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15th Feb 2016

Manchester United announce Old Trafford South Stand will be renamed for Sir Bobby Charlton


Kevin Beirne

Manchester United have confirmed the iconic South Stand of Old Trafford will be renamed the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand on April 2.

The announcement was made on Monday, with the club planning to unveil the new name at the home game against Everton in just under two months’ time.

Charlton joined United as an apprentice in 1953, making 758 appearances for the Red Devils and scoring 249 goals – a record which still stands today, although Wayne Rooney is just five goals shy of equalling it.

The decision to re-name the stand is a fitting tribute to one of the most influential players in the history of English football and will no doubt please fans.

The South Stand is the only stand to contain some of the infrastructure from the original 1910 stadium.

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Speaking about the announcement, Charlton 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.”