Every year in Britain the BBC host their Sports’ Personality of the Year award to celebrate and award the best athletes and sportsmen of the last 12 months of competition across all disciplines, and last Sunday witnessed this year’s event.
Scooping the big prize was triple Olympic cycling champion Chris Hoy. Yet the standout moment of the evening arrived in a emotional celebration of the career of Sir Bobby Charlton – England’s all-time leading goalscorer and legendary Manchester United midfielder.
Surrounded by former teammates from both the England 1966 and Manchester United 1968 squads and receiving his award from his brother Jack, The Times’ Giles Smith gave a glowing report of how the BBC honoured Sir Bobby.
Smith: “One is not suggesting for a moment that the sports review cannot still pack a three-ply Kleenex moment when it needs to. Witness the presentation of the lifetime achievement award to Sir Bobby Charlton – although right here was the proof that you can lower in as many props as you like from the ceiling and get someone working away on a pommel horse in the corner, but nothing kick-starts the tear-ducts like a crowd of old boys standing around in ties.”
Sir Bobby Charlton’s award winning moment can be seen here.