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Biography

Nobody embodies the values of Manchester United better than Sir Bobby Charlton. Having survived the trauma of the Munich Air Disaster when aged just 20, he played as if every game was for his fallen colleagues, recovering from his injuries to reach the pinnacle for both club and country. In a 17-year playing career with the Reds, he played 758 games and scored 249 goals - both of which were longstanding records until, respectively, Ryan Giggs in 2008 and Wayne Rooney in 2017 surpassed his feats.

  • Position

    Forward

  • Country

    England

  • Date of birth

    11 Oct 1937

  • Joined

    1 Jun 1953

  • United debut

    6 Oct 1956

    v Charlton (H) League

  • Left United

    1 May 1973

Your United Pic: Sir Bobby Charlton article

Which photo of the 1960s legend would you love to see on display at Old Trafford?

Your United Pic: Sir Bobby Video

Take a quick look at Sir Bobby Charlton in action - and the photos we'd like you to choose from...

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New banners for Charlton and Law article

Stretford End Flags are behind the tribute, which they hope will raise money for charity.

  • published time Dec 21News

Born in Ashington, made in Manchester Video

See Sir Bobby's new banner being unveiled...

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Happy birthday, Sir Bobby! Video

Sir Bobby Charlton was born on this day in 1937 - what better way to celebrate than by watching some of his best goals…

MU Foundation donates to legend's project article

Find out how our Foundation is supporting Sir Bobby Charlton's charity work in Cambodia.

  • published time Oct 21News

Sir Bobby's great United goals Video

Sir Bobby scored 249 United goals... and we've searched the archive to show our favourites...

Goal of the Day: Charlton v Benfica Video

On the 65th anniversary of Bobby Charlton's United debut, let's revisit his header in the 1968 European Cup final...

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5 great Euros semi-finals involving Reds article

Our surviving Euro players can look back at some inspirational performances at this stage of the competition.

Who's our most inspirational ex-captain? article

United have had some incredible leaders over the years but which one gets your vote?

Collecting the game: Football trading cards article

A new weekly series from United's museum curators begins with a look at the club's trading card collection.

Goal of the Day: Charlton v Benfica Video

Bobby Charlton scored this immaculate header as we went on to win our first European Cup, on 29 May 1968...

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Why Rashford is in our top 20 article

Marcus's strike against Liverpool lifted him on to another leaderboard at Old Trafford.

When we honoured a true football icon Video

On this day in 2016, Old Trafford stood to applaud as the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand was unveiled...

What's happening at United this week? article

You won't miss a trick - or a kick - if you check our guide to seven days' worth of Reds events and anniversaries.