Manchester United today paid tribute to one of the club’s most decorated legends as they unveiled the newly-renamed Sir Bobby Charlton stand.
The south stand, facing the already rebranded Sir Alex Ferguson stand, was presented in a special ceremony at the club’s ground on Sunday ahead of their Premier League match against Everton.
Present at the unveiling were Chartlon and his wife Norma – along with third wheel Ed Woodward – as Old Trafford paid tribute to one of its finest ever representatives:
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Chalton is rightly revered as a legend by Manchester United. Making his senior debut in late 1956, he went on to make 606 appearances for the club, scoring 199 goals (a record which is yet to be beaten).
He survived the 1958 Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight of his teammates. He was part of the side that won the 1968 European Cup, as well as the World Cup with England two years previously.
In terms of individual success, he was named Football Writers Player of the Year in 1966, the same year he won the illustrious Ballon d’Or award.
He was named in Pelé’s FIFA 100 – a list of the 125 greatest living footballers – in 2004, and was awarded a knighthood in 1994.
The entire stadium joined in the chorus of appreciation on Sunday, coming together to form a mosaic that took up the entire north stand as well as waving flags all around the stadium:
A wave of applause and wall of red. A fitting tribute to an Old Trafford legend.