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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

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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...

  • published time May 21Clips

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  • published time Feb 21News

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  • published time Nov 20News

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  • published time Nov 20News

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  • published time Oct 20News

Rashford joins iconic Reds trio article

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  • published time Oct 20News

Goal of the Day: Charlton v Benfica Video

To celebrate Sir Bobby Charlton's birthday, here's his brilliant header from the 1968 European Cup final...

  • published time Oct 20Clips

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…

  • published time Oct 20Video