Manchester united has announced that they will rename Old Trafford’s South Stand in honor of their record goalscorer and winner of the 1966 World Cup Sir Bobby Charlton.
The South Stand, which contains the only remaining part of the original 1910 stadium infrastructure, is home to the director’s box. The 78-year-old, who is currently a Club Director, joined United in 1953 and throughout his illustrious career he made 758 appearances and scored 249 goals.
Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has stated, “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”.
Charlton won 4 leagues titles and the 1968 European Cup with United and was one of the survivors of the tragic Munich air disaster, which killed eight of his tram mates in 1958. The unveiling of the new name will take place against Everton on 2 April 2016 in front of 75,000 fans, and will be attended by key figures from Sir Bobby’s life.
Sir Bobby held the honour of having scored the most goals for England, with 49 from his 106 appearances. However current United captain Wayne Rooney broke his record against Switzerland in September of 2015.
Whilst commenting on the renaming Charlton said that it was a “great honour” before adding, “Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams. Most of all I would like to thank Norma, my wonderful wife, and my family for the support and encouragement. This is for them”.
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