Sir Bobby Charlton OBE


A legend of British football, Sir Bobby Charlton played for Manchester United for over twenty years. Remembered for his pivotal role in the England World Cup win of 1966, Charlton now works as a sports speaker on both the broadcasting and after dinner speaker circuits.

Beginning his career in the mid-1950s, Charlton joined Manchester United’s youth team aged sixteen and quickly demonstrated his skills as an attacking midfielder. Sir Bobby would remain strong in this position throughout his career and became known for his fitness and stamina. His impressive passing abilities and long-range shots were praised by pundits the world over and are remembered to this day as the cornerstone of Charlton’s game.

Whilst at United, Sir Bobby made over 750 appearances, scored over 200 goals and was the club’s most capped player until Ryan Giggs overtook the record. He helped the club win three Football League First Division trophies, as well as a European Cup and FA Cup. Sir Bobby Charlton is one of the most beloved players to ever grace Old Trafford and remains an immensely popular figure at the club.

As well as being an icon for Manchester United, Sir Bobby Charlton is also remembered as one of the members of the legendary World Cup-winning team of 1966. First called up to the English national team in 1958, Sir Bobby played a huge part in England’s only ever World Cup tournament win to date. He scored the first goal in the 2-0 win over Mexico before really shining in the defeat of Portugal in the semi-finals. Scoring two to make him joint-highest scorer in the competition for England, he helped the team reach the final against West Germany and we all know what happened from then!

Sir Bobby Charlton retired from England duty in 1970 and left Manchester United to become a manager for Preston North End in 1973. He worked consistently as a manager, pundit and football speaker throughout the seventies, maintaining a casual contract with the BBC as well as becoming director of Wigan Athletic.

Alongside his work as an after dinner speaker, Sir Bobby has also established a number of international businesses, covering a variety of areas including travel, jewellery and hampers. He has also gained international acclaim for the various soccer schools he opened in struggling countries such as South Africa.

Continuing his association with Manchester United, Sir Bobby Charlton became a member of the club’s board of directors in 1984 and has held this position for more than twenty years. He continues to work as a football speaker for the club as well as making appearances on television and at live sports celebrations and fan events.

To book Sir Bobby Charlton as the football speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Sir Bobby is known to cover the following topics:

  • Sporting Success
  • Football Speaker
  • Manchester United
  • World Cup 1966
  • Sports broadcaster

Listen to Sir Bobby discussing life after the Munich air disaster: