Man Utd icon Sir Matt Busby was listed as ‘fruit boiler’ in Census blunder

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby was once listed as a ‘fruit boiler’ in a hilarious Census blunder.

Busby guided United to the 1968 European Cup, while is also adored by the blue half of the city.

He was playing at Manchester City when the 1931 Census was being filled in and was asked his occupation.

Reports say that one council official had no idea who Busby was when knocking on his door to collect his Census.

And it’s believed found it so difficult to understand Scotsman Busby’s thick accent, mishearing ‘footballer’. So Busby’s occupation was instead recorded as ‘fruit boiler’.

Other reports suggest that the official did not believe somebody could class ‘footballer’ as an occupation, so instead put down ‘fruit boiler’.

Busby died in 1994 at the age of 84, though is regarded as one of football's greatest managers and the founding father of Manchester United.

A statue of him is outside Old Trafford with Busby having survived the 1958 Munich air disaster.

Speaking after United won the European Cup, beating Benfica 4-1 after extra-time at Wembley, Busby said: "This is the greatest moment of my life, the fulfilment of my dearest wish to become the first English club to win the European Cup.

"I'm proud of the team, proud of Bobby Charlton and Billy Foulkes [Munich survivors] who have travelled the long road with me."

Busby also had a spell at Liverpool during his playing days, while he took charge of Great Britain at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

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