Bobby Charlton

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Ronny Rosenthal’s miss against Aston Villa in 1992 is still brought up when his name is mentioned  almost three decades on. Photograph:  Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images

Bobby Charlton is 84 today. The England World Cup winner and Manchester United icon will always be a revered sporting figure. He’s not the only former(...)

  Alex Ferguson’s son Jason  has made a moving and absorbing documentary about his father. Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

‘You’re lying on your bed and you are on your own,” Alex Ferguson says as he remembers being in hospital exactly three years ago this week when, after(...)

Sir Matt Busby in 1991: ‘I was in awe of him. Amazingly intelligent and cunning. Very hard and charming.’ Photograph: Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images

Eamon Dunphy answers the phone mid-conversation. Things to sort, things to do. Two podcasts to record tomorrow, one in the morning, one in the afterno(...)

Team-mates Alan Ball, left, and Nobby Stiles celebrate after England’s victory in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley, 30th July 1966. Photograph: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The family of Nobby Stiles have become ambassadors for a new charity launched by the families of former football and rugby players who have been diagn(...)

 Manchester City great Colin Bell died aged 74 on Tuesday afternoon. File photograph: Getty Images

By the look of the map, it seems Hart Street has gone. It has been demolished and replaced by Hart Crescent and a series of other streets in a small e(...)

Tommy Docherty is unveiled as Manchester United manager. Photograph: Getty

Tommy Docherty spent a lifetime breaching convention. From a loft – a “doocot” to Docherty – atop the main stand at Stamford Bridge, he could be found(...)

Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

The two men could hardly have been more different, other than, in their own way, each became footballing deity. Diego Maradona’s death, at the age of(...)

 Ireland assistant manager Maurice Setters and manager Jack Charlton after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Former Ireland assistant manager Maurice Setters has died aged 83. He served as Jack Charlton’s right-hand man during two World Cups and a European C(...)

Tom Kiernan pictured in 1982 when he was coach of Ireland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

First a brief rolling back of the years. At the time of his retirement in 1973 Tom Kiernan was Ireland’s most-capped player, most experienced captain (...)

Tony Dunne pictured with George Best and Bobby Charlton at Stamford Bridge in August 1971. Photograph:   Central Press/Getty Images

The Northenden golf club bar in Manchester was doing good business on the afternoon of May 16th, 1999 when silver-haired Tony Dunne walked in. A groan(...)

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