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Joe Armstrong (1894 – 1975) succeeded Louis Rocca as chief scout of Manchester United F.C. after World War II. Many of the youth players that made their debut from the early 1950s onwards are a tribute to his scouting skills. United's teamsheet at that time consisted of such players as Eddie Colman, Liam Whelan, David Pegg and Albert Scanlon. Whelan and Pegg both gained international recognition, but along with Colman died in the Munich air disastermarker on 6 February 1958. Scanlon, meanwhile, survived and continued his playing career until well into the 1960s.

Early in 1953, Joe Armstrong signed a young 15-year-old Bobby Charlton, who went on to become one of the greatest players in the world, being part of Manchester United's European Cup winning team of 1968 and the 1966 England World Cup winning team.

Another notable signing was Duncan Edwards, who broke into the Manchester United first team at the age of 17, was capped for the England team at 18, and gained two Football League championship medals as well as 18 England caps before he died two weeks after being injured in the Munich crash.

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