Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE was born on October 11, 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland.
Charlton played 758 times for Manchester United, scoring 249 goals. He also represented England on 106 occasions, scoring 49 times. He is England's all-time highest goalscorer and lies fourth in the record appearance list. Charlton won three league titles at Man United, one FA Cup and one European Cup.
Charlton turned professional in 1954, becoming known as one of the Busby Babes, the group of talented young footballers who emerged at Manchester United under manager Matt Busby.
Much was expected of the BusbyBabes, but sadly they entered the history books for more tragic reasons, when on February 6, 1958, a plane carrying them back from a European Cup tie crashed on take-off in Munich. Seven of the team died, but Charlton survived, having been pulled from the wreckage of the aeroplane by Harry Gregg.
Busby rebuilt the side, with Charlton as one of the leading lights, and in 1963 they won the FA Cup, beating Leicester City 3-1. League titles also followed in 1965 and 1967.
In 1966, Charlton was an integral part of the England side that beat West Germany 4-2 to lift the World Cup. Charlton scored three goals in the tournament, including two during an accomplished display in the semi-final victory against Portugal.
In 1968 Charlton led Manchester United to their first ever European Cup. United beat Benfica 4-1 at Wembley, becoming the first English side to lift the trophy. Charlton scored twice, with George Best and Brian Kidd notching the other goals.
In 1969, Charlton was awarded the OBE for services to football. More milestones followed as he won his 100th England cap on April 21, 1970, against Northern Ireland, and was made captain by Sir Alf Ramsey for the occasion.
When Charlton was picked for the 1970 World Cup finals in Mexico, he became the first and to date only England player to be selected for four World Cup tournaments.