Funeral of St Helens pitman and Manchester United legend to be held on December 11

St Helens Star: Bill Foulkes was United's tower of strength Bill Foulkes was United's tower of strength

THE funeral will take place next Wednesday of one of St Helens’ sporting heroes.

Bill Foulkes, who died last month at the age of 81, was a Manchester United legend and a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster which robbed United of eight of his fellow ‘Busby Babes’.

The former Nutgrove man, who earned a living down Lea Green coal pit, was spotted playing for Whiston Boys and St Helens Town and went on to become a towering centre-half who played 688 games for the Reds.

 Among his rewards was a 1968 European Cup winners’ medal.

 He leaves a wife, Theresa, two sons, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

A service will be held at St Vincent’s Church, Bowdon, Altrincham at 12.15pm on December 11 followed by a private committal.


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