Manchester United are set to honour club legend Nobby Stiles by having a street named after him.
It was 50 years ago that Stiles helped England win the 1966 World Cup after they defeated West Germany in the final with the former midfielder photographed after the match dancing with the Jules Rimet trophy in one hand and his false teeth in the other.
The former midfielder, now 73, is battling Alzheimer’s having been diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago.
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On May 13, a street in Collyhurst will be changed from Sundell Street to Nobby Stiles Drive in honour of the former United star.
Stiles played 395 times for the Red Devils over the course of 11 seasons and helped them to win the First Division twice, the FA Cup once as well as the 1968 European Cup.
World Cup triumph
But he will always be remembered for the World Cup triumph half a century ago.
Stiles played in a defensive midfield role, protecting the back-four, throughout the tournament. In the semi-final he successfully man-marked Portugal legend Eusebio in a match that the Three Lions won 2-1. He then played a key role in the final, helping England lift their only World Cup to date on home soil.
Two years later, his United side reached the European Cup final at the same stadium, Wembley, and Stiles was asked to do a job on Eusebio yet again. For the second time, he kept him quiet as United romped to a 4-1 victory after extra-time.
The street that’s soon-to-be-named Nobby Stiles Drive is close to St. Patrick’s Primary School in Collyhurst - the school Stiles attended as a child.
John Flanagan (not the Liverpool player, but the councillor for Miles Platting, Newton Heath and Collyhurst) said, per the Manchester Evening News: “I am delighted and proud to announce that one of my heroes, Nobby Stiles, is to be honoured by Manchester council in recognition of his life and achievements as a footballer for Manchester United.
“He also represented England 28 times.
“It is fitting that our national hero will have a street named Nobby Stiles Drive near to St Patrick’s School in Collyhurst, where he went to school and learnt to play football,” Flanagan added.
Of course, Stiles isn’t the first United legend to have something named after him. Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton have a stand named after them at Old Trafford while the road that the stadium is located is Sir Matt Busby way.
It just begs the question, what are they going to name after Louis van Gaal if he wins the FA Cup this season?