Bobby Charlton

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Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after the  Champions League round of 16 exit  to Atlético  Madrid. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA

They say culture eats strategy for breakfast and last Tuesday’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and Atlético Madrid was a perfect cas(...)

Frank O’Farrell shakes hands with Matt Busby, the man he replaced ast Manchester United manager. Photograph:  Alfred Markey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Imagine you are the newly-appointed manager of Manchester United. Imagine the club’s decline has been acknowledged by your legendary Scottish patriarc(...)

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(...)

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