SIXTY years ago this week, the Dearne Valley lost one of its most celebrated sons in the horror of the Munich Air Disaster.
Now we are calling for Mark Jones, one of Manchester United’s Busby Babes, to be honoured with a memorial plaque in his home town of Wombwell.
We have written to United to formally request that the Red Devils follow the lead of city rivals Manchester City, who recently agreed to fund a blue plaque in Mexborough for England international Eric Brook, City’s all-time record goal scorer until last year.
Mark (pictured), who was 24 when he died, played 120 times for United after signing in 1948.
He is buried at Wombwell Cemetery in a grave featuring a stone football in tribute to his sporting prowess, and his name is one of 11 etched into the football-pitch shaped memorial plaque at United’s Old Trafford ground.
A wreath from the Premier League giants was among the floral tributes at his grave this week.
United marked the 60th anniversary of the disaster with a service at the memorial on Saturday, and players and fans stood in silence before the match against Huddersfield Town kicked off.
Wombwell councillor Richard Wraith said he would welcome the idea of a public plaque for the town’s most famous footballing son.
He added: “It’s definitely something I would support. A lot of people know about Mark and what happened to him — I remember being a kid when it happened.
“I think he lived in Summer Lane so maybe that would be a good spot for it, but it may be better on the High Street.”
Mark Jones went to Darfield Foulstone School before signing for United and a brass plate memorial was displayed at the school until it closed under the merger with Wombwell High School to form Netherwood ALC.
It is understood the plaque is now in the collection at Darfield’s Maurice Dobson Museum.