Bobby Charlton
Testimonial September 18th 1972 v Celtic


Hailed by many as the greatest player to have worn a United shirt, Bobby Charlton amassed almost every honour possible including three titles, the FA Cup, European Cup and World Cup.

Charlton established appearance and scoring records for both club and country; the scoring records remaining unbeaten over thirty years later. On a personal level he was European Footballer of the Year in 1966, and runner up in 1967 and 1968, as well as the FWA Player of the Year.

Charlton joined United in January 1953, making his League bow in October 1956. A survivor of the Munich Disaster, he had established himself as a regular just months before. He remained one of the first names on the team sheet until his retirement in May 1973. He began his career on the left wing but was moved to centre forward, dropping to midfield in his later career. Charlton possessed a thunderous shot and an unerring ability to hit forty yard passes.

After leaving United he became manager at Preston North End, resuming his playing career with them during the 1974/75 season. He appeared briefly for Waterford in the League of Ireland in January 1976. After a spell as a Director at Wigan Athletic, Charlton joined the Board at United in June 1984.

Bobby Charlton:
765 appearances (2 as substitute)
253 goals