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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It's not only their ability, it's what they achieved in the game, and of course Bobby Charlton was the member of a World-Cup winning team, which Wayne's not yet.
Sir Bobby Charlton, founder of Find a Better Way, said: This funding from HM Treasury will help to achieve the aspirational goals we set out when we launched the charity over four years ago.
Amputee Carol Forshaw, left, <Bhas welcomed pioneering research funded by the charity founded by football legend Sir Bobby Charlton, above
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Bobby Charlton known as the Busby Babes after manager Matt Busby and their youthfulness - helping United win the football league in 1957.
LEGENDS: From left, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Bobby Robson, Sir Alex Ferguson and singer Mick Hucknall; EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE: Sir Bobby Robson
A STATUE of Manchester United's 'Holy Trinity' of Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law has been unveiled at Old Trafford.
But as the first half wore on England started to show their class and World Cup hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst fed Bobby Charlton for the opener in the 39th minute.
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton is England's top scorer with 49 goals.