28 Facts About Bobby Charlton

1. Sir Robert Bobby Charlton was born on 11 October 1937 and is an English former footballer who played either as a midfielder or a forward.

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2. Bobby Charlton finished second in the Ballon d'Or in 1967 and 1968.

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3. Bobby Charlton was cautioned only twice in his career; st Argentina in the 1966 World Cup, and once in a league match against Chelsea.

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4. Bobby Charlton was the long-time record goalscorer for both Manchester United and England, and United's long-time record appearance maker – his total of 758 matches for United took until 2008 to be beaten, when Ryan Giggs did so in that year's Champions League final.

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5. Bobby Charlton is related to several professional footballers on his mother's side of the family: his uncles were Jack Milburn, George Milburn (Leeds United and Chesterfield), Jim Milburn (Leeds United and Bradford Park Avenue) and Stan Milburn (Chesterfield, Leicester City and Rochdale), and legendary Newcastle United and England footballer Jackie Milburn was his mother's cousin.

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6. On 9 February 1953, then a Bedlington Grammar School pupil, Bobby Charlton was spotted playing for East Northumberland schools by Manchester United chief scout Joe Armstrong.

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7. Bobby Charlton went on to play for England Schoolboys and the 15-year-old signed with United on 1 January 1953 along with Wilf McGuinness, aged 15.

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8. Bobby Charlton became one of the famed Busby Babes, the collection of talented footballers who emerged through the system at Old Trafford in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as Matt Busby set about a long-term plan of rebuilding the club after the Second World War.

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9. Bobby Charlton worked his way through the pecking order of teams, scoring regularly for the youth and reserve sides before he was handed his first team debut against Charlton Athletic in October 1956.

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10. Bobby Charlton was a candidate to go in goal to replace Wood, but it was teammate Jackie Blanchflower who ended up between the posts.

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11. Bobby Charlton suffered cuts to his head and severe shock, and was in hospital for a week.

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12. Bobby Charlton arrived back in England on 14 February 1958, eight days after the crash.

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13. Bobby Charlton was selected for the squad which competed at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but he did not play.

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14. Bobby Charlton played in qualifiers for the 1962 World Cup in Chile against Luxembourg and Portugal and was named in the squad for the finals themselves.

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15. Nevertheless, Bobby Charlton was still scoring and creating freely, and as the tournament was about to start he was expected to become one of its stars and galvanise his established reputation as one of the world's best footballers.

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16. Bobby Charlton opened the scoring with a crisp side-footed finish after a run by Roger Hunt had forced the Portuguese goalkeeper out of his net; his second was a sweetly struck shot after a run and pull-back from Geoff Hurst.

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17. In 1969, Bobby Charlton was appointed an OBE for services to football.

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18. Bobby Charlton made a handful of appearances for Australian clubs Newcastle KB United, Perth Azzurri and Blacktown City.

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19. Bobby Charlton joined Wigan Athletic as a director, and was briefly caretaker manager there in 1983.

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20. Bobby Charlton built up several businesses in areas such as travel, jewellery and hampers, and ran soccer schools in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and China.

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21. Bobby Charlton met his wife, Norma Ball, at an ice rink in Manchester in 1959 and they married in 1961.

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22. Bobby Charlton helped to promote Manchester's bids for the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games and the 2002 Commonwealth Games, England's bid for the 2006 World Cup and London's successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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23. Bobby Charlton received a knighthood in 1994 and was an Inaugural Inductee to the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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24. On 2 March 2009, Bobby Charlton was given the freedom of the city of Manchester.

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25. Bobby Charlton is involved in a number of charitable activities, including fund raising for cancer hospitals.

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26. In January 2011, Bobby Charlton was voted the fourth-greatest Manchester United player of all time by the readers of Inside United and ManUtd.

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27. Bobby Charlton is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

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28. On 6 February 2012 Bobby Charlton was taken to hospital after falling ill, and subsequently had a gallstone removed.

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