You don't need to be an England or even a Manchester United football supporter to have been saddened by the revelation of Sir Bobby Charlton's diagnosed dementia. The announcement yesterday follows the death in July of his older brother Jack, and that of another 1966 World Cup winner Nobby Styles. Both men had also been suffering from dementia.
When aged only 20, Sir Bobby survived the 1958 Munich air disaster in which 23 people perished, including eight of his Manchester United team-mates. He won three League titles, a European Cup and an FA Cup during his 17 years at Old Trafford.
He ended his playing days with Preston and Waterford.
Sir Bobby (83) is the fifth member of the World Cup winning side to have developed dementia.
His wife Lady Norma hopes that making his condition public may help others. The thoughts of everyone, both inside and outside football, will be with Sir Bobby and Lady Norma and their family today, and in days to come.