Charlton, Bobby (Sir Robert Charlton), 1937–, one of the most celebrated of all English soccer players. Famous for his graceful athleticism, powerfully accurate kick, and sportsmanlike behavior, Charlton was (1954–73) a forward for Manchester United, making his pro debut in 1956. He survived the 1958 Munich plane crash that killed eight of his teammates and went on to lead and inspire Manchester, which during his tenure won three league championships (1957, 1963, 1967), the Football Association Cup (1963), and the European Cup (1968). Charlton also played (1957–73) on England's national team, appearing a record-breaking 106 times and sparking the team's 1966 the World Cup victory. He managed (1973–75) Preston North End and became a director of Manchester United in 1984. He was knighted in 1994.
See his My Soccer Life (1965) and The Game of Soccer (1967).
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