Bobby Charlton

(b. 1937) English footballer

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1937– )

British Association footballer who played 106 times for his country. He was knighted in 1994.

Like his brother Jack Charlton (1935– ), also an England international, Bobby came from the Northumberland mining community of Ashington. He was a schoolboy international before joining Manchester United, for whom he was an outstanding player from 1954 to 1973. He was one of the survivors of the Munich air crash in 1958, which killed several of his club colleagues. His first full international appearance was against Scotland in April 1958 and his last against West Germany in June 1970. He scored 49 goals for England and in 1966 he was a member of the national side that won the World Cup. Charlton was a brilliant inside forward and his impeccable behaviour on the field was held up as an example to young players. His playing career came to an end in 1972–73 and he spent a brief period as manager of Preston North End. Since 1984 he has been a director of Manchester United.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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