36 Facts About Sir Bobby Charlton

1. Sir Bobby Charlton played on England's national team, appearing a record-breaking 106 times and sparking the team's 1966 the World Cup victory.

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2. In 1984 Sir Bobby Charlton became a member of the Manchester United board of directors.

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3. Sir Bobby Charlton captained Manchester United when they were the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968.

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4. Sir Bobby Charlton was knighted in 1994, and he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

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5. Sir Bobby Charlton retired from Manchester United in 1973, after a fall out with teammates Denis Law and George Best.

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6. In 1968, along with his team, Sir Bobby Charlton became a European Cup winner.

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7. In 1963, Sir Bobby Charlton met with success when he and his teammates won the FA Cup Final.

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8. Sir Bobby Charlton served his nation while simultaneously developing his soccer career.

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

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

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11. In January 2011, Sir 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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12. Sir 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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13. Sir Bobby Charlton is involved in a number of charitable activities including fund raising for cancer hospitals.

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

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15. Sir 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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16. Sir Bobby Charlton met his wife, Norma Ball, at an ice rink in Manchester in 1959 and they married in 1961.

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17. Sir 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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18. Sir 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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19. Sir Bobby Charlton joined Wigan Athletic as a director, and was briefly caretaker manager there in 1983.

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20. Sir 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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21. Sir 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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22. In 1969, Sir Bobby Charlton was appointed an OBE for services to football.

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23. Sir 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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24. Sir 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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25. Sir 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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26. Sir 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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27. Sir 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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28. Sir Bobby Charlton arrived back in England on 14 February 1958, eight days after the crash.

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

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30. Sir 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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31. Sir Bobby Charlton, still only 19, was selected for the game, which saw United goalkeeper Ray Wood carried off with a broken cheekbone after a clash with Villa centre forward Peter McParland.

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32. Sir 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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33. Sir 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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34. Sir Bobby Charlton was selected for four World Cups, and helped England to win the competition in 1966.

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35. Sir 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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36. Sir Bobby Charlton was well known for his fitness and stamina.

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