Born on 11th of October 1937
(full name and title: Sir Robert Charlton, CBE)
Born: October 11, 1937
Sir Bobby Charlton is one of the best known and most loved English professional footballers of all time. He is one half of one of football's most famous sibling pairs along with his brother Jack Charlton.
Bobby Charlton signed for Manchester United at the tender age of 15 on New Year's Day 1953. He soon became known as one of 'Busby's Babes', a collection of young and talented players guided by United's manager Sir Matt Busby. In the 1956-57 season Charlton made his first team debut, coincidentally against Charlton Athletic. In that season he appeared 14 times as Manchester United won the League Championship and just missed out on the double after losing to Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final.
In the next season Manchester United mounted a serious campaign for the European Cup. After a successful quarter final tie in Belgrade, the players boarded the plane home. The plane stopped to refuel in Munich in worsening weather and disaster struck when the plane attempted to take off again. The plane crashed on the runway and careered into a nearby house, which immediately caught fire. Bobby was pulled, unconscious, from the plane by team mate Harry Gregg who thought him to be dead. Charlton survived, but the crash had led to the death of eight players.
Charlton soon returned to football and helped Manchester United rebuild after the tragedy. His twenty years as a player at Manchester United saw him make 756 starting appearances and he has been with the club for a staggering half a century! He remains closely involved with the club as a director.
Charlton was selected for England in 1958 and scored three goals in his first two internationals. He was a part of the 1958 World Cup Squad but was not selected to play in any of the matches.
His finest moments in an England shirt came when he played in the 1966 World Cup Final for England for England's only World Cup triumph. In 1968, he scored twice in the European Cup Final victory against a Benfica side containing the legendary Eusébio.
Charlton appeared for England in the 1970 World Cup shortly before retiring from international football. To 2008 he is the third most capped player of all time behind Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton. He is still England's all time record goal scorer with 49 goals.
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