‘You were the singular reason why I have supported Manchester United ever since 1966’
John Wilkes: “Thank you Sir Bobby Charlton for all my childhood memories, as a ten year old, of 1966. You were the singular reason why I have supported Man Utd ever since.
Unerring and so powerful, shooting with either left or right foot. I spent hours and hours in the back garden trying to emulate you. Thank you again, from the ten-year-old me.”
‘In time we have the memories and they will endure’
Nigel Smith: “My father was a United fan all his life; he died on Tuesday aged 92, following his own battle with dementia. As a child in 1968, I was allowed to stay up with my brother to watch the European Cup Final.
“One of my abiding memories of my father is him celebrating wildly as the goals went in including the two from Bobby Charlton. The tears as he and my mother spoke of the Munich air crash as the players celebrated. I was lucky to be taken by my father to see him play. A marvellous two footed player with such a tremendous shot. I am numb from the loss of my father and can well understand his family’s loss at this time. My condolences to them.
“In time we have the memories and they will endure.”
‘I will never forget being at Stamford Bridge in April 1973 when Sir Bobby played his last ever professional football match’
Hercule Smith: “I will never forget being at Stamford Bridge in April 1973 when Sir Bobby played his last ever professional football match. It was almost irrelevant that Chelsea beat Man Utd 1-0; there was only one thing that mattered that day.
“When he left the pitch the Chelsea Shed end gave him the loudest standing ovation I ever heard then give to anybody, even Peter Osgood! And richly deserved it was too. What a legend and what a professional – everybody in that stadium knew it was the end of something very special. RIP.
‘We will not see the likes of him again.’
Jane Jinks: “An incredibly sad day for football. Sir Bobby Charlton was truly one of the greatest footballers to grace the pitch. I consider myself incredibly fortunate, to be of an age, that can say that I attended matches and saw Charlton, Best, Law and the incredible team that won the European Cup in 1968.
“Bobby was a true professional, a gentleman and we will not see the likes of him again. Thank you Bobby and may you rest in peace.”
‘He was my childhood hero’
Roy Gardiner: “As for millions of others he was my childhood hero. They seemed to be “the right stuff”. They still seem so to me. Thanks for the great memories, Sir Bobby. Better people in a better time.”
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