Sir Bobby Charlton made his Manchester United debut 60 years ago today (Thursday), when he scored twice in a 4-2 victory over Charlton Athletic at Old Trafford.
Charlton joined United in 1953 as an England Schoolboys prodigy with a big reputation and was yearning to make his mark in Matt Busby’s free-flowing team. With Tommy Taylor away with England on international duty for a game against Northern Ireland, his big chance arrived, five days short of his 19th birthday.
The famous footballing Knight spoke to MUTV some time ago about his bow in great detail as he offered his recollections of the start of an incredible odyssey.
“It was the longest time I’d ever been off the pitch injured,” recalled Sir Bobby. “There was a lad called Keith Marsden who played centre-back for Manchester City Reserves and we both hit the ball at the same time and my ankle swelled up. Three weeks later, Sir Matt Busby asked me how I was.