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Institute remembers journalist colleagues who died in the Munich air crash


Release time: 6 February 2008

The Chartered Institute of Journalists remembers the lost lives of journalists colleagues who died in the Munich air crash in 1958.

While the world knows all too well about the many footballers that died on the fateful flight, not many are aware of the journalists that died, too. They were:

Alf Clarke, Manchester Evening Chronicle

Don Davies, Manchester Guardian

George Follows, Daily Herald

Tom Jackson, Manchester Evening News

Archie Ledbrooke, Daily Mirror

Henry Rose, Daily Express

Eric Thompson, Daily Mail

Frank Swift, News of the World

Of a press corps of nine journalists who accompanied the team back from Munich, eight died when the plane crashed. The sole surviving journalist was Frank Taylor, Northern Correspondent for the News Chronicle, who died in 2002, aged 80.

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Press contact: Dominic Cooper, tel. 0207 252 1187, email

Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ), 2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 2XU. Website

Notes for Editors:

Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.