Friends and family have paid tribute to George Fellows, a popular journalist from the Midlands who was among those to die in the Munich Air Disaster.
George, a life-long Manchester United fan, was on that fateful flight 50 years ago today which saw the deaths of 23 people, including eight United players.
Childhood friend Sid Belcher, 89, said: "I have thought every year since the crash that George needed to be remembered, it is always about the players but George was a marvellous chap who came from humble beginnings to the top of his profession.
"He was a fantastic lad and a great sportsman himself.
"George loved Manchester United and the Busby Babes were his team - he would have been honoured to be sat on that plane with them.
"We lost touch when the war started as we both served in the forces and the next I heard about him was that he had died in the plane crash.
"He was a grand fellow, a lazy devil really because he was so good at everything he did he didn't have to try very hard. I think now it is fitting he should be honoured.
"I have thought about it every year since and nobody seems to have recognised him thus far. I hope on this anniversary, we can remember those that are often overlooked in this terrible tragedy."
They met at the Great Wyrley Institute where young people went to play sports.
After leaving Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall, George completed shorthand and typing course and got a job on the Walsall Times.
In about 1935 he moved to Wolverhampton's Express & Star and was working as a reporter on the Manchester Daily Herald when he died in the crash.
Pauline Turner's mother was George's cousin and, despite having a poor memory of recent years, the 98-year-old fondly remembered a young George.
She said: "When I asked mum about George all she ever says is that he was a lovely young lad.
"I was only 12 when the crash happened and I remember my family reacting badly to it because there was a member of our family on board.
"To this day the crash is still personal to me.
"Although he was not in the public eye like the Busby Babes, it is still important that he, along with the other members of the public who were on board, are remembered."
Black Country historian Trevor McFar-lane said: "Obviously the focus will be on all the great players, but it is important to remember George Fellows because everybody tends to forget the others, which is sad really because, by all accounts, he was a great chap."