Bert Whalley

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Bert Whalley
Personal information
Full name Herbert Whalley
Date of birth (1913-08-06)6 August 1913[1]
Place of birth Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Date of death 6 February 1958(1958-02-06) (aged 44)
Place of death Munich, West Germany
Playing position Half-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Stalybridge Celtic ? (?)
1934–1946 Manchester United 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Herbert Whalley (6 August 1913 – 6 February 1958) was a footballer for Manchester United from 1934 to 1946, later serving on the coaching staff at the club. He died in the Munich air disaster in 1958, at the age of 44.

Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, Whalley first played for Stalybridge Celtic before transferring to Manchester United on 7 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. After chief coach Jimmy Murphy officially became assistant manager to Busby in 1955, Whalley was promoted to the role of chief coach.

Whalley 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.[2]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  2. ^ Walker, Graham (24 April 2011). "United: 'Honoured' to be in Busby Babes TV drama, says Ashes star Dean Andrews". Sheffield Telegraph. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 29 April 2011.

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