George Galloway leads campaign to help Manchester United and England legend Nobby Stiles

Stiles was one of the world's best defensive players during the 1960s

Nobby Stiles seen at a memorial to the Munich Air Disaster

Friday, January 27, 2017

talkRADIO presenter George Galloway is among scores of people who have tweeted messages of support for former football Nobby Stiles, and urged well-wishers to donate money to help him.

Stiles, who won the World Cup with England and the European Cup with Manchester United in the 1960s, is now suffering from dementia and a public campaign has been set up to help provide for him and his family.

He suffered a heart attack in 2002 and a stroke in 2010, which left him unable to carry on the after-dinner speaking work which was his sole source of income.

He was also diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013, and now lives in a care home.

The 74-year-old made his debut for United in the shadow of the Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of eight of the club's players in 1958. However he became a mainstay of the United team during the 1960s as a tough-tackling defender and midfielder.

In 1966 he was an integral member of the England team that won the World Cup, and claimed the European Cup with United two years later. He also won two league championships with the Old Trafford club before leaving for Middlesbrough, where he finished his career.

After retiring from playing he became a youth coach at Old Trafford, but left the role in 1993 after just four years and moved onto the after-dinner circuit.

As the financial hardship grew, Stiles was forced to sell his World Cup final shirt and his football medals, which were bought by United for £200,000. Despite this gesture of support, Stiles' family have claimed they are frustrated by the lack of contact received from the club over recent years, and even claim United forced Stiles to pay full price for match tickets in 2009 - although the club claims he has been invited to attend several gala events as a guest.

Fans have tweeted messages to current United star Wayne Rooney and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, urging them to help Stiles, while also asking why the Professional Footballers Association hasn't acted.

Read the messages of support below