Category: England Players C

Bobby Charlton

Bobby Charlton

 
Bobby Charlton  
Name: Robert Charlton
Date of Birth: 11th October 1937
Place of Birth: Ashington, Northumberland, England
England Debut: 19th April 1958
Against: Scotland
Final Game: 14th June 1970
Against: West Germany
League Club: Manchester United, Preston North End, Waterford United
 
Bobby Charlton grew up in a family for whom football was a major influence.  His mother had 4 brothers and a cousin who all played professionally, and Charlton’s older brother Jack became a player for Leeds United
 
Growing up, Charlton was educated at Bedlington Grammar School and played youth football for East Northumberland Schools. He was spotted by a scout on 9 February 1953 and recruited for Manchester United.  He began playing for England Schoolboys and when he was 15 years old he signed professionally for Manchester United.  In October 1956, Charlton debuted for the first team in a match against Charlton Athletic.
 
He played well for the team for the following two seasons. However, on 6 February 1958 Bobby Charlton’s world was turned upside down when he was one of the Manchester United players involved in the fatal Munich Air Crash which saw several players and team staff perish.  In a twist of fate, Charlton, and player Dennis Viollet, swapped seats with two other players, Tommy Taylor and David Pegg, minutes before the stricken take-off.  Charlton and Viollet survived the crash.  Taylor and Pegg did not.
 
He received his call-up to play for England on 19 April 1958 against Scotland and continued to make regular appearances for the national side.  In 1959 he scored an impressive hat-trick against the USA in an 8 – 1 win for England.  An equally impressive performance in 1961 against Mexico saw him score a hat-trick in England’s 8 – 0 win. In 1966 Bobby arguable reached the pinnacle of his career at England when he helped the team win the World Cup. 
 
Charlton’s last match for England was in the 1970 World Cup in Mexico in a defeat to West Germany. The final match of his footballing career took place in 1973 against Chelsea.
 

After retiring from professional football, Charlton took the opportunity to become a manager for teams such as Preston North End and Wigan Althletic.  He opened an eclectic group of businesses, from jewellery stores and travel agents, to soccer schools in the UK and abroad.  He was knighted in 1994 and inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. 

He worked with committees involved in the promotion of the 2012 Olympic games and is a member of the board of directors at Manchester United.

 
Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole

 
Ashley Cole  
Name: Ashley Cole
Date of Birth: 20th December 1980
Place of Birth: Stepney, London
England Debut: 28th March 2001
Against: Albania
   
   
League Club: Chelsea
 
Ashley Cole is of British and Barbadian heritage.  His father, Ron Callender moved to Australia when Cole was a child and he was brought up in London by his mother, Sue Cole, along with his younger brother Matthew.
 
Cole began his footballing career with the Arsenal Junior team in 1997, signing up to the Senior squad in 1999.  He made his first appearance for the team in the November of that year when they played Middlesbrough in the Worthington Cup but he spent part of that season on loan to Crystal Palace – a total of three months.  However, after Sylvinho suffered an injury in 2000, Cole managed to establish himself as the left back on the first team, remaining with Arsenal as a regular first-starter until 2006.  He managed to clock up impressive stats during that time, including two Premier League wins and three FA Cup Final wins.
 
Cole was involved in a tapping-up scandal in early 2005 involving rival’s Chelsea, but although he remained with Arsenal until 2006 he eventually did make a move to Chelsea in a £5 million deal which went through on August 31 that year.
 
Cole made his first appearance for his new club on 9 September 2006 when they beat Charlton Athletic 2-1.  He went on to win two further FA Cups, bringing his tally in line with the existing Cup record of 5 wins overall.
 
Cole played for the England youth teams, scoring one goal out of his four appearances for the U21’s.  On 28 March 2001 he debuted for the senior squad against Albania in the FIFA World Cup qualifier and went on to represent England at the following World Cup and European Football Championships in 2002, 2004.  He represented the country again in 2006 when his crucial block against Ecuador in the second round helped get England as far as the Quarter Finals.
 
Cole was awarded the Chelsea Players’ Player of the Year in 2009.
 
At the time of writing this (May 2012), Ashley Cole has appeared for Chelsea a total of 261 times, scoring 6 goals, all of which were scored in the Premier League. He has been capped 93 times for England. No goals.