“Have a good time, Sir Bobby.”
Bobby Charlton is undoubtedly the most significant figure in the history of Manchester United. He surpasses other notable players such as George Best, Duncan Edwards, Ryan Giggs, Sir Alex Ferguson, Denis Law, Wayne Rooney, Harry Stafford, and Sir Matt Busby, who some may mistakenly believe to be on the same level. Charlton’s humble beginnings, exceptional skill, ability to overcome tragedy and his ongoing influence behind the scenes since retiring from the club in 1973 ensure that he will always hold a special place in the hearts of those at Old Trafford.
Others have and will do a better job than Football Daily at honoring Charlton and his impact on his family, club, and country. His passing has resurfaced some rarely seen clips. While the footage of him scoring two goals against Portugal in the 1966 World Cup semi-final is impressive, his goal in the iconic advertisement for a well-known tin company is equally enjoyable to watch. In the ad, Charlton is joined by his brother Jack, Alan Ball, Peter Beardsley, Stuart Pearce, Peter Reid, Chris Waddle, Bryan Robson, and other English football legends to form “probably the best pub team in the world.” Even at 69 years old, Bobby was willing to put on his boots and play with his old friends on a dreary November day in Barking. Everyone in the ad, except for the unfortunate person on the receiving end of a Pearce tackle, appears to be having a great time. Football has a way of making us forget our age and lose ourselves, and even Bobby Charlton was not immune to its magic.
To experience a moment of emotion, rather than humor, watch the 2008 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Bobby is presented with a lifetime achievement award by his estranged brother, Jack. In his brief but impactful speech, Jack proclaims Bobby as the greatest player he has ever seen and expresses their familial bond. Tears are shed by both brothers. Another clip from 2000 features Bobby discussing Manchester United’s Champions League victory in 1999. He shares the story with a childlike innocence and enthusiasm, describing the unforgettable moment when the winning goal was scored at Camp Nou. As the interview ends, Bobby reflects, “This is what paradise is all about.” The three clips showcase different facets of the legendary Bobby Charlton.
Manchester United have made a commendable effort in honoring Charlton following his passing on Saturday. Before their victory against Sheffield United, they laid flowers and wore armbands. Additionally, a moment of silence was held during the press conference on Monday. Ahead of their Big Cup match against Copenhagen on Tuesday, a special tribute will take place. Manager Erik ten Hag expressed his admiration for the legendary player and his impact on both Manchester United and world football. The team’s focus is not only on the match, but also on Charlton’s family and his enduring legacy. As they currently sit at the bottom of their Big Cup group after two losses, anything less than a win would not be fitting for such an occasion. United, do not disappoint.
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“I was able to comprehend [Steven] Gerrard more easily, but [Jamie] Carragher was truly remarkable. However, even if I were to place an English child in Cádiz with my friends, the experience would be similar. I enjoyed it very much and was content during my time in Liverpool.” – Suso shares with Sid Lowe his experiences and difficulties as a young teenager moving to Merseyside, including attempting to understand Carra’s accent.
David Squires discussing Bobby Charlton
Bobby Charlton achieved league championships, a European Cup, and the World Cup amidst the challenges of recovering from the Munich tragedy. Check out our cartoonist’s homage to the beloved late English and Manchester United hero here.
FOOTBALL DAILY LETTERS
“Should we consider giving David Squires the Pulitzer Prize at this point? He has beautifully portrayed the essence of Bobby Charlton, encompassing both his human side and his successes, along with the sorrow and acclaim. We are grateful to him for reminding us of Charlton’s significant role in our memories of football and what it represents.” – Charles Antaki.
James Maddison, similar to the entertainment on Noel’s House Party, may be entertaining but at least he is putting in effort. Otherwise, all we have are unoriginal sideline reporters asking highly trained athletes about the significance of something. To which the response always seems to be that it is extremely important. It would be refreshing to see someone like Max Aarons acknowledge that a last-minute tie at Luton is not as crucial as the Treaty of Portsmouth.
“Following the picture of Son Heung-min and Maddison celebrating with a ‘dart throwing’ gesture, I anticipate a review from VAR to confirm that their feet were not overstepping the oche.” – James Boyle.
In response to Clive Francis’ question about acronyms [from Monday’s letters], one possible answer is CAMEL – representing Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, and Liverpool at the end of the 2004-05 season. I must confess, the fact that I recalled this information without having to research it is worrying for both myself and my family – Patrick Fahy.
Please submit your correspondence to [email protected]. The recipient of today’s prizeless letter of the day is Patrick Fahy.
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