Sir Bobby is a footballing legend and without doubt one of the most famous English players of all time. His name is synonymous with some of the greatest moments in the English game, but also with the highest traditions of sportsmanship and integrity.
He played almost all of his professional club football at Manchester United where he became renowned for his attacking instincts and ferocious long-range shot. 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, Bobby 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 set goalscoring records at both international and club level, with both records remaining intact some 35 years after the end of his playing career. He was knighted in 1994.
Charlton became one of the famed Busby Babes: a collection of extremely talented footballers who emerged through the system at Old Trafford in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s as Matt Busby set about a long-term plan of rebuilding the club after the Second World War.
In 1958, Charlton survived the Munich air disaster when British Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off. On board the plane was the Manchester United football team along with a number of supporters and journalists.
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. With his experience and knowledge of the game Charlton went on to become manager of Preston North End in 1973, signing his former United and 66-winning team-mate Nobby Stiles as player-coach.
Bobby Charlton is also member of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Sir Bobby has also built up several businesses in areas such as travel, jewellery and hampers, and ran soccer schools in the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and China. In 1984, he was invited to become a member of the board of directors at Manchester United because of his footballing profile.
He remains a director of Manchester United as of 2012.
One of the most respected figures in football, Bobby Charlton is in demand as an after dinner speaker and event host for his football anecdotes and memories.