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Bobby Charlton is without doubt one of the most famous English players
of all time. His name is synonymous with some of the greatest moments in
the English game, but also with the highest traditions of sportsmanship
and integrity. Bobby using his pace out of midfield and with a thunderous
shot, scored some of the most spectacular goals English football has ever
seen. Born in Ashington on October 11th 1937, he was signed by Manchester
United when aged 17. As one of the "Busby Babes" to survive the Munich
air disaster, he teamed up with Denis Law and George Best in the 1960s
to produce some of United's greatest ever football.
Charlton remained faithful to United and in his time there from 1956-73,
he won the league championship three times, the FA Cup once and the European
Cup once. Benfica was beaten 4-1 in a memorable final in 1968 at Wembley.
All in all Charlton played more than 750 games for Manchester United and
scored 247 goals in all competitions. He was also voted "European Footballer
of the Year" in 1966. The same year England hosted and won the World Cup
for their first and so far only time.
Charlton was instrumental in England's triumph. After a poor start against
Uruguay, England beat France and Mexico. Charlton scored a stunning goal
against the Central Americans. Then Argentina and Portugal were eliminated
in the knock-out stages, with Charlton scoring both England's goals in
the 2-1 win over Portugal. In a memorable final England beat West Germany
after extra time. Charlton retired from international football when England
were defeated by West Germany four years later in Mexico in the quarterfinals.
Charlton played 106 times for England - a record at that time - and scored
49 goals, which is still a record in English football. Having retired from
all football in 1973 he became manager of Preston NE, worked as director
of Wigan Athletic, and in 1984 was appointed director of Manchester United.
He was awarded a CBE in 1974 and a knighthood in 1994. He is currently
working as ambassador for Manchester United.
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