Old Trafford's South Stand to be renamed Sir Bobby Charlton Stand
Old Trafford’s South Stand, which contains the only original part of the 1910 stadium infrastructure, is to be named after one of Manchester United and England’s greatest-ever players, United director Sir Bobby Charlton.
The unveiling of the new name will take place at the home game against Everton on 2 April 2016 in front of 75,000 fans and attended by key figures from Sir Bobby’s life and the world of football.
Sir Bobby joined United as an apprentice in 1953 and made his debut in October 1956. He went on to make 758 appearances for the club, scoring a record 249 goals.
Until recently, Sir Bobby also held the honour of having scored the most goals for England, with 49 in his 106 appearances, until United captain Wayne Rooney broke the record against Switzerland in September 2015.
Announcing the stand naming, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward 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.”
Sir Bobby 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.”