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Sir Bobby Charlton funeral: Man Utd and England icon laid to rest as thousands pay tribute

The football community and beyond came together to pay their respects to Manchester United and England icon Sir Bobby Charlton.

By Tom Parsons, Sam Smith

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Prince William and Gary Lineker were among the guests present to pay their respects at Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral in Manchester today (Monday). The Manchester United hero, who made 758 appearances for the Red Devils, died last month at the age of 86 and was laid to rest at Manchester Cathedral.

 

 

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Lineker and a whole host of former footballers attended the funeral service, with iconic ex-United players Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs also in attendance. Prince William was at the ceremony as part of his role as president-designate of the FA, while FIFA chief Aleksander Ceferin and the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham were also there.

 

 

Legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and current England boss Gareth Southgate attended too, as did four current United players, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Tom Heaton. But Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag couldn’t make it due to a “long-standing personal commitment” in the Netherlands that required him to leave England before the funeral.

 

The cortege began its journey by passing Old Trafford and travelling through a guard of honour made up of current United youth team players and then paused at the United Trinity statue where Charlton, George Best and Dennis Law are immortalised. The procession then headed to Manchester Cathedral for the service at 2pm UK time.

 

You can follow how Express Sport covered an emotional day, below…

 

 

Prince William was among those in attendance at Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral (Image: SKY/GETTY)

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8 months ago18:49 Sam Smith

Thanks for following

Thanks for following Express Sport’s coverage of Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral.

 

It was an emotional day in Manchester as people from across the country and beyond paid their respects to a remarkable individual.

 

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8 months ago17:44 Sam Smith

Man Utd memorabilia in the service

Man Utd shirts could be seen being worn during the service, the BBC report.

 

Many people also wore red scarves to pay their respects to Sir Bobby Charlton.

 

8 months ago16:51 Sam Smith

Funny Ferguson story recounted

Sir Alex Ferguson would wind up Sir Bobby Charlton by comparing their international caps, the service was told.

 

The former Man Utd manager would tell Sir Bobby that they shared 107 international caps.

 

Sir Bobby, of course, won 106 England caps. Ferguson played just once for Scotland.

 

Former United chief executive recounted that Sir Bobby would often scoff at the joke.

 

8 months ago16:15 Sam Smith

‘Greatest’ English footballer

Former Man Utd defender Steve Bruce has described Sir Bobby Charlton as “the greatest English footballer we’ve ever had” and as a man who “oozed class”.

 

Sir Bobby helped Bruce settle in at Old Trafford when the ex-defender signed for the club in 1987.

 

Bruce said Sir Bobby’s advice at the time was: “It’s a great club, just go and enjoy it.”

 

8 months ago15:55 Tom Parsons

Sir Bobby labelled ‘inspirational’

Former Manchester United star and current Middlesbrough manager Michael Carrick labelled Sir Bobby Charlton “inspirational” after today’s funeral service.

 

“It’s very mixed emotions today,” Carrick said. “There was a lot of celebration but it is also very sad. A lot of people know Sir Bobby for what he did as a footballer but for me it is about him as a person. It was inspirational to have some with the aura that he had. Just to be in his presence and to feel his support gave you so much confidence.”

 

8 months ago15:44 Tom Parsons

Sir Alex Ferguson talks of ‘sombre’ mood

Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave his thoughts to Sky Sports News after Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral service as he explained: “It was very sombre. One of the tributes from his grandson, I thought was fantastic.

 

“It’s not easy going up there and speaking. The speakers did a great job. He was a fantastic man. I’m here at United because of Bobby Charlton. The day I came, he supported me 100 per cent, all the way. He was totally behind me and everything we tried to do with youth. I’m here because of Bobby Charlton.”

 

8 months ago15:34 Tom Parsons

Lineker pays his respects

Gary Lineker spoke to the BBC after attending Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral this afternoon. The ex-striker said: “He was more than just a footballer in many ways. He obviously brought us a lot of success as a country [with the 1966 World Cup win] and a tremendous amount of success as a football club.

 

“But it was perhaps how he was as a person that he’ll be remembered as much as anything else. He was a kind, generous, lovely human being. He was synonymous with the word football.”

 

 

Gary Lineker spoke to the BBC after attending Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral (Image: BBC)

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8 months ago15:17 Tom Parsons

Guests are leaving

The guests are starting to leave following Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral service at Manchester Cathedral. Opera singer Russell Watson contributed to service, while Red Devils board member David Gill gave a reading. The cortege will now travel to the wake at Old Trafford. A private burial is set to take place tomorrow closer to the family home in Cheshire.

