Sir Bobby Charlton has passed away aged 86.
Sir Bobby Charlton was one of the most revered figures in the history of English football. Born on October 11, 1937, in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton’s prodigious talent was evident from a young age. He spent the majority of his club career with Manchester United, where he was part of the iconic “Busby Babes,” the young team assembled by legendary manager Matt Busby.
A survivor of the 1958 Munich air crash that tragically claimed the lives of eight of his teammates, Charlton’s resilience and determination in the face of adversity were a testament to his character. He went on to become United’s all-time leading scorer—a record that stood for over four decades. With a playing style that combined skill, vision, and an eye for goal, Charlton was instrumental in helping the club win three league titles and their first European Cup in 1968.
Internationally, Charlton was a cornerstone of the England team that triumphed in the 1966 World Cup, a victory that remains the nation’s only World Cup win. His contributions to the game were recognized when he was knighted in 1994. Post-retirement, he held various roles at Manchester United and was universally respected for his statesmanship and dedication to football. Sir Bobby Charlton’s legacy is that of a footballing icon, who showcased not just immense skill on the pitch, but also grace, humility, and integrity off it.
RIP Sir Bobby