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Known for his part in England's legendry 1966 World Cup win over West Germany at Wembley, Charlton also enjoyed a 20-year professional career at Elland Road and no other player has made more league appearances for the Yorkshire club.
He made his debut for Leeds in April 1953 and within two years he was a fixture in Raich Carter's starting XI. His rock solid performances at the heart of the defence helped the club win promotion to the old First Division in 1957 and once he was joined in the defence by Norman Hunter in the early 1960s, Leeds were ready to become a major force.
In 1967 Charlton was voted Player of the Year and the following year, Leeds beat Arsenal to lift the League Cup. In 1969, the team won the championship and two years later they claimed the Fairs Cup after beating Italian giants Juventus. Charlton completed his haul of domestic honors in 1972 when Leeds beat Arsenal 1-0 in the FA Cup final.
An injury, which forced Charlton to retirement after two decades service in 1973. He played in total a record 629 league games for the club and in his phenomenal 774 appearances for Leeds in all competitions; he was only four short of a century of goals.