On Monday, a multitude of supporters gathered along the Old Trafford streets to honor the late Sir Bobby Charlton, who passed away at the age of 86 in October.
The funeral service for the late Sir Bobby Charlton unfolded at Manchester Cathedral after his passing at the age of 86 in October. A solemn procession from Old Trafford to the cathedral drew crowds paying their respects to the 1966 World Cup winner, with poignant sentiments like ‘Forever Loved’ adorning the stadium. Dignitaries such as Gareth Southgate and The Prince of Wales attended the funeral.
Recalling the legacy of Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson spoke at the ceremony, describing him as a “fantastic man.” The cortege, tracing its route from Old Trafford to Manchester Cathedral, was accompanied by a multitude of onlookers. Over 1,000 people gathered for a private service in the cathedral to honor Charlton, whose distinguished career included being a key figure in England’s 1966 World Cup victory.
Among those present were former Manchester United players like Paul Scholes, Roy Keane, and Ryan Giggs. Sir Alex Ferguson, paying homage to Charlton, expressed, “He was a fantastic man. I was at United because of Bobby Charlton, no question about that.” The former United chief executive, David Gill, and Charlton’s grandson, William Balderston, delivered the first eulogy.
The service featured a musical tribute led by opera singer Russell Watson with “How Great Thou Art.” Reflecting on the somber event, Ferguson praised the moving tribute by Charlton’s grandson and acknowledged the speakers for their commendable contributions.
Current Manchester United players, including Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw, joined the gathering, and England manager Gareth Southgate paid his respects. The Prince of Wales, serving as the president of the Football Association, was also in attendance. Notably absent was Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag, attributed to a prior commitment in the Netherlands described by the club as “unbreakable and long-standing.”
Sir Alex Ferguson and and his wife was also in attendance to pay their last respect.
Roy Keane was also in attendance.