Beck­ham ‘named after Bobby Charl­ton’

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David Beck­ham has re­vealed he was given the mid­dle name Robert in hon­our of Eng­land and Manch­ester United le­gend Bobby Charl­ton, who cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day on Wed­nes­day.

Charl­ton, one of the most revered play­ers in English foot­ball his­tory, won the World Cup on home soil in 1966 and the Euro­pean Cup with United two years later. David Robert Joseph Beck­ham, who also en­joyed a cel­e­brated ca­reer with United and Eng­land, spoke to Manch­ester United’s in-house TV sta­tion about his rec­ol­lec­tions of Charl­ton.

“I was lucky enough to meet him when I went to the Bobby Charl­ton Soc­cer School at the age of 10 when I first came here, and I won it when I was 11,” Beck­ham told MUTV.

“It was a dream to meet him be­cause he was my dad’s favourite player and my mid­dle name Robert is after Sir Bobby.

“He would al­ways try to help the young play­ers. When you play for a club and you have ex-play­ers that come and talk to you that are in­volved with the team, it means a lot.

“But when you have Sir Bobby Charl­ton come up to you and say ‘well done’, or ‘this is how you can do some­thing bet­ter’, or ‘this is how you rep­re­sent the club’, it means some­thing.”

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