Manchester United announce plans to rename Old Trafford’s South Stand in honour of Sir Bobby Charlton

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United have announced plans to rename Old Trafford’s South Stand in honour of club legend Sir Bobby Charlton.

The 78-year-old is Man United’s all-time leading scorer with 249 goals in 758 appearances, winning three league titles, one FA Cup, and the European Cup during his time with the club.

Charlton was also a member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad which was the same year he won the Ballon d’Or.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward earlier confirmed that the South Stand will be renamed against Everton on 2 April 2016 before kick-off.

Talking to Woodward said: “Bobby is, quite simply, the most iconic figure in English football history. A player, a diplomat, a gentleman and a tireless worker for charity, he represents everything that is good about football and Manchester United.

“It has been a privilege to know him and humbling to work alongside him for the last 10 years. Renaming the South Stand, which contains both the Directors’ Box and the old players’ changing rooms, is a fitting tribute to all that Bobby has contributed to the club both as a player and a director.”

Sir Bobby said: “This is a great honour and I am very proud – for myself and my family – that the club has chosen to name the South Stand after me. Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams. As a player, I remember the goals and the marvellous players I played with. As a director, I have seen some outstanding matches and players. It is a special place indeed.

“I would like to thank everyone connected with Manchester United. So many people work so hard to keep us at the top; their effort should never be forgotten. But most of all, I would like to thank Norma, my wonderful wife, and my family for the support and encouragement they have always provided. This is for them.”

The timing of the announcement reeks of a press release style attempt from the club to appease frustrated fans but nevertheless it’s still great to hear Sir Bobby will soon have a stand named after him.

Sir Bobby and Sir Alex will then both have statues and stands at Old Trafford as a testament to how much they did for the club, and so they should.

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