Nobby Stiles’ funeral takes place in Manchester as tributes paid to England hero

Nobby Stiles' funeral took place in Manchester on Thursday, with Bryan Robson, Brian Kidd and Paddy Crerand among the mourners.

The hearse carrying the Red Devils and England legend passed Old Trafford as Stiles – who won the World Cup with England in 1996 – was laid to rest.

Stiles died on October 30 at the age of 78 following a long illness.

As well as his success with England, former midfielder Stiles was also part of the United side which became the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968.

Stiles' funeral took place at Manchester Crematorium Southern Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, the hearse going past Old Trafford en route from the family home in Salford.

“Nobby was one of the great characters of football and not just Manchester United. Everything was a laugh with Nobby,” said Paddy Crerand, 81, who made just shy of 400 appearances for the Red Devils between 1963 and 1971, winning six trophies, and paid his respects outside Old Trafford.

“On the pitch he made tackles you would get arrested for today, never mind sent off. But he was a terrific footballer and did not get the credit of just what a good player he was.

“He was a very, very under-rated player, maybe not by Manchester United fans, but he was respected by every player he played against.”


There is also expected to be a tribute to Stiles at Wembley ahead of England's friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.

Former midfielder Stiles, who had 28 international caps, also won league titles with United in 1965 and 1967, before leaving Old Trafford in 1971.

Stiles went on to play for Middlesbrough and Preston.

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He later managed the Lilywhites between 1977 and 1981, was coach at Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps and then West Brom between 1985 and 1986.

He returned to United as a youth team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson in 1989 for a four-year stint, working with the famed 'Class of 92'.

Later in life, Stiles suffered a series of health issues, including a dementia diagnosis.

In 2010, after a mini-stroke, Stiles decided to sell his medals in order to leave something to his family.

United bought them for £200,000 and the medals are now housed in the club's museum.

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