27 Facts About Bobby Charlton

1. In October 2017, Bobby Charlton had a pitch named after him at St George's Park.

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

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

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4. 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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5. Bobby Charlton became involved in the cause of land mine clearance after visits to Bosnia and Cambodia and supports the Mines Advisory Group as well as founding his own charity Find a Better Way which funds research into improved civilian landmine clearance.

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6. On 2 March 2009, Bobby Charlton was given the freedom of the city of Manchester, stating "I'm just so proud, it's fantastic.

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

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9. Bobby Charlton remains a director of Manchester United as of 2018 and his continued presence was a factor in placating many fans opposed to the club's takeover by Malcolm Glazer.

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

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12. Bobby Charlton was appointed a CBE that year and began a casual association with BBC for punditry on matches, which continued for many years.

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13. Bobby Charlton became the manager of Preston North End in 1973, signing his former United and England teammate Nobby Stiles as player-coach.

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

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15. Bobby Charlton 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.

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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. 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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18. Bobby Charlton was selected for the squad which competed at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but did not kick a ball, something at which critics expressed surprise and bewilderment, even allowing for his lacklustre performance in Belgrade.

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19. Bobby Charlton was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1969 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at The Sportsman's Club in central London.

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

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21. Bobby Charlton was an established player by the time the next season was fully underway, which saw United, as current League champions, become the first English team to compete in the European Cup.

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22. 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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23. 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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24. Bobby Charlton was selected for four World Cups, and helped England to win the competition in 1966.

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25. Bobby Charlton held the record for most appearances for Manchester United, before being surpassed by Ryan Giggs in the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.

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26. 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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27. Bobby Charlton was well known for his fitness and stamina.

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