New banners for Charlton and Law

Saturday 18 December 2021 11:00

Two of Manchester United’s greatest-ever players have been honoured with new banners inside Old Trafford.

Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, heroes of Sir Matt Busby’s fabled European Cup-winning side, are already acknowledged throughout the Theatre of Dreams.

Both feature, alongside George Best, in the famous United Trinity statue on the stadium’s forecourt, while Law is also immortalised with a statue inside the Stretford End concourse.

Of course, Sir Bobby also has the privilege of having a stand named after him at the ground, but now the pair – with 1,162 United appearances and 486 United goals between them – join the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ryan Giggs and Best in boasting their own dedicated banners.

Fans’ group Stretford End Flags are behind the new installations, which are stationed either side of the scoreboard at the Stretford End.

Law’s banner reads ‘Denis Law: The King of the Stretford End’, while Sir Bobby’s recognises his north-east upbringing and United rearing, proclaiming: ‘Born in Ashington, made in Manchester’.

Unfortunately, United fans won't be able to see them in the flesh just yet, with Saturday's home game against Brighton postponed due to COVID-19 cases in the United squad.

However, club photographer Ash Donelon was in position to snap some great images and videos.

Born in Ashington, made in Manchester Video

Born in Ashington, made in Manchester

See Sir Bobby's new banner being unveiled...

Stretford End Flags usually request donations from fans to go towards the production costs of their banners. However, this time Denis and his daughter Diana have requested that supporters contribute to the Alzheimer's Society instead, following the news earlier this year that the 81-year-old had been diagnosed with mixed dementia.

In November 2020, it was revealed that Sir Bobby also had the disease.

United fans can show their support by donating to the charity via the dedicated JustGiving page.

King of the Stretford End Video

King of the Stretford End

Watch this brilliant timelapse video of Denis Law's banner and statue, shot by United photographer Ash Donelon...

Eventually, the banners will be auctioned off with the money being split between the Alzheimer's Society, the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation and the Denis Law Legacy Trust.