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Manchester United to name Old Trafford stand after Bobby Charlton

The unveiling of the new name will take place at United’s home game against Everton on 2 April.

Bobby Charlton
Bobby Charlton
Image: EMPICS Sport

MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE announced that they’ll pay tribute to Bobby Chartlon by naming the South Stand at Old Trafford after the club legend.

Charlton, 78, is regarded as one of the greatest players in United’s history. He joined the club as an apprentice in 1953 and made his debut in October 1956 — which was the first of 758 appearances, during which he scored a record 249 goals.

The decision to name the stand — which contains the only original part of the 1910 stadium infrastructure — after Charlton comes 60 years after he made his debut. The unveiling of the new name will take place at United’s home game against Everton on 2 April.

Now a director at the Premier League club, Charlton was capped 106 times by England. His playing career yielded a World Cup medal at international level, as well as three League titles, one FA Cup and a European Cup with United.

“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,” Charlton told Manchester United’s official website.

“Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams.

Old Trafford The South Stand at Old Trafford, which is soon to be renamed after Bobby Charlton. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

“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.”

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