John Aston Snr plaque unveiling

John Aston Snr

John Aston Snr will have a plaque unveiled in his honour on behalf of the PFA next week to commemorate his achievements in the game.

The unveiling will take place at Ravensbury Community School on Wednesday 23rd October at 2pm, those attending include Gordon Taylor OBE, John Aston Jr, Brian Kidd, journalist Ivan Ponting and headteacher Maureen Hughes.

After attending Ravensbury School from 1926 to 1935, John Aston senior (Snr.) signed for Manchester United as an amateur in 1937. He turned professional after the Second World War during which he served in the Middle East as a Royal Marine Commando.

Playing generally at left full-back, John, whose strength, stamina and pace where combined with great interceptive and passing abilities, was an integral part of a thrilling Matt Busby side that captured the FA Cup in 1948 and the League Championship four years later. John, who always put team before self, was capped 17 times for England.

Tuberculosis forced John to retire early in 1954. Following which he was appointed as a coach at Old Trafford and in which role two of his pupils were his own son, John, and Brian Kidd, who were team mates at Wembley in 1968 when the Busby Babes became the first English side to win the European Cup. A year earlier, John Jnr. had emulated his father by winning a League Championship with United. The pair is the only father and son combination to have won the League title with the same club. John Snr ended his 35 years at Old Trafford in 1972. He died in 2003.

The John Aston Snr plaque is being mounted by Manchester City Council on behalf of the PFA, which has in the last 3 three years facilitated similar events to honour Bolton Wanders Kenny Davenport, scorer of the very first League goal in 1888, Manchester City and England legend Frank Swift and Blackpool and England legend Jimmy Armfield. 15 children have been selected by the headteacher to represent Ravensbury Community School on the day.

The unveiling will take place on Wednesday 23 October at Ravensbury Community School, Tartan Street, Clayton, Manchester M11 4EG, 2pm start.

For further details contact Mark Metcalf on 07392 852561.