GALLERY: Football legends in town

Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney poses with the English Premier League trophy on a double decker bus during the soccer team’s English Premier League victory parade outside Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England May 13, 2013. MANCHESTER UNITED’S BRYAN ROBSON (LEFT) AND PAUL INCE (RIGHT) F.A. CUP SEMI-FINAL 1994 AFTER ROBSON SCORED AGAINST OLDHAM ATHLETIC
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Manchester United captain Denis Irwin, fresh from a long flight from England to Australia, ponders over a question during a news conference in Melbourne July 14, 1999.

Manchester United captain Denis Irwin (L) and his Australian Socceroo counterpart Alex Tobin (R) pose with the Challenge Cup at a news conference in Melbourne July 14, 1999

Manchester United’s Denis Irwin (L) jumps against Leeds United’s Mark Viduka in their FA Premiership game at Elland Road in Leeds, March 3, 2001. Leeds United and Manchester United drew 1-1.

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson lifts the Premier League trophy following the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester,

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (C) lifts the English Premier League trophy at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, northern England May 12, 2013.

Socceroos V Manchester United at the MCG. Manchesters Denis Irwin and Mark Bosnich

20 May 1990: Bryan Robson of Manchester United and Manager Alex Ferguson celebrate after their victory in the FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Manchester United won the match 1-0 after extra time.

ONE of the greatest trophies in world sport will visit Newcastle on Monday, along with its own security team and two former football greats.

The official English Premier League trophy will be carried into Newcastle City Hall by a delegation from football super club Manchester United, which will play in Sydney next week.

Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy will meet with Manchester United ambassadors Denis Irwin and former team captain Bryan Robson.

Robson joined Manchester United in 1981 and went on to become the famous club’s longest-serving captain. He captained the team to three FA Cups and a European Cup.

Irwin is still regarded by the club’s former manager Sir Alex Ferguson as one of the club’s greatest ever players. The Irish-born Irwin played fullback for Manchester United in an 18-year career that ended in 2004.

Cr McCloy will host a civic reception at 1pm on Monday before the cup and club ambassadors travel to Broadmeadow for a football coaching clinic.

Manchester United will play a friendly match against a team of all-stars from the Australian A-League on July 20 before what is expected to be a sold-out crowd at Sydney’s Telstra Stadium.

Former Weston junior and Newcastle Breakers star Nigel Boogaard and Jets defender Connor Chapman will turn out for the A-League squad.

Star striker Wayne Rooney was yesterday ruled out of the Manchester United line-up with a hamstring injury.