A footballer named Manchester United’s “first real star” has been inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. But Charlie Roberts is now recollected more for his labor union activism off the degree than his success on it.
Roberts was an England international who commanded the Red Devils to their firstly two organization names and their first FA Cup winning in the years before World War One.
He was also a campaigner for players’ titles, founding football’s firstly successful players’ consolidation and producing his squad of self-declared “outcasts” to succes over the Football Association( FA ).
Born in County Durham in 1883, he had grown up among quarrying societies that were at the heart of the burgeoning trade union movement – an upbringing that would go on to influence his later career.
His football talent took him to Manchester United in 1904 where his robust attacking uttered him a fans’ favourite.