This phenomenal photo shows the moment the late Sir Bobby Charlton stepped out onto a pitch at Timperley Sports Club one day in 1980.

The Messenger received it from Graham Place, from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, after Sir Bobby died at the age of 86 last weekend.

According to Mr Place, Sir Bobby was a part of a Manchester United and Manchester City All-Star XI including other legends like Colin Bell, Denis Law, Nobby Stiles and Mike Summerbee.

In his 40s at the time, Sir Bobby retired a number of years earlier from a career which saw him survive the Munich Air Disaster, a crash which claimed the lives of eight of his teammates, then which saw him win multiple First Division titles, an FA Cup, a European Cup and a World Cup.

Messenger Newspapers: England and Manchester United legend Bobby Charlton has died, aged 86

A director at Old Trafford for almost 40 years, he was diagnosed with dementia in later life, something which was announced a number of years ago with the blessing of his wife Lady Norma.

He died last weekend while surrounded by his family.

A family statement said: "It is with sadness we share the news Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday. He was surrounded by his family.

"His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and to the people who have loved and who have supported him."

Messenger Newspapers: Sir Bobby Charlton

A Manchester United statement said: "Manchester United are in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club.

"Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world."

Prince William, president of the Football Association, said: "Sir Bobby Charlton. First Division Champion. European Champion. World Champion. Gentleman. Legend. A true great who will be remembered forever. Thank you Sir Bobby. W."

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