Sir Bobby sees yellow
|Sir Bobby Charlton|
Sir Bobby Charlton
fears that he would have been booked for arguing with the referee if he was playing
the game today.
Sir Bobby, who was never booked in 17 years of playing for
Manchester United and England, claims that the scrutiny and pace of the modern
game would have blemished his impeccable record.
Sir Bobby says, "I
don't think I would have any sort of reputation today. I think I would be booked
"I think there is so much attention to every word you
"In the old days you could drop the odd swear word in with the
referees and that was okay, but now it is un-relenting
the cameras are
on you all the time."
The former United and
England footballing legend recalled his excitement at being picked for the first
It is 50 years since his United debut against Charlton in October
"On Friday morning's the teams went up on the board and everybody
hoped that their names were on it.
"Before it went up somebody said
'the boss (Sir Matt Busby) wants to see you upstairs in his office'.
were only two reasons he wanted to see people upstairs in his office that was
either bad news or good news.
"I'd had a little knock on my right ankle
in the reserves a couple of weeks before and it was swollen up a bit, not like
today it took a long time to get right. And it was a bit painful.
Matt said 'How's your ankle?'" I said (laughing) "My ankle's fine, the
"So Sir Matt said: "If it's alright you are
playing in the first team tomorrow."
"Wow!, you know, I can't
tell you what it felt like."
Sir Bobby talked
about surviving the Munich air crash in February 1958 before going on to play
in the glorious United team of the 1960s with George Best and Denis Law.
Bobby summed up 50 years quite simply. "It's just been an absolute pleasure.
My game I love, I mean I love this game, it's my whole life, and it has been for
as long as I can remember.
"Since I was a very very little boy I wanted
to be a footballer. I was lucky I had no serious injuries, a lot of players do
suffer badly but I was lucky in that respect. I played with good teams, good players.
It was magic."
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