Bobby Charlton

The home of Manchester United legend, Bobby Charlton, (Pic. AFP) was raided by thieves as he watched his former side grab a valuable draw against Arsenal, police said.

Thieves stole items of football memorabilia from the England World Cup winner's home in Cheshire, northwest England, as Charlton watched the crunch game, 320 kilometres away in north London.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said the stolen items included a Fair Play award dated 1973 and a gold plaque depicting the 1966 World Cup.

Charlton, a director at United, was part of the England side that beat West Germany to lift the World Cup that year. "The intruders entered via the patio doors and escaped with a number of items," a police spokesman said.