Sir Bobby Charlton has revealled for the first time that he was never actually going bald during his playing career. Instead, his trademark comb-over was just an elaborate wheeze to unsettle defenders .
‘It started out as a joke,’ said Sir Bobby. ‘Nobby had that toothy grin, Bally did the squeaky voice thing and our Jack looked like a giraffe. I just wanted to join in the fun.’
Later, however, Charlton realised that during corners and free kicks, defenders spent more time watching the comb-over than the ball. ‘Why do you think George Best scored so many goals from the wing?’ he asked.
The comb-over had its greatest hour in the 1966 World Cup final, when it distracted Germany’s Uwe Seeler long enough for Geoff Hurst to score the decisive goal. ‘After that we were home and dry,’ Charlton said. ‘Just like me two minutes after taking a shower.’