Funeral of 'Busby Babe' Bill Foulkes

St Helens Star: Bill Foulkes. Picture courtesy of Manchester Evening News Bill Foulkes. Picture courtesy of Manchester Evening News

THE funeral will take place today 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’.

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

His former team-mate, Sir Bobby Charlton, is expected to speak at the service, according to the Manchester Evening News, and numerous other United officials will attend.

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.

 

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