In 1999 Rose Cook wrote and directed the award-winning documentary ‘And Then Came Munich’
The 55 minute documentary tells the life story of the world’s greatest footballer Duncan Edwards, who tragically died on the 21st February 1958 from injuries sustained in the infamous Munich aircraft disaster which killed 8 of the magnificent Busby Babes – the wonderfully talented young Manchester United players, who, under the Management of the iconic Matt Busby, were the very best of footballing talent.
The documentary received unexpected and outstanding critical acclaim and Rose won an award for ‘Women’s Producer of the Year’
‘And ThenCame Munich’ has been the bestselling sports DVD on Amazon five years running and has raised so far in excess of £750,000 all of which has been donated to charity.
The passion Rose channelled into the documentary lead her to form The Duncan Edwards foundation to honour Duncan’s inspiring yet tragic legacy.
The aim of the foundation is to raise funds to support young people in the Dudley borough who have a great sporting ability, be it is football, cricket, tennis etc but cannot afford the training, kit or travelling expenses. We want to be able to give them the funds, advice and expertise to enable them to follow their dreams and fulfil their potential and Rose works very closely with the MMMF (Manchester Munich Memorial Foundation) and the Former Players Association.
This small charity has made great strides in Duncan’s name to improve the sporting chances and opportunities of disadvantaged young people inthe local community. Rose has devoted her time to The Duncan Edwards Foundationand her commitment and passion for the cause has seen the birth of one, soon tobe two, outstanding works of art.
Duncan gave his heart and soul and ultimately his life to the team that meant so much to him – Manchester United. However, Duncan remained a true Black Country lad who never forgot his hometown or its people.The Duncan Edwards Foundation urgently needs advertising, funds and support to ensure this beautiful play, that already has a Hollywood legend involved, is seen by as many people as possible. Duncan Edwards deserves to have his story told, and he deserves to keep his memory alive for himself, his family and for all the young children in the black country who see him as their hero.