The Vanarama National League was saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton over the weekend, aged 86.

Sir Bobby made his debut for Manchester United in 1956, commanded the midfield for the Red Devils in over 750 games. He will forever be remembered as a legend for both Manchester United and England.

Famously a member of the ‘Busby Babes’, Charlton was a survivor of the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 before going on to score 249 goals for the club amassing three First Division titles, an FA Cup and a European Cup were the measure of an exceptional man who transcended his profession.

It wasn’t just his domestic side that felt his quality. A key player for England, Charlton appeared 106 times for the Three Lions, scoring 49 goals. His crowning glory was undoubtedly helping England to a famous World Cup win in 1966, playing alongside his brother Jack in the famous 4-2 defeat of Germany.

When his playing days ended, he moved on to be manager of Preston North End and Wigan Athletic before joining the Board of Directors at Manchester United – having a stand named in his honour in 2016.

Additionally, as an Ambassador for the English game, Sir Bobby represented our game across the globe and the game has so much to be grateful for his professionalism and commitment.