(Born in 1937)
He played in the English clubs “Manchester United” and “Preston North End”.
In 1958–1970 he played 106 matches for the England team.
On February 6, 1958, Manchester United returned to England from Belgrade after the match with the Red Star in the European Champions Cup. The mood of the players and coach Matt Busby was great. A draw 3: 3 in the Belgrade match led Manchester to the semifinals. True, the British first lost 0-3, but managed to level the score. Two goals scored twenty Bobby Charlton, who was in great shape. And in general, “Manchester” was then on the rise. Two years in a row the club became the champion of England. In 1957, he could have doubled, but lost in the final of the England Cup Aston Villa – 2: 1. Matt Busby managed to create a great team of young players. He spent a lot of time and effort on this, often traveling around the country himself and selecting those in whom he saw a great future. Eddie Colman, David Pegg, Tommy Taylor, Duncan Edwards were considered to be the pupils of Busby – they were considered to be especially talented, but all the others were not much inferior to him. That generation of Manchester players was called as a joke – “Busby boys”. They boldly, excitedly, merrily broke into English football and seemed ready to sweep away everything in their path.
The plane on which Manchester United was flying made a stop in Munich for refueling and drove to the runway. However, before the run-up suddenly refused one of the engines. After the repair, the plane took off again, but only stayed in the air for 4 seconds and crashed to the ground. The crash killed 28 passengers, among them – 8 Manchester players, including the most promising Duncan Edwards. Armchair with Bobby Charlton fastened to it, the blast wave threw 50 meters away from the wreckage of the plane. By some miracle, Bobby escaped damage. Coach Busby was seriously injured, he had to undergo several difficult operations. All the surviving players survived the trauma.
Charlton5 For a while, they were all even afraid to think about flying on an airplane, although the life of a professional football player consists of continuous journeys and flights. Coach Busby, finally getting better, decided the next time to take to the air, only by taking a pre-hefty dose of alcohol. As for Bobby Charlton, he, surprisingly, continued to fly as if nothing had happened. But after a terrible disaster, Bobby changed in another: he matured at once, lost youthful carelessness, became stronger in spirit. Even his game has changed – now he was on the field not equal among equals, but the leader of the team, its reliable support. The surviving players of Manchester swore to the dead to revive the team, despite the terrible loss, and Charlton, who became the captain, led them.
Of course, it took a lot of time to revive the team. Bloodless “Manchester” could not continue to fight for the European Cup. Again lost in that 1958 England Cup, losing in the final to Bolton Wanderers – 0: 2. I lost Manchester and the champion title – in the 1957-1958 season, the Wolverhampton club excelled. But Bobby Charlton, replacing the late Tommy Taylor on the front line of Manchester’s attack, scored 29 goals in the 1958-1959 season, becoming the top scorer in the English championship. And the club took the second place. Even earlier, on April 19, 1958, just two and a half months after the Munich catastrophe, Charlton made his debut in the match between England and Scotland, held in Glasgow. The British won 4-0, and one of the goals was scored by Manchester’s footballer Bobby Charlton, who was not yet twenty-one. But it was only the beginning of the brilliant career of a great football player.
Perhaps, we can assume that the “football genes” were inherited by Bobby Charlton. But not on the paternal side, but on the … maternal one. Her three siblings played Leeds, and her cousin, Jackie Milburn, was Newcastle’s top scorer. Just in his honor, his older brother Bobby Charlton Jackie, who was also destined to become a footballer, got his name. But on the paternal side all the relatives were miners and mined coal in the mining town of Ashington in the north-east of England near Newcastle. If it were not for football, mining would have been waiting for Bobby and Jackie. But from a young age they were superior to everyone who drove the ball with them to the wastelands. This did not go unnoticed by football breeders driving around England in search of football talents. Bobby was only 16 when he received offers from a good two dozen professional clubs. On the advice of his school physical education teacher, a passionate fan of Manchester, he chose this club. As for Jackie Charlton, he ended up at Leeds.
For about two years, Bobby played in the Manchester youth teams. Finally, in 1956, Matt Busby put it in the base, in place of the left winger. Charlton1 In his first match, the debutant scored two goals.