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Manchester United renames stand after club legend Charlton

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Wayne Rooney of England is awarded his 100th cap by Sir Bobby Charlton prior to during the EURO 2016 Qualifier Group E match between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Manchester United is doing some special for “the most iconic figure in English football history”.

The South Stand at Old Trafford will be unveiled as the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand at the April 2 match against Everton.

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Charlton, 78, is revered for his on-field heroics between Manchester United and England. He finished his career for Preston North End and Waterford United. He made more than 600 appearances for United, and has 106 England caps.


“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 deserved honor is fittingly the oldest stand at Old Trafford. Congrats to Charlton on a crowning achievement in his Red Devils career.

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