Manchester United have announced that the iconic ‘south stand’ at Old Trafford will be re-named after club legend and record goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton.
Charlton, who is now a club director played for United, 758 times scoring 249 goals in the process – a club record which is currently being chased down by current United captain Wayne Rooney, who sits on 244 club goals.
Charlton was a key member of the United squad between 1956 and 1973 including helping himself to four league titles as well as the European Cup in 1968 – 10 years on from the Munich air disaster.
The 78-year-old said it was a “great honour” for him and explained how much the club has meant to him on and off-the-football field. Charlton was also a member of the 1966 World Cup winning squad with England, and until September 2015, had hold of the England goalscoring record with 49 until Rooney edged past.
United vice-chairman Ed Woodward was one of the first to praise Sir Bobby about the announcement. He 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.”
Charlton added: “Manchester United has been such an important part of my life and I have so many wonderful memories of this Theatre of Dreams.”
“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 unveiling will happen on April 2 when United host Everton at Old Trafford, with iconic people in Charlton’s life joining him in the day of celebration.
The south stand contains the only remaining part of the 1910 stadium infrastructure and also has the directors box in.