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Facts about Bobby Charlton, the Manchester United legendary footballer

In the following article, we will review the fascinating facts about Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest players and best midfielders in the history of football.

Widely known as Bobby, Sir Bobby Charlton is one of the

Manchester United

icons. The legend served Red devils more than any other club. Bobby Charlton, who inherited the football gene from his mother's family, became a professional football player like his uncles, while his father was a coal miner.

Bobby survived a plane crash, and after the incident, his life changed, becoming a symbol of Manchester United.

He was one of England's key players in the team's winning the 1966 World Cup and etched his name in the history of


football forever. Sir Bobby Charlton, who is the most iconic figure in the history of England football, has become a World Football Ambassador. 

The great gentleman has always helped younger players after his retirement. From his rescue in a plane crash to a feud with his brother, there are many facts about Bobby Charlton's life to discover in the following article.

Here are the most interesting

 facts about Bobby Charlton

 you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Bobby Charlton

Let's take a look at the top facts about Bobby Charlton. Facts like Bobby Charlton birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to football lovers

Bobby Charlton Age and Biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Sir Robert Charlton

  • Nickname:

    Bobby, Captain Marvel

  • Date of Birth:

    11 October 1937

  • Age:

    83 years

  • Place of Birth:

    Ashington, Northumberland, England

  • Nationality:


  • Height & Weight:

    1.73 m/72 kg

  • Parents:

    Robert Bob Charlton, Elizabeth Ellen Cissie Charlton

  • Wife:

    Norma Ball (married 1961)

  • Children:

    Suzanne Charlton, Andrea Charlton

  • Occupation:

    former football manager and former player

  • Playing Position:

    Attacking midfielder

  • Club(s):

    as footballer: Manchester United, Preston North End, Waterford, Newcastle KB United, Perth Azzurri, Blacktown City/as a manager: Preston North End, Wigan Athletic (caretaker manager)

  • Net Worth:

    $25 million

Bobby Charlton Childhood

The first part of our article on

facts about Bobby Charlton

is about his childhood.

Bobby Charlton birthday

is on 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland, England.

Bobby Charlton family

was a big fan of football; his father, Robert Bob Charlton, was a coal miner, and his mother was Elizabeth Ellen Cissie Charlton, who passed away on 25 March 1996. Bobby Charlton family were well-known footballers.

Bobby elder brother, Jack, played at

Leeds United

and England national team, winning the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Jack Charlton passed away on 10 July 2020 at the age of 85. His uncles also were professional footballers.

Jack Milburn played (in Leeds United and

Bradford City

), Jim Milburn played (in Leeds United and Bradford City), George Milburn played in (Leeds United and Chesterfield), and Stan Milburn played (in Chesterfield,

Leicester City

, and Rochdale). Also, Jackie Milburn, who was the legend of

Newcastle United

and the England national team, was the cousin of his mother. His grandfather and mother had a great influence on his progress.

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Bobby Charlton Career Stats

After reviewing

Bobby Charlton childhood

, let's take a look at

Bobby Charlton career stats

, that is, one of the significant

facts about Bobby Charlton

. When

Bobby Charlton age

was 15, Joe Armstrong, Manchester United chief scout, watched Bobby Charlton playing in February 1953; as a result, Bobby wore a Red Devils shirt. In 1956, In his first season at Manchester United first team, Charlton made 14 appearances, scoring 12 times, including a hat-trick against

Charlton Athletic

. On that season, the Red Devils won the league championship.

In the following season, Bobby gained a regular place; Manchester United became the first English team to participate in the European Cup and reached the semi-finals.

In 1968, Manchester United reached the European Cup Final. The Red Devils defeated Benfica and won the title. Charlton lifted the trophy as a captain, scoring two times in the final.

The legend served most of his career in Manchester United, scoring 249 times in 758 appearances that he made for his boyhood club. The former footballer is Manchester United's second-top goal scorer ever.

The English footballer won Football League First Division title on three occasions, one FA Cup title, Charity Shield title four times, one European Cup, as well as FA Youth Cup title during 17 years with United from 1956 to 1973.

He played three other English teams (

Preston North End



, Newcastle KB United), and 2 Australian clubs (Perth Azzurri,

Blacktown City

) after he departed from Manchester United. Once Sir Alf Ramsey, England manager, said about Bobby Charlton: “He was one of the greatest players I have seen, very much the linchpin of the 1966 team. Early in my management, I knew I had to find a role suitable to Bobby’s unique talents. He wasn’t just a great goalscorer, with a blistering shot using either foot. Bobby was a player who could also do his share of hard work.”

The retired footballer also won many titles at the international level. On 19 April 1958, Bobby was called up to England national team. From 1958 to 1970, Charlton played for his country's national team, winning the 1966 FIFA World Cup, as well as British Home Championship on ten occasions. He ended his international career at the age of 32, scoring 49 goals in 106 caps. At the time, Bobby was England's most capped player.

His notable individual achievements:

FWA Footballer of the Year (one time), FIFA World Cup Golden Ball (1966), FIFA World Cup All-Star Team (two times), Ballon d'Or (1966), Football League 100 Legends (1998), as well as English Football Hall of Fame (2002).

