Bobby Charlton

Football Player and Manager
Born Oct 11, 1937

Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup and also won the Ballon d'Or for European Footballer of the Year in 1966. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts and passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Charlton.


1937 Birth Born on October 11, 1937.


1953 15 Years Old 1 More Event
On 9 February 1953, then a Bedlington Grammar School pupil, Charlton was spotted playing for East Northumberland schools by Manchester United chief scout Joe Armstrong.
1954 16 Years Old Initially his mother was reluctant to let him commit to an insecure football career, so he began an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer; however he went on to turn professional in October 1954. … Read More
1956 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg. … Read More
1957 19 Years Old United won the league championship but were denied the 20th century's first "double" when they controversially lost the 1957 FA Cup Final to Aston Villa. … Read More


Charlton was the first injured survivor to leave hospital. Harry Gregg and Bill Foulkes were not hospitalized since they escaped uninjured. He arrived back in England on 14 February 1958, eight days after the crash. … Read More
1959 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1959 he scored a hat-trick as England demolished the US 8–1; and his second England hat-trick came in 1961 in an 8–0 thrashing of Mexico.
1962 24 Years Old He played in qualifiers for the 1962 World Cup in Chile against Luxembourg and Portugal and was named in the squad for the finals themselves. … Read More
1963 25 Years Old He also managed to score in every British Home Championship tournament he played in except 1963 in an association with the tournament that lasted from 1958 to 1970 and included 16 goals and 10 tournament victories (five shared).
1964 26 Years Old 1 More Event
When England beat the USA 10-0 in a friendly on 27 May 1964, he scored one goal, his 33rd at senior level for England.
1965 27 Years Old …  Busby's post-Munich rebuilding programme continued to progress with two League championships within three seasons, with United taking the title in 1965 and 1967. … Read More
1966 28 Years Old 1 More Event
He was selected for four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970), and helped England to win the competition in 1966. … Read More


1968 30 Years Old …  He was then in the England team which made it to the semi-finals of the 1968 European Championships where they were knocked out by Yugoslavia in Florence. … Read More
1970 32 Years Old 1 More Event
More milestones followed as he won his 100th England cap on 21 April 1970 against Northern Ireland, and was made captain by Ramsey for the occasion. … Read More
1973 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His caps record lasted until 1973 when Bobby Moore overtook him, and Charlton currently lies seventh in the all-time England appearances list behind Moore, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, David Beckham and Peter Shilton, whose own England career began in the first game after Charlton's had ended. … Read More
1975 37 Years Old His first season ended in relegation and although he began playing again he left Preston early in the 1975–76 season after a disagreement with the board over the transfer of John Bird to Newcastle United. … Read More
1976 38 Years Old In early 1976, he scored once in 3 league appearances for Waterford United.


1983 45 Years Old He joined Wigan Athletic as a director, and was briefly caretaker manager there in 1983. … Read More
1984 46 Years Old In 1984, he was invited to become member of the board of directors at Manchester United, partly because of his football knowledge and partly because it was felt that the club needed a "name" on the board after the resignation of Sir Matt Busby. … Read More


1992 54 Years Old Charlton did not see his mother after 1992 as a result of the feud. … Read More
1994 56 Years Old He received a knighthood in 1994 and was an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. … Read More


2011 73 Years Old In January 2011 Charlton was voted the 4th greatest Manchester United player of all time by the readers of Inside United and, behind Ryan Giggs (who topped the poll), Eric Cantona and George Best. … Read More
2016 78 Years Old On 15 February 2016 Manchester United announced the South Stand of Old Trafford would be renamed in honour of Sir Bobby Charlton. … Read More
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