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27th Sep 2017

Manchester United fans will absolutely love this documentary that’s on BBC

Paul Moore

There are some Old Trafford icons here.

A few months ago, we brought you the news that the BBC would be broadcasting the exceptional documentary about the life of George Best. If you saw Daniel Gordon’s film, you’ll know that it perfectly captured a seminal period in the history of Manchester United.

On the field, the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Law, Best and Charlton destroyed all that came before them. In fact, throughout the 1960s, all three players would be voted as the winner of the Ballon d’Or.

This being said, no man epitomises the spirit, meaning, and values of Manchester United quite like Sir Bobby Charlton and to coincide with his 80th birthday, the BBC is airing a very special documentary.

Sir Bobby Charlton At 80 will celebrate the remarkable career of arguably England’s most iconic and greatest ever footballer.

Aside from being a key member of the England team that won the World Cup on home soil in 1966, Charlton was a pivotal part of a Manchester United team that was touched by success and tragedy in equal measure.

Charlton survived the Munich Air disaster in 1958 which killed several of his teammates, dubbed the ‘Busby Babes’. In the aftermath of this horrific tragedy, he became a crucial figure in the club’s resurgence, winning two league titles and unforgettably in 1968, the European Cup against Benfica.

In doing so, United became the first English club to lift the biggest prize in European club football.

Renowned for his attacking instincts and ferocious long-range shot, until recently, Charlton held the goalscoring records for England and Manchester United.

He received a knighthood in 1994 and was awarded the prestigious BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. A fiercely proud Englishman, Charlton remains a pivotal figure at Manchester United as an ambassador, Club Director and close confidante of a succession of managers.

Throughout the documentary, we get to hear some cracking anecdotes and stories from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Geoff Hurst, Eric Cantona, Rio Ferdinand, Denis Law, Gordon Banks, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, plus Bobby’s brothers, Jack and Tom Charlton.

The programme features incredible archive footage from Sir Bobby’s life in football, plus poignant contributions on the Munich crash from survivors including Sir Bobby himself.

The show airs on BBC One on 8 October at 10.30pm. Don’t miss it.