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Bobby Charlton Managerial Career

In 1973, Charlton was named the manager of Preston North End side, and he appointed Nobby Stiles, his former teammate, as a player-coach. In 1983 Bobby became Wigan Athletic's director.

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Bobby Charlton Net worth & Salary

In this part, we will take a look at

Bobby Charlton salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating

facts about Bobby Charlton


Widely known as a Bobby, Sir Bobby Charlton is Manchester United's second-top scorer of all time. As of 2020, Bobby

Charlton net worth

is estimated at around $25 million. Bobby Charlton salary in 1969, when he played at Manchester United, was £204,028; in today's money is around £3,5000,000.

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Bobby Charlton Wife & Children

One of the fascinating facts about Sir

Bobby Charlton wife

is that she met a former footballer in 1959 in Manchester at an ice rink. In the case of Sir

Bobby Charlton children

, you might know that he has two daughters Andrea and Suzanne. The latter was born in 1962 and is a weather forecaster in British BBC.

Facts about Bobby Charlton you did not know about

  • Bobby Charlton nickname

Bobby Charlton nickname is given to him by his fan. He is widely known as Bobby and Captain Marvel.

  • Bobby Charlton tattoo

The interesting fact about Sir Bobby Charlton tattoo is that, like many football players of his generation, he has yet to have any tattoos on his body.

  • Bobby Charlton Instagram account 

The most interesting fact about Bobby Charlton Instagram account is that the legend doesn't have an account on Instagram.

  • Bobby Charlton height 

Bobby Charlton height is 1.73, and also his weight is 72.

One of the interesting facts about Bobby Charlton is that he survived a plane crash in 1958. A plane, which taking Manchester United players from Belgrade to home, landed in Munich to refuel. But due to the blizzard, the plane crashed on the runway at the airport. Eight Manchester United's players died, and Bobby Charlton suffered severe shock and injury. Bobby spent a week in the hospital.

“I was just lucky and sitting in the right place. We never got off the floor and ran into a house and into a few other obstacles. It was just a nightmare," said Charlton.

He continued: “When we got to the hospital I started ranting and raving. I just didn’t understand. The medical people came around and gave me an injection in the back of my neck and I just collapsed. I didn’t wake up until the following morning.

This German lad was there and he had a paper. He had a list of all the players and he read them out and if they were alive he would say ‘yes’ and if they were dead he said ‘no’.”

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The feud between Bobby Charlton and his brother, Jack, is one of the most important facts about Bobby Charlton. In the 1966 world cup, when England became champion, two brothers, Bobby and Jack, hugged each other. "Nobody can ever take this moment away from us," said Bobby. But over time, that is likely to change.

The feud between the two brothers, in addition to being rooted in their childhood, the conflict between Norma Ball, Bobby Charlton wife, and their late mother caused them more conflict.

"My wife is a very strong character and does not suffer fools gladly. I am not suggesting my mother was a fool. There was a clash and it just never went away really. Jack came out in the newspapers saying things about my wife that were absolutely disgraceful," said Bobby Charlton.

He continued: "Nonsense. Ask anybody that ever met my wife: 'hoity-toity' is not a word they'd use. My brother made a big mistake. I don't understand why he did it. He could not possibly have known her and said what he said."

As we mentioned earlier, Cissie Charlton passed away on 25 March 1996; since 1992, Bobby Charlton had not seen his mother. 

One of the most important facts about Bobby Charlton, a tragic one, is about his disease. The legend was diagnosed with dementia. The sad news was revealed in November 2020. A statement from Manchester United: "Everyone at Manchester United is saddened that this terrible disease has afflicted Sir Bobby Charlton and we continue to offer our love and support to Sir Bobby and his family."

In 2008, A statue of Sir Bobby Charlton, George Best, and Denis Law (three Manchester United legends) was unveiled outside the Old Trafford. Manchester United trio scored 665 goals between them.

Bobby Charlton Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on facts about Bobby Charlton is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On Messi

"I think now Messi is probably done more than most players. But he is in the same class as Alfredo de Stefano, Johan Cruyff, Pelé. When he finishes and he retires, he will automatically become one of them. A player that people will talk about forever, while the game of football is as good and as popular as it is. He is a sensational player."

On Beckham

"Beckham is unusual. He was desperate to be a footballer. His mind was made up when he was nine or ten. Many kids think that it's beyond them. But you can't succeed without practising at any sport."

On goal line technology

"I've been asked about that goal every day for the last 40 years. We didn't have the technology back then to show whether it was a goal or not, which led to the controversy. I'd like to think one day we'll have the technology to show whether or not it was a goal."

On his favorite player, Paul Scholes

"I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes. Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed so much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favourite. I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley."

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Bobby Charlton Transfer Market

One of the fascinating facts about Bobby Charlton is his transfer market. According to the

Bobby Charlton transfer market

, the legend played a total of 807 games for six clubs, scoring 260 times.

On the international level, Sir Bobby Charlton scored 49 goals in the 106 appearances that he made for England National team.

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