Bobby Jack Monkey

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Welcome to Last Word on Football’s ‘Families in Football’ series. Over the next few weeks, we take a look at siblings, cousins, and even parents and children that have played the beautiful game. Some have played cup finals together while others have been on opposing sides. Today we look at Sir Bobby and Jack Charlton.
Of his era, Sir Bobby Charlton was someone who was venerated by the likes of Pele as one of the greatest English players to have played the game. Sir Bobby was an attacking dynamo and a legend for both Manchester United and England where his runs and goals from midfield were essential ingredients when it came to club and country success. He was renowned for his powerful shot and many a goalkeeper would have their hands stung when they faced Charlton, if they ever managed to get close to one of his ferocious pile drivers that is.
His debut for Manchester United came in 1956 where he became a first-team regular and one of the famed ‘Busby Babes’ before tragedy struck two years later in 1958 with the Munich air disaster which saw many of his team mates lose their lives. Charlton was a survivor and remains the only living survivor of that fateful crash.
Following a rebuilding process at Old Trafford, Charlton helped United to success, winning the 1965 First Division title and subsequently the 1967 title in what proved to be a golden era for the player and club. 1968 saw Charlton captain United to the European Cup, making them the first English club to win the competition, and he was on the scoresheet twice. Ten seasons after the Munich disaster, the final was a highly emotional night at Wembley stadium and the win dedicated to those who lost their lives.

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