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Sir Bobby wins Lifetime Achievement award

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by U13726363 14 December 2008
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Sir Bobby Charlton will be honoured with the 2008 BBC Sports Personality's Lifetime Achievement award on Sunday.

Charlton, 71, helped England to World Cup success in 1966 and then led Manchester United to European Cup glory in 1968, scoring twice in the final.

The award, which recognises Sir Bobby's 50 years dedicated to football, will be presented to him by brother Jack during Sunday's event on BBC One at 1900 GMT.

Sir Bobby remains England's all-time leading scorer with 49 goals.

He also scored 249 goals for Manchester United in 758 appearances during a club career that spanned from 1953 to 1973.


Sir Bobby will be joined by legendary friends from the world of football as well as a group of other survivors from the Munich air crash, which happened 50 years ago this year.

Previous winners of the Lifetime Achievement award include Sir Bobby Robson (2007), Bjorn Borg (2006), Pele (2005), Sir Ian Botham (2004), Martina Navratilova (2003), George Best (2002) and Sir Alex Ferguson (2001).

The Lifetime Achievement award celebrates those who have made a significant contribution to sport and demonstrable success in their relevant sport throughout their careers. The award is the gift of the BBC.
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He should have won this award earlier but what a man. A player who nearly died in the Munich crash and then went on to win the World Cup for England and the European Cup for Manchester United. He deserves it.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

I have only seen Bobby Charlton through archive footage but it's obvious he was one hell of a player!

I loved his comments last night about how easy he found football; well you would do when you're that good!<smiley>

Really nice to see his brother present his award as well as they have had their problems in the past but they look like they have got past all that now.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

Did you hear the one about the Englishman (Sir Bobby - probably the best footballer to play in England), the Irishman (George Best - the only man I've ever seen to run flat out with a football tied to his bootlaces), and the Scot (Denis Law - probably the faster man in the world over 15 yards)?
Well, I was lucky. I watched them week in and week out between 1966 and 1970 at Old Trafford. I didn't appreciate at the time the unique talent I was watching. Suffice to say - "They will never come our way again".

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posted Dec 15, 2008

Bobby Charlton was/is an inspiration - as a footballer and as a gentleman. That he should have come so close to death, yet survived, suggested destiny had a place for him. And so it proved.
For football fans of that era, just saying 'Charlton','Law','Best' sent a tingle down your spine. True Legends.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

Absolutely deserved, decent chap and great ambassador for British football <applause>

Ps. Lets hope brother Jackie gets his next year!

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posted Dec 15, 2008

Are you absolutely sure he was even a footballer?

Ive never saw any pictures of him in nightclubs or wearing a huge diamond encrusted watch.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

This is a young man who pulled out the bodies of his best mates from an air crash and then pulled himself together to go on and win every possible title in the world of football. In my book, that's what being "hard" means.

Oh, and finally, the image of him in his final days as an England international in an away game in Yugoslavia (I think) going over to take a corner and the local fans standing up to applaud him.

What other English player ever commanded that kind of respect?
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I bet he loves watching players turn their backs on the ref when being spoken to!!
Some of these modern prycks should be forced to watch videos of The Big Match from late 60s early 70s to see how easy they got it.
Charlton etc also played their football at places like the Baseball ground on the mud. Nowadays the muppets play on a snooker table.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

Great watching that video. Im in NY and made me all nostalgic for those early 70s Saturday afternoons. Teleprinter... Saturday evening news...Proper winters....
I think it may be related to getting old,though it might be that modern football is crep.
I dont care how fit they are. I prefered watching Francis Lee & Ken Wagstaff puffing in the mud while Hunter Storey and Harris tried to bring em down.
Keep your freaking poodle haired noncey modern footballer playing his play station after shegging a non-ebrity.
Thats my opinion,by the way. I didnt say it was scientifically work out.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

This is a young man who pulled out the bodies of his best mates from an air crash and then pulled himself together to go on and win every possible title in the world of football. In my book, that's what being "hard" means.
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As the saying goes:
Sir Bobby Charlton,they really dont make them like that anymore.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

Great to see the reception Sir Bobby got, it shows the love and respect he still commands. Typical of him to be gestering to the audience to stop with all the applause but if ever there was a well deserved award & tribute this was it.

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posted Dec 15, 2008

After all he has achieved and been through, he was still humbled to receive the award. Long overdue. Sir Bobby, you are a legend.

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