Sir Bobby: The Deepdale Gaffer



As Wayne Rooney closes in on the England goal-scoring record we thought we’d dig up a nice photo of the man he’s set to overtake; the legend that is Sir Bobby Charlton.

Rather than the usual images of Sir Bobby blasting one in for United or holding the World Cup aloft with England that we’re all so used to seeing, here we’ve opted for something a little less common. This pic is of Sir Bobby as he assumes the role of manager at Preston North End in 1973, a few months after hanging up his boots and leaving Old Trafford at the end of the 1972-73 season.

Charlton’s first task was signing his former United and England team-mate Nobby Stiles as player-coach. His first season ended in relegation however and although he began playing again he eventually left Preston early in the 1975–76 season after a disagreement with the board over the transfer of John Bird to Newcastle United. On the field he made 38 league appearances for Preston and scored 8 times.

After a brief stint with Waterford United in Ireland Charlton began doing punditry on matches for the BBC which continued for many years. In 1984 he became a director of Manchester United, a role he continues with to this day.


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