Sir Bobby Charlton tribute by Ashington AFC to be emotional for Colliers manager, a relative of the England legend
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Skinner said: “I got a phone call just before midday from my dad who let me know the sad news that Sir Bobby had passed and we got a couple of hours to get our heads around it as a family.
"Everybody is fully aware that he was Manchester based but probably the only time I saw him in recent years was at family funerals.
"You just need to look at the outpouring of grief and condolences from all around the world to show what a gent Sir Bobby was and I think Manchester United display a banner in their stadium about him that reads ‘born in Ashington, made in Manchester.’”
He continued: “Sir Bobby left Ashington as a 15-year-old and made a life for himself in Manchester, but he never forgot his roots.
"In 1989 he brought the Manchester United team to Ashington to help out financially and he did a talk-in at the Comrades club in the town where all of the proceeds went to Ashington Football Club.
"His passing is a big loss to the family and to the footballing world.
"I am sure Sir Bobby will be remembered. He was one of our own.”