More than 50 years after his death, Pegg was portrayed by actor Brogan West in a BBC film, United, which was centred on the Munich air disaster.[3]


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