Manchester United fans flock to Old Trafford to pay tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton after death aged 86

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Manchester United fans have gone to Old Trafford to pay tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 21/10/2023

- 18:07

Updated: 24/10/2023

- 07:55

The former midfielder died on Saturday morning after a battle with dementia

Manchester United fans have already started to flock to Old Trafford to pay tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton.

The Red Devils icon died at the age of 86 on Saturday.

Charlton was a key player for United, helping the club win three First Division titles - as well as the European Cup in 1968.

A survivor of the Munich Air Disaster, he also propelled England to World Cup glory in 1966.

Sir Bobby Charlton

A picture of Sir Bobby Charlton outside Manchester United's Old Trafford ground


United have drawn up several plans to pay tribute to Charlton.

The club will wear black armbands in their Premier League clash with Sheffield United on Saturday night.

The pre-planned minute's silence will also be expanded in his honour, too.

A book of condolence will be open to fans and members of the public to sign from 10am tomorrow.

And United are in talks over a potential tribute to Charlton prior to their Champions League clash with Copenhagen on Tuesday.

But fans have already started to turn up at Old Trafford to pay their respects.

Some supporters brought flowers, while others carried red and white scarves.

Tributes have been centred around the Holy Trinity Statue of Charlton - as well as former team-mates George Best and Denis Law.

Best died back in November 2005. Law is currently battling dementia at the age of 83.

A picture of Charlton wearing the club's colours has been put up outside the ground, too.

United confirmed the death of their former midfielder earlier on Saturday, saying: "Manchester United are in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club.

"Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world.

"He was admired as much for his sportsmanship and integrity as he was for his outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game.

"A graduate of our youth Academy, Sir Bobby played 758 games and scored 249 goals during 17 years as a Manchester United player, winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup.

"For England, he won 106 caps and scored 49 goals for England, and won the 1966 World Cup.

"Following his retirement, he went on to serve the club with distinction as a director for 39 years.

"His unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will be forever etched in the history of Manchester United and English football; and his legacy will live on through the life-changing work of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation.

"The club’s heartfelt sympathies are with his wife Lady Norma, his daughters and grandchildren, and all who loved him."

Charlton's family said in a statement of their own: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"He was surrounded by his family.


Sir Bobby Charlton Manchester United

Sir Bobby Charlton is being mourned by Manchester United fans after his death at the age of 86


"His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and for the many people who have loved and supported him.

"We would request that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”

Charlton leaves behind wife Norma Ball, who he married in 1959.

The couple have two daughters named Suzanne and Andrea.

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