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Eamonn Holmes has taken to social media to pay tribute to football legend Sir Bobby Charlton.
News of Sir Bobby Charlton’s death broke earlier this afternoon; he was 86.
Eamonn posted a picture of himself with Sir Bobby and son Jack to his 801,000 followers on Instagram with the caption: ”I made the mistake of playing in Goal against him once and letting him take shots.”
“He was in his 60’s. I saved the first one, which was also the last one, as the Force of it carried the Ball and me over the line.”
Before signing off: “Ouch #RIPSIRBOBBY” followed by three rolling eye emojis.
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Fans were quick to take to the comment section, where they also offered their condolences.
One wrote: “What a legend. Many footballers names are forgotten with time…..but not Sir Bobby RIP,”
A second added: “Legends never die. Rip sir Bobby. You bought so much joy.”
And a third penned: “Lucky enough to have seen him play at Old Trafford with my Dad. Even luckier to have met him he was a true gentleman.”
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Sir Bobby Charlton was part of the team that took England’s 1966 football team to World Cup victory, a performance that has yet to be repeated.
Eamonn is a lifelong fan of Manchester United, a club in which Sir Bobby played 758 games and scored 249 goals during his 17 years at the club.
Sir Bobby’s family confirmed the news that he had died in a statement earlier today.
It read: “It is with great sadness that we share the news that Sir Bobby passed peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“He was surrounded by his family. His family would like to pass on their thanks to everyone who has contributed to his care and for the many people who have loved and supported him. We would request that the family’s privacy be respected at this time.”
Other celebrities that have paid tribute to him include Gary Lineker who posted on X: “Deeply saddened to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has died.
“A truly wonderful footballer and genuinely lovely man. A World Cup winner, @ManUtd great and, for me, England’s greatest-ever player. He may no longer be with us but he’ll have footballing immortality. RIP Sir Bobby.” (sic)
Gary Neville also posted: “So sorry to hear the news of Sir Bobby Charlton.
“The Greatest English Football player and Manchester United ’s greatest ambassador. A champion on and off the pitch and a Busby Babe that paved the way for all to come at United. Rest In Peace, Sir Bobby.”
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