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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Gentlemen who avoid controversy, remain married to the same person for years without a hint of scandal, whose inclusive nature means they always say the right thing, who prefer to help rather than criticise, are rarely considered great subject matter for a 300-odd page book, but not Sir Bobby Charlton.
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Rooney is at the third position in United's highest scorer, 25 goals behind second placed Dennis law and 37 behind the highest-ever scorer Sir Bobby Charlton, the report added.
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