Geoffrey Bent (27 September 1932 – 6 February 1958) was an English footballer who played as a full-back. He was one of the eight Manchester United players who lost their lives in the Munich air disaster.
Bent in March 1957
|Full name||Geoffrey Bent|
|Date of birth||27 September 1932|
|Place of birth||Irlams o' th' Height, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, England|
|Date of death||6 February 1958(aged 25)|
|Place of death||Munich, Bavaria, West Germany|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He joined United as an apprentice on leaving school in the summer of 1948. After several seasons playing in the reserve and youth sides, he became a professional in 1951 and over the decade made 12 league appearances as full-back cover for Roger Byrne on the left and Bill Foulkes on the right. He made his first senior appearance in the 1954–55 season.
He did not play any first-team games during the 1957–58 season, having been on the sidelines for several months with a broken foot, and only travelled to Belgrade as cover for Roger Byrne – who had not been expected to play in the match due to injury, but still did.
He was survived by both of his parents as well as his wife and daughter, who was five months old at the time of his death.
His widow Marion contributed to a 1998 ITV documentary, Munich: End of a Dream, which marked the 40th anniversary of the tragedy.
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- Keeling, Neal (2 September 2015). "Criminals clean up neglected grave of Busby Babe Geoff Bent killed in Munich Air Disaster". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
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- The Team That Wouldn't Die, John Roberts (1974)