Sir Bobby Charlton is without doubt one of the most famous English players of all time. His name is synonymous with some of the greatest moments in the English game but also with the highest traditions of sportsmanship and integrity.
Charlton, using his pace out of midfield and with a thunderous shot, scored some of the most spectacular goals English football has ever seen.
Born in Ashington, Northumberland, the Charlton family had football in its blood. Three of his uncles played for Leeds United and his mother's cousin was the Newcastle United legend, Jackie Milburn. In 1953, he was signed by Manchester United aged just 17 and would go on to spend the next 17 years at Old Trafford.
As one of the "Busby Babes" to survive the Munich Air Disaster he was in the great United side of the Fifties alongside Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne and Tommy Taylor, as well as the team of the Sixties featuring Denis Law and George Best that produced some of United's greatest ever football.
Initially a striker, he switched to outside-left with England and finally became a deep-lying centre forward renowned for his powerful shooting. Some of his famous long-range torpedoes have gone down as all time classic goals for both England and United.
In the 1966 World Cup he fired in two long range belters that sunk Portugal in the semi-final. While his 106 caps were eventually surpassed his total of 49 goals for England still remains a record to this day and is unlikely ever to be topped.