Sir Bobby Charlton, the legendary Manchester United player who passed away at the age of 86, will be honored with a funeral procession that will pass through Old Trafford on its way to Manchester Cathedral. The club has stated that this procession will provide an opportunity for fans to bid a final farewell to a true United icon. The memorial service, set to take place on Monday, November 13, at 2pm, will be followed by a private family funeral.
Over 80,000 people have signed the books of condolence for Charlton so far, and Manchester United has announced that the memorabilia placed beside the Trinity Statue at Old Trafford will be preserved in the club museum. To show their respect, fans held up white sheets in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand spelling out 'Sir Bobby'. Ahead of a Manchester derby, a minute's applause was dedicated to the beloved football figure.
In a heartwarming tribute, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson penned a moving 1,000-word eulogy for Charlton in the matchday programme. Alongside Sir Alex, several former players including Pat Crerand, Mike Summerbee, John Aston, Alex Stepney, Brian Kidd, and Tony Book stood together around a tribute plaque bearing the words: 'Sir Bobby Charlton, 1937-2023: Forever Loved'.
Furthermore, outside the ground, an outpouring of affection was evident as thousands of flowers, balloons, photos, and cards were laid around the United Trinity statue, which also includes George Best and Denis Law. The funeral procession passing through Old Trafford aims to create a fitting tribute to the remarkable legacy left by Sir Bobby Charlton, a player who will forever have a special place in the hearts of Manchester United fans.