Issue Date: 09/05/2013
Issue Name: Football Heroes - Sir Bobby Charlton Full Set Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
2013 marked the 150th anniversary of of the founding of The Football Association, as well as 140 years of The Scottish Football Association. To commemorate this occasion Royal Mail issued a set of eleven stamps featuring a 'dream team' of legenday footballers from the United Kingdom. Each stamp features Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore, Dave MacKay, George Best, Kevin Keegan, Bryan Robson, John Barnes, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, John Charles and Jimmy Greaves.
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. He was born in Ashington on 11th October 1937, and signed by Manchester United when aged 17. As one of the "Busby Babes" to survive the Munich air disaster, he teamed up with Denis Law and George Best in the 1960s to produce some of United's greatest ever football.
All in all Charlton played more than 750 games for Manchester United and scored 247 goals in all competitions. He was also voted "European Football of the Year" in 1966, the same year England hosted and won the World Cup for their first and so far only time.
Charlton retired from international football in 1970. He played 106 times for England - a record at that time - and scored 49 goals, which is still a record in English football. Having retired from all football in 1973 he became manager of Preston NE, worked as director of Wigan Athletic, and in 1984 was appointed director of Manchester United. He was awarded a CBE in 1974 and a knighthood in 1994.
On 2nd March 2009, Charlton was given the freedom of the city of Manchester, stating "I'm just so proud, it's fantastic. It's a great city. I have always been very proud of it".
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Sir Robert Charlton CBE is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or.