 

8 months ago15:07 Tom Parsons

Sir Bobby’s wife follows coffin

Sir Bobby Charlton’s wife Lady Norma followed the former Manchester United star’s coffin into Manchester Cathedral earlier alongside other family members. Mourners applauded as the coffin was taken into the cathedral before falling silent.

 

 

Sir Bobby Charlton’s wife Lady Norma (centre, with hat) followed the coffin into the cathedral (Image: GETTY)

8 months ago14:58 Tom Parsons

A banner to remember Sir Bobby

A touching banner to remember Sir Bobby Charlton has also been placed outside Old Trafford.

 

 

A touching banner to remember Sir Bobby Charlton has been placed outside Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)

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8 months ago14:50 Tom Parsons

Flowers at Old Trafford

Fans have laid flowers at Old Trafford as a tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton.

 

 

Fans have laid flowers at Old Trafford as a tribute to Sir Bobby Charlton (Image: GETTY)

8 months ago14:42 Tom Parsons

Service details

The private service at Manchester Cathedral is being led by Canon Nigel Ashworth. Up to 1000 guests are said to be in attendance, with the service including eulogies by family members and Manchester United representatives.

 

8 months ago14:32 Tom Parsons

Thousands turn up at Old Trafford

There were thousands of fans at Old Trafford earlier as Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral procession began. Charlton played 758 games and scored 249 goals during 17 years as a Manchester United player.

 

 

There were thousands of fans at Old Trafford earlier for Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral procession (Image: GETTY)

8 months ago14:21 Tom Parsons

Service taking place

Sir Bobby’s coffin arrived at Manchester Cathedral just after 2pm. The private service is now underway.

 

 

Sir Bobby’s coffin arrived at Manchester Cathedral just after 2pm (Image: GETTY)

8 months ago14:14 Tom Parsons

Robson pays tribute to Charlton

Manchester United icon Bryan Robson had a few kind words to say about Sir Bobby Charlton as he stopped to speak to Sky Sports outside of Manchester Cathedral. “It’s a sad day for football, for Man Utd and Sir Bobby’s family,” the ex-Red Devils captain said. “He was a fantastic player, but not just that, he was a great person.”

 

8 months ago14:07 Tom Parsons

Prince William attends service

Prince William arrived earlier for Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral service at Manchester Cathedral. The Prince is the president designate of the FA.

 

 

Prince William arrived earlier for Sir Bobby Charlton’s funeral service (Image: GETTY)

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8 months ago13:49 Charlie Malam

Old Trafford guard of honour

Thousands of fans gathered at Old Trafford where Sir Bobby Charlton’s cortege received a guard of honour formed by United academy players from their Under-18 and Under-21 teams.

 

The cortege is passing the Holy Trinity statue which is a tribute to Charlton, George Best and Denis Law.

 

 

There was a guard of honour outside Old Trafford (Image: SKY NEWS)

8 months ago13:45 Charlie Malam

Guests starting to arrive

Guests have been arriving at the Manchester Cathedral ahead of the service, which is expected to begin at 2pm.

 

Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured, is among them.

 

 

Sir Alex Ferguson arrives at Manchester Cathedral (Image: BBC)

8 months ago13:30 Charlie Malam

Sir Bobby Charlton guest list

Manchester United owners the Glazer family decided to stay away from Bobby Charlton’s funeral today for fear their presence might become a distraction.

 

The controversial owners are notable absentees along with manager Erik ten Hag who offered his apologies for being unable to be in Manchester due to an “unbreakable and long-standing commitment in the Netherlands”.

 

But the owners’ failure to be represented is understood to be in order not to create a distraction.

 

The memorial service at Manchester Cathedral will be attended by Prince William, UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin and England manager Gareth Southgate.

 

From United – Sir Alex Ferguson, David Gill, Martin Edwards, Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as a host of ex-players are here today.

 

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jonny Evans and Tom Heaton represent the current dressing room.

 

Alex Stepney, Paddy Crerand, Brian Kidd, Bryan Robson, Roy Keane and Wayne Rooney are among the former United greats in attendance.

 

Mike Summerbee, Ian Callaghan and Alan Kennedy represent other north west clubs.

 

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