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Biography

Nobody embodied 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

'Sir Bobby... He was Roy Race!'

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Legendary football artist (and Spurs fan) Paul Trevillion explains how a United icon inspired Roy of the Rovers.

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Endrick pays tribute to United legend

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The Brazilian teenager referenced one of the Busby Babes when discussing his first international goal.

  • published time 3 week agoNews

The players we lost in Munich

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We revisit a feature in which Sir Bobby Charlton and Wilf McGuinness remember their team-mates who perished in Munich.

The Busby Babes' final game in England

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On this day in 1958, United won a remarkable match in North London.

Football honours Sir Bobby's legacy

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Fans from around the world have made generous donations to a number of well-known charities.

  • published time Jan 24News

The United Trinity’s first steps

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United's legendary attacking trio played together for the first time, 60 years ago today.

FIFA pays tribute to Sir Bobby at The Best awards

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The United icon was honoured alongside two other greats who have sadly passed away, Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.

  • published time Jan 24News

Sir Bobby: The Greatest

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MUTV Original | First shown in 2016, this special documentary celebrates one of football's greatest-ever players...

Top 10 appearances: United’s Hall of Fame

 Article

Check out the legendary list in full, on the day we remember the great Bill Foulkes.

  • published time Nov 23News

Sir Bobby honoured at England match

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United’s Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford played in the Euro 2024 qualifier v Malta at Wembley Stadium.

  • published time Nov 23News

A new Sir Bobby Charlton mural

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A new Sir Bobby Charlton mural has been installed outside The Trafford pub, off Sir Matt Busby Way...

  • published time Nov 23Video

What five legends had to say about Sir Bobby

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Peter Schmeichel, Lou Macari and Paddy Crerand were among the former players we spoke to at Manchester Cathedral.

The great and the good

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Steve Bartram explains how Sir Bobby Charlton's funeral 'ushered out the man behind the legend'.

Manchester's moving farewell to Sir Bobby

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The ordinary people of a city Charlton changed forever provided the most touching tribute of all, writes Joe Ganley.

A very special edition of Inside United

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The December issue of our monthly mag includes an extensive tribute to the life and legacy of Sir Bobby Charlton.

  • published time Nov 23News