• Short Summary

    BOBBY CHARLTON, ENGLAND, BALDING 32-YEAR-OLD SOCCER CHAMPION,IS EXPECTED TO JOIN TOMORROW (APRIL 21) THE SMALL, SELECT BAND OF SOCCER PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED IN 100 INTERNATIONAL MATCHES.

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    BOBBY CHARLTON, ENGLAND, BALDING 32-YEAR-OLD SOCCER CHAMPION,IS EXPECTED TO JOIN TOMORROW (APRIL 21) THE SMALL, SELECT BAND OF SOCCER PLAYERS WHO HAVE PLAYED IN 100 INTERNATIONAL MATCHES.

    THE MATCH WHICH IS EXPECTED TO CROWN THE MANCHESTER UNITED'S PLAYER'S 14-YEAR-OLD CAREER AS A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER, IS ENGLAND VERSUS IRELAND AT LONDON'S WEMBLEY STADIUM. BUT THE DECISION HAS NOT YET BEEN TAKEN BY ENGLAND'S MANAGER SIR ALF RAMSEY WHO IS NOT EXPECTED TO NAME HIS SIDE UNTIL SHORTLY BEFORE KICK-OFF.

    AMONG ENGLISH FOOTBALL FANS THE TENSION IS ALMOST AS HIGH AS DURING THE APOLLO-13 ASTRONAUT'S RETURN TO EARTH. BOBBY CHARLTON IS MORE THAN A FOOTBALLER TO BRITISH CROWDS. HE REPRESENTS A WHOLE EMOTIONAL APPROACH TO THE GAME. MOST FANS SIMPLY REFER TO HIM AS "THE BEST FOOTBALLER IN THE WORLD". HE IS NOT ONLY ADMIRED FOR HIS INCREDIBLE SPORTING SKILL. HE IS ALSO REVERED FOR HIS SPORTING ATTITUDES, HIS MODESTY, HIS CHIVALRY AND HIS GENEROSITY IN PLAY. BOBBY CHARLTON IS THE ARISTOCRAT OF THE SOCCER WORLD.

    BUT JUST THE SAME THERE IS SOME DOUBT AS TO WHETHER SIR ALF WILL SELECT HIM FOR TOMORROW'S GAME AGAINST IRELAND. AND THE REASON IS SIMPLE: THERE ARE DOUBTS ABOUT HIS PRESENT PLAYING FORM. HE WAS ONE OF SEVERAL ENGLISH PLAYERS WHO GAVE SUB-STANDARD DISPLAYS IN THE 1-1 DRAW WITH WALES ON SATURDAY WHEN ENGLAND'S MIDFIELD FAILINGS WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FACTOR OF THE GAME.

    IF CHARLTON DOES PLAY TOMORROW, HE WILL JOIN THE SMALL BAND OF INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WHO REACHED THE CENTURY MARK: WRIGHT OF ENGLAND; JALMA SANTOS AND GYLMAR OF BRAZIL; BOZSIK OF HUNGARY AND SVENNSEN OF NORWAY.

    CHARLTON HAS PLAYED AGAINST 30 COUNTRIES IN A 12-YEAR SPAN AS AN INTERNATIONAL. IN INTERNATIONAL GAMES, HE IS ENGLAND'S TOP SCORER WITH 47 GOALS TO HIS CREDIT. HE WAS A KEY FIGURE IN ENGLAND'S 1966 WORLD CUP VICTORY. THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT HE WAS NAMED BOTH ENGLISH AND EUROPEAN FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR.

    ONCE AN OUTSIDE LEFT, BOBBY CHARLTON NOW PLAYS CENTRE-FORWARD. AS A 19-YEAR-OLD, STILL A RELATIVELY UNKNOWN PLAYER, HE WAS ONE OF THE FEW SURVIVORS OF THE 1958 MUNICH PLANE CRASH WHICH DECIMATED THE MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM. HE STEPPED OUT OF THE PLANE ALMOST UNHURT TO BECOME ONE OF THE GREATEST LIGHTS IN BRITISH FOOTBALL.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAFA91OGOSJE0ACDUHNYYPKUCV
    Media URN:
    VLVAFA91OGOSJE0ACDUHNYYPKUCV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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