My triumphs and tragedy
As the football legend turns 80, he looks back at his amazing life…
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.’
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