Sir Bobby Charlton

2 Aug


Sir Bobby Charlton is certainly among the greatest footballers ever to play for Manchester united and England. Sir Bobby Charlton led England to world cup win in 1966.He won European footballer of the year in 1966. He survived 1958 Munich air tragedy to came back and play major role in Manchester United’s resurgence. He is still very much a part of current successful era. He got the knighthood for his accomplishments on football field. He captained Manchester United to European cup win in 1968, and it is unique as they were the first English team to achieve that feat. He held the record for maximum number of appearances (758) for Manchester united until Ryan Giggs surpassed it. Bobby Charlton still holds the record of most number of goals scored for Manchester United as well as England. Bobby Charlton has been an ambassador of Manchester United and he promoted the club globally in a big way.

Sir Robert “Bobby”  Charlton was born on October 11th 1937 at Ashington in England. Joe Armstrong a renowned scot for Manchester united spotted Bobby Charlton at an age of 15 and he took him to youth squad. Amazingly, Charlton was from a family with professional footballers. His older brother played for Leeds united, while his uncle in his playing days represented Newcastle United. Charlton played his first senior level match for Manchester united in 1956.He was a part of the famous Busby Babes group under Sir Matt Busby. Charlton won the league with Manchester United in his first season. In 1958, Manchester united reached the semi-finals of European cup and they were the first English team to participate in that competition.

However sadly on February 6th 1958, the aircraft carrying Manchester united players after the match against Red Star Belgrade, crashed in Munich. Eight Manchester united players along with other 15 people passed away that day. However, 20-year-old Charlton survived the crash as he exchanged his seat with his teammate. Death of the players affected the strength of the team. Weakened Manchester united team lost the European cup semi finals, against AC Milan. Moreover, they lost the FA cup final to Bolton wanderers 2-1. In 1960/1961 season, Charlton scored 20 goals to be the top scorer for Manchester united that season. In 1962/1963 season, Charlton won FA cup with Manchester United. This marked the renaissance of Manchester united under Sir Matt Busby. In 1963/1964 season Manchester united made it to the quarterfinals of European cup winners’ cup as well as they finished runners-up in the league. In 1965, Charlton won the league again with Manchester united. Charlton again won the league in 1967 though he had a subdued season. Charlton scored two goals in the 4-1 win over Benefica in that 1968 European cup final. Charlton lifted the European cup as Manchester United captain. The following years were not successful ones for Manchester United. In 1973, Charlton left Manchester united. Bobby Charlton is still the top goal scorer for Manchester United with 249 goals. During the final seasons of his career, he played for Preston North End, Waterford, Arcadi Shepherds, Bangor City, Newcastle KB, and Black Town City.

Bobby Charlton managed Preston North End as caretaker during 1973.he worked as caretaker manager of Wigan Athletic. In addition, he worked there as director for some time. After Sir Matt Busby’s resignation, Bobby Charlton became a director of Manchester United and he is very much active even now. City of Manchester showed their appreciation to Charlton by giving him Freedom of the city, in 2009. 

Bobby Charlton started his England career while playing against Scotland in the British Home Championship match that England won 4-0.He was in the 1958 world cup squad. However, he did not play any match. In 1962 world cup, he was a regular in the England team. Charlton scored against Argentina, which England won 3-1 to enter quarterfinals. 1966-world cup turned out to be glorious one for Charlton. England drew their first match against Uruguay. They won 2-0 against Mexico and Charlton scored a goal in that match. They won 2-0 against France to reach quarterfinals. They went past Argentina 1-0 to reach semi final. Charlton scored two goals in the match against Portugal as England entered the final. England won its first world cup 4-2 in the extra time. Charlton won the European footballer of the year in 1966.He scored record-breaking 45th goal for England while playing against Sweden. England reached the semi-finals of the European championship held in 1968.England clinched the third place defeating Soviet Union by a score of 2-0. He scored 49 goals for England and it remains as the most number of goals scored by an English player. He played his fourth and final world cup in 1970.England reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Germany. After the world, cup Charlton bid adieu to international football at an age of 32.

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