Monday, August 29, 2011

English Leagues the 70s: Chelsea Manchester United, Division One 1972 1973 Bobby Charlton Last Game

28 April 1973
Stanford Bridge,

 It's impossible to name for sure the greatest Manchester United player of all time. How can you compare footballers from different ezas and different positions, and come up with a definitive answer? But a few key individuals are bound to crop up on any shortlist: Edwards, Best, Charlton and Cantona would surely be there. But when it comes to the most influential player in the club's history, then you are picking from a list of one: it can only be Bobby Charlton. A glance at the statistics alone establishes his status: he still holds the club's appearances record (606 League games, including two as a substitute) and remains United's all-time top-scorer with 199 league goals. And for sheer longevity he stands out from the rest. Charlton made his first-team debut in 1956 and won two Championship medals with the great Busby Babes team. He overcame the horror of Munich to become a mainstay of the side in the 19605; throughout the transitional years while Busby re-built the team and on into the title-winning campaigns and the glory of the European Cup in 1968. Even into the 19703 Charlton was an effective midfield operator, until he made an emotional farewell to his time as a United player. But the figures and dates tell less than half the story. Most importantly, he was a beautiful footballer to watch. There have been few more thrilling sights in United's history than that of Charlton running from deep with the ball at his feet, the perfect marriage of grace and power. Defenders trailed in his wake as he swept onwards, before unpacking his hammer of a shot to send the ball soaring into the net.

Charlton had a football intelligence that made him master in a series of different roles. In his early days he was a deadly penalty box operator, playing a striking role which suited him so well that he scored 29 League goals in 38 games in the first full season after Munich. In the early 19605 he was more commonly found on the left wing, where his direct running and ability to deliver an accurate ball made him one of the best wide players in the country. But his best role was probably the deeper, midfield position he made his own while United were climbing back to the summit of English football in the mid-1960s. It was also the place he played his best football for his country, and his surging runs and thoughtful passing made him a prime architect of England's triumph in the 1966 World Cup. It was that tournament that cemented Charlton's reputation as one of the world's greatest players. Out of all England's heroes that year Charlton was singled out for the European Player of the Year award. By the time he played his last competitive game for United, a i-o defeat at Chelsea on 28 April 1973, Charlton had amassed a list of honours rivalled by few players: three Championships, an FA Cup, a European Cup and a World Cup. He played 106 games for England and remains top of his country's all-time goalscoring list with 49. Most importantly, he had earned the respect and admiration of his peers, and the game's most discerning judges. Busby said, 'There has never been a more popular footballer. He was as near perfection as man and player as it is possible to be.'

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 In Sir Bobby Charlton's last game for United, the Blues chairman presented England's record goal scorer with a commemorative cigarette case. Unfortunately for the striker it wasn't a happy ending as a Peter Osgood goal gave victory to the home side.


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