How Sir Bobby will be celebrated on Sunday

Friday 27 October 2023 16:59

The life of Sir Bobby Charlton will be celebrated at Old Trafford on Sunday, with a series of tributes before the 191st Manchester derby between United and City.

The East Stand window will be dressed with banners remembering the club icon, and the centre circle will be covered with a commemorative banner before kick-off. 

As the respective teams walk out of the tunnel, fans in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand will be asked to raise pieces of paper above their heads to build a giant mosaic.

The paper will be recycled after the match and supporters are asked to leave it under their seats at full-time, if they do not wish to take it home as a memento.

Watch our footage of the banners being prepared.

At the same time as the mosaic, a giant surfer banner will be unfurled across the Stretford End.

The banners are being created by fans’ group Stretford End Flags and you can see them in production via the video above.

The players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute's applause ahead of kick-off, with stadium announcer Alan Keegan announcing the start and end. 

Former players of United and City will be present on the pitch for the minute's applause.

United Review to honour Sir Bobby


The new issue of our iconic programme is an in-depth celebration of the great Sir Bobby Charlton.

Sunday's United Review leads with a simply beautiful cover image of the boy from Ashington and, inside, pays our respects to the 1966 Ballon d'Or winner with an in-depth, 28-page tribute to his life and legacy.

You can read Erik ten Hag's thoughts and an interview with homegrown Marcus Rashford. On page 22, Sir Alex Ferguson has also supplied a marvellous eulogy on his great friend, Sir Bobby.

Manchester demonstrates it is a city united


The red and blue halves are coming together in honour of Sir Bobby Charlton.

MUTV’s programming is all about Sir Bobby from 10:30 BST, too, including our documentary The Greatest, tribute show Remembering Sir Bobby and five matches from the archive. 

Remember, you can still sign our online book of condolence here

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