Bobby Charlton

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Charlton, Bobby

(Sir Robert Charlton), 1937–, one of the most celebrated of all English soccer players. Famous for his graceful athleticism, powerfully accurate kick, and sportsmanlike behavior, Charlton was (1954–73) a forward for Manchester United, making his pro debut in 1956. He survived the 1958 Munich plane crash that killed eight of his teammates and went on to lead and inspire Manchester, which during his tenure won three league championships (1957, 1963, 1967), the Football Association Cup (1963), and the European Cup (1968). Charlton also played (1957–73) on England's national team, appearing a record-breaking 106 times and sparking the team's 1966 the World Cup victory. He managed (1973–75) Preston North End and became a director of Manchester United in 1984. He was knighted in 1994.


See his My Soccer Life (1965) and The Game of Soccer (1967).

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The Red Devils announced yesterday that the South Stand is to become the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand as a mark of respect to one of the club's all-time greats.
Rooney, 29, will never have a better chance to become England's record scorer in the Euro double header with San Marino and Switzerland as he needs just two more to beat Sir Bobby Charlton.
With the possible exception of Bobby Charlton, he was England's top player and feared by the Germans because he always delivered on the big occasion.
To do it, a player would have to be very successful at a European Championship or World Cup as Bobby Charlton was," Hodgson said after the 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying victory over Lithuania at Wembley on Friday.