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Sir Bobby officially opens a new road named in honour of Man Utd team mate Albert Scanlon

26th June 2014                                        

Scanlon Lane group (left to right): Greg Scanlon, Sir Bobby Charlton, Steve Close (Chief Executive of Together Housing), Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart and Frank Mondino - Keepmoat Area Director for the North West.

Scanlon Lane group (left to right): Greg Scanlon, Sir Bobby Charlton, Steve Close (Chief Executive of Together Housing), Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart and Frank Mondino - Keepmoat Area Director for the North West.

MANCHESTER United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has officially unveiled a new roadnamed in honour of fellow “Busby Babe” and Reds team mateAlbert Scanlon in Pendleton.

Albert’s son Greg Scanlon said his familyare “incredibly proud” to have Scanlon Lane in Albert’s “beloved” Salford named after his father. Salford wasthe place Albert called“home” and raised his three children after retiring from professional football.

Scanlon Lane has been built as part of Pendleton Together, a £650 million regenerationproject which is breathing new life into Pendleton, and is within Pendleton One - the first phase of a 293 new build development of affordable family homes for sale and rent.

Pendleton Together, a consortium made up of Together Housing Group, community regeneration specialist Keepmoat and Salford City Council, will see more than 1,600 new energy efficient homes built and more than 1,250 existing council-owned properties improved.

This will be a very different Pendleton to the Pendleton Albert knew from his time living just down the road in Langworthy.Born into a working class family in Hulme, 15-year-old Albert was signed to the Old Trafford clubwhen he left school. He won two FA Youth Cups in 1953 and 1954 and helped United to two league titles in 1956 and 1957.

The forward was feared for his thundering left foot and blistering pace and scored 34 goals in just 115 appearances.

In 1958 he survived the Munich disaster, in which 23 people died when a plane carrying players and officials came off the runway at the German airport – eight ofhis team mates perished in the tragedy.                                                            

Despite sustaining severe injuries, Albert made a full recovery and went on to feature in all 42 league games for the Reds the following season. His professional football career continued with Newcastle United, Mansfield Town and Lincoln City, before he retired from the game in 1966.

Settling in Salford in 1970, Albert married June and had three children Greg, Gina and Chris. Outside of his football career Albert held a number of different jobs including a security guard at the Colgate-Palmolive factory close to Old Trafford. Albert passed away in December 2009, aged 74.

His eldest son Greg, who was born after his dad retired from the professional game, said: “My dad lived in Salford for many years, he would have been delighted that he has had his name put on the map and that a street has been named after him.”

Greg has many fond memories of his dad and growing up in the footsteps of a footballing hero. He said: “Dad always had time for everyone, he was so popular in the area - people would always be stopping us in the street to say hello and talk to him about football.

“One of my fondest memories is when my dad took me to United’s European Cup Final appearance in 2008 in Moscow.The game marked the 50th anniversary of the Munich disaster. We were flown to Moscow and given the full VIP treatment by United. It was just amazing to be a part of that.

“Sir Bobby was dad’s friend as well as a team mate. He lodged with my nan and grandad when he first moved to Manchester from Newcastle, and he spoke at dad’s funeral.

“Today is such a proud moment for our family - we are absolutely over the moon. We are so happy that Sir Bobby Charlton is here and has agreed to officially open Scanlon Lane in memory of dad. It’s such an honour.”

Sir Bobby Charlton joined Albert’schildren and grandchildren, Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart and representatives from Pendleton Together on Wednesday 25 June at a small private ceremony to officially open Scanlon Lane.

Sir Bobby said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to take part in this ceremony, and I know Albert would have been deeply honoured to have his name associated with such an important development. Albert was extremely proud of his roots in the area and would be delighted that this project is improving the lives of so many local people.”

Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sir Bobby to Pendleton. Scanlon Lane honours the memory of a famous Salfordian, who was extremely popular with local people, and we are pleased to be able to name one of the new streets in the regeneration area after Albert.

“We have worked closely with the local community on deciding the names of the new streets in Pendleton. I would like to thank Cllr John Warmisham local member for Langworthy and a Red born and bred for coming up with this fitting tribute.”

Salford City Mayor Ian Stewart said: “This is a proud day for the Scanlon family and for the city of Salford.

“Albert was a real hero in Pendleton, a true family man and it is fitting that he should be remembered forever in this way.

“The resilience he showed to recover from the terrible injuries he suffered in 1958 remains a shining example to us all and shows that Albert Scanlon embodied the Spirit of Salford.”

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