Clubs played for: East Northumberland Schools, Manchester United, Preston North End, Waterford United (1953-1976)
Birthplace: Ashington, Northumberland
Position: Attacking midfielder Forward
Biography: Arguably Manchester United's greatest servant, Sir Bobby has been part of the club's ups and downs for over forty years. Even taking into account brief spells at Preston and Wigan at the tail end of his playing career, there is no doubt that his knighthood was bestowed for services to one establishment in particular, his beloved Manchester United Football Club. From the moment he first ventured to the city from his native north-east, it was obvious that here was a star in the making. Within a year, young Bobby had signed professional terms and started out on a career that would take in over 750 games. Having survived both the horror of the Munich accident as well as the terrible trauma that followed, thankfully highs were a plenty. 106 England caps can be proudly displayed alongside winner's medals from FA Cup, European Cup and World Cup victories. On an individual basis, he also added the title of Footballer of the Year, European Footballer of the Year, an OBE in 1969 and finally the right to be called 'Sir' in 1994. For the fans, he has provided a lifetime of memories: not only great goals, of which he scored over 300, but tremendous dedication and skill; as well as in later years, the unique picture of his remaining strands of hair flapping in the wind as he set off on a foray into an opponent's danger area before unleashing one of his famous rocket shots! He had a spell as manager of Preston, then built up several businesses from travel, jewellery and ran a global soccer school. He has been a United director since 1994, and has been an ambassador for several bids to bring sporting events to England from the Commonwealth Games, Olympics Games and the World Cup.
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