Remembering Sir Bobby Charlton’s one appearance for Warrington

Old Trafford has become a special place in rugby league especially for the likes of Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos and St Helens in modern times.

It has been the home of many sporting greats from our great game, cricket but of course football.

One of those great players was of course England Football World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton who sadly passed away on Saturday.

Not just the footballing world, but the whole sporting world is in mourning for one of the most beloved sportsmen this country has produced.

But in rugby league, Charlton holds a special place. This is because in 1976 Sir Bobby starred at scrum half for Warrington in a testimonial match against Leigh wearing the iconic number seven shirt as highlighted first by 40-20 but then by the BBC.

A fascinating tale that shows just how talented Sir Bobby was.

Naturally, Manchester United released a statement:

Manchester United is in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club.

Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world.

He was admired as much for his sportsmanship and integrity as he was for his outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game.

A graduate of our youth Academy, Sir Bobby played 758 games and scored 249 goals during 17 years as a Manchester United player, winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup. For England, he won 106 caps and scored 49 goals, and won the 1966 World Cup.
Following his retirement, he went on to serve the club with distinction as a director for 39 years. His unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will be forever etched in the history of Manchester United and English football; and his legacy will live on through the life-changing work of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation.

The club’s heartfelt sympathies are with his wife Lady Norma, his daughters and grandchildren, and all who loved him.

Serious About Rugby League echoes these sentiments.