Bobby Charlton

Charlton came from a footballing family, his uncles were Jack, George and Jim Milburn (who all played for Leeds United) and his brother Jack went to play for Leeds to so it was inevitable that he would wind up playing football as some level.

He began his playing career after being discovered by Manchester United's chief scout and was signed to United when he was 15. He became an integral part of the United side and featured heavily over the next few seasons. In 1958 he was part of the Manchester United that was involved in the Munich Air Disaster which claimed the lives of 8 of his team mates and 3 United backroom staff, in total of the 44 passengers on the flight only 16 survived.

He stayed at United until 1973 scoring 249 goals and set a club record of 758 appearances, a record that was held up to 2008, in which it was beaten by Ryan Giggs, he then had a short career at Preston as player manager.

After his football career he was invited to the board of directors at Manchester United in 1984 a position he still has. He has also actively promoted England’s bids to host the World Cup and Olympic Games.

International Career

Charlton won a total of 105 full International caps for England. He was named in four England  World Cup Squads ( 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970).

Team Years Appearances Goals Goals to Game Ratio
England Schoolboys 1953 4 5 1.25
England Youth 1954 1 1 1
England U23 1958 - 1960 6 5 0.83
England 1958 - 1970 105 49 0.46
Total 116 60 0.51