Bobby Charlton
CBE
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Personal information
Full name Sir Robert Charlton CBE
Date of birth 11 October 1937 (1937-10-11) (age 83)
Place of birth    Ashington, Flag of England England
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder/Forward
Youth clubs
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1953–1954
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Flag of England Manchester United
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1954–1973
1973–1975
1976
1976
1978
1978
1980
1980
Total
Flag of England Manchester United
Flag of England Preston North End
Flag of Republic of Ireland Waterford
Flag of South Africa Arcadia Shepherds
Flag of Wales Bangor City
Flag of Australia Newcastle KB United
Flag of Australia Perth Azzurri
Flag of Australia Blacktown City
606 (199)
038 00(8)
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649 (211)   
National team
1958–1960
1958–1970
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106 0(49)
Teams managed
1973–1975
1983
Flag of England Preston North End (player-manager)
Flag of England Wigan Athletic (caretaker manager)

Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE (born 11 October 1937) is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts and passing abilities from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot. He was also well known for his fitness and stamina. He was cautioned only twice in his career; once against Argentina in the 1966 World Cup, and once in a league match against Chelsea. His elder brother Jack, who was also in the World Cup-winning team, is a former defender for Leeds United and international manager.

Born in Ashington, Northumberland, Charlton made his debut for the Manchester United first-team in 1956, and over the next two seasons gained a regular place in the team, during which time he survived the Munich air disaster of 1958 after being rescued by Harry Gregg. After helping United to win the Football League in 1965, he won a World Cup medal with England in 1966 and another Football League title with United the following year. In 1968, he captained the Manchester United team that won the European Cup, scoring two goals in the final to help his team be the first English side to win the competition. He has scored more goals for United (249) than any other player and held the distinction of being England's all-time top goal scorer (49) from May 1968 to September 2015, when Wayne Rooney beat his England goal scoring record. Charlton held the record for most appearances for Manchester United (758), before being surpassed by Ryan Giggs.

He was selected for four World Cups (1958, 1962, 1966, and 1970), and helped England to win the competition in 1966. At the time of his retirement from the England team in 1970, he was the nation's most capped player, having turned out 106 times at the highest level. This record has since been held by Bobby Moore and Peter Shilton.

He left Manchester United to become manager of Preston North End for the 1973–74 season. He changed to player-manager the following season. He next accepted a post as a director with Wigan Athletic, then became a member of Manchester United's board of directors in 1984 and remains one as of the 2015/16 season.

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Preston North End Football Club - Managers

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Wigan Athletic Football Club - Managers

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England – 1958 FIFA World Cup

1. McDonald 2. Howe 3. Banks 4. Clamp 5. Wright 6. Slater 7. Douglas 8. Robson 9. Kevan 10. Haynes 11. Finney 12. Hopkinson 13. Hodgkinson 14. Sillett 15. Clayton 16. Norman 17. Brabrook 18. Broadbent 19. Smith 20. Charlton 21. A'Court 22. Setters

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England – 1962 FIFA World Cup

1. Springett 2. Armfield 3. Wilson 4. Robson 5. Swan 6. Flowers 7. Connelly 8. Greaves 9. Hitchens 10. Haynes 11. Charlton 12. Hodgkinson 13. Kevan 14. Anderson 15. Norman 16. Moore 17. Douglas 18. Hunt 19. Peacock 20. Eastham 21. Howe 22. Banks

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England – 1966 FIFA World Cup – Winners

1. Banks 2. Cohen 3. Wilson 4. Stiles 5. J. Charlton 6. Moore 7. Ball 8. Greaves 9. B. Charlton 10. Hurst 11. Connelly 12. Springett 13. Bonetti 14. Armfield 15. Byrne 16. Peters 17. Flowers 18. Hunter 19. Paine 20. Callaghan 21. Hunt 22. Eastham

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England – UEFA Euro 1968

1. Banks 2. Newton 3. Wilson 4. Mullery 5. Labone 6. Moore 7. Ball 8. Hunt 9. B. Charlton 10. Hurst 11. Peters 12. Stepney 13. West 14. Knowles 15. J. Charlton 16. Wright 17. Stiles 18. Summerbee 19. Hunter 20. Bell 21. Greaves 22. Thompson

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England – 1970 FIFA World Cup

1. Banks 2. Newton 3. Cooper 4. Mullery 5. Labone 6. Moore 7. Lee 8. Ball 9. B. Charlton 10. Hurst 11. Peters 12. Bonetti 13. Stepney 14. Wright 15. Stiles 16. Hughes 17. J. Charlton 18. Hunter 19. Bell 20. Osgood 21. Clarke 22. Astle

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