May 9, 2013
Can you name five living people you’ve seen depicted on a stamp?
We bet you’re finding it hard.
That’s probably because it’s a very rare and exclusive honour, particularly in the UK.
Today, however, Laureus Academy Member Bobby Charlton has been revealed as one of a handful of football greats to be shown on a new collection of UK stamps.
The special collection is being produced to mark the 150th anniversary of the rules of Association Football, the official form of the worldwide game. And Bobby has been named as one of 11 supremely gifted players to be featured who have left a legacy to the football world.
The stamps have been illustrated by artist Andrew Kinsman, who took existing photography of all the players to create a composite artwork. That means when the 11 stamps are placed together they form a traditional team shot (below).
To celebrate, Bobby Charlton was present at the iconic home of English football, Wembley Stadium, yesterday, to be introduced to his stamp likeness.
Bobby Charlton remains one of the all-time legends of football. A World Cup winner in 1966, he also won the European Cup for Manchester United in 1968.
Now he frequently volunteers his time and energy to support Laureus projects around the world, in addition to his campaigning for anti-landmine initiatives.
The stamps feature 11 heroes from England, Scotland Northern Ireland and Wales football: John Barnes (England); Gordon Banks (England); George Best (Northern Ireland); John Charles (Wales); Bobby Charlton (England); Jimmy Greaves (England); Kevin Keegan (England); Denis Law (Scotland); Dave Mackay (Scotland); Bobby Moore (England); Bryan Robson (England)
Find out more about the projects Bobby Charlton supports as a Laureus Academy Member here: http://www.laureus.com/foundation