Manchester United FC news: Red Devils to rename stand after legendary player

first_img Sir Bobby Charlton 1 Old Trafford’s South Stand will be renamed in honour of the Manchester United’s record scorer, Sir Bobby Charlton.The Red Devils announced on Monday that the South Stand is to become the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand as a mark of respect to one of the club’s all-time greats.Charlton joined United in 1953 and made 758 appearances, scoring a record 249 goals. The 1966 World Cup winner won the league four times during a 17-year career at Old Trafford and was part of the 1968 European Cup winning side.Now a director at the club, the 78-year-old – who was also England’s record goal scorer until Wayne Rooney beat his milestone of 49 goals last year – 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 renamed stand will be officially unveiled prior to Manchester United’s clash with Everton on April 2.And executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was delighted to reveal the honour, 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.“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.”last_img read more