My tri­umphs and tragedy

As the foot­ball leg­end turns 80, he looks back at his amaz­ing life…

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Sir Bobby Charl­ton at 80

Sun­day, 10.30pm BBC1

He may be turn­ing 80, but Manch­ester United and Eng­land leg­end Sir Bobby Charl­ton re­mains one of the world’s most fa­mous foot­ballers.

Raised in Ash­ing­ton, Northum­ber­land, Bobby was tal­ent spot­ted by Man United aged 15.

‘It’s what you dream of, isn’t it? It was magic,’ he says in this spe­cial doc­u­men­tary to cel­e­brate his 80th birthday that also fea­tures in­ter­views with United le­gends Sir Alex Fer­gu­son, David Beck­ham and Wayne Rooney.

Bobby be­came one of man­ager Sir Matt Busby’s first team play­ers, the Busby Babes. But when he was 20, ev­ery­thing changed. As the team was re­turn­ing from a Euro­pean Cup match against Red Star Bel­grade on 6 Fe­bru­ary 1958, their plane crashed on take off at Mu­nich Air­port. Of the 44 on board, 23 died, eight were Bobby’s team mates.

‘Ev­ery­one was re­ally ex­cited be­cause we were through to the semis and we felt as though we could go on and win,’ says Bobby. ‘But then ev­ery­body knows what hap­pened…’

Bobby bravely con­tin­ued play­ing for United and be­came the cornerstone of the Eng­land team that won the World Cup in

1966, along with his foot­balling brother Jack.

‘To be the best team in the world was magic,’ he says. ‘To be in the World Cup fi­nal and win­ning it. It was very spe­cial.’

Disas­ter… 23 died in the crash of 1958 Ebisciis et volores eatius es dolupta World Cup win­ner… Bobby now, and with his team­mates, left